Prokopchuk_Photo Demyan Prokopchuk

phone: 973-353-0598
office: LSC 200

Prokopchuk Group Web Site

Research Interests

Having sustainable, on-demand energy sources for stationary and mobile applications is a grand research challenge of the 21st century. New catalysts are needed that efficiently and selectively react with small molecules for chemical energy conversion, especially in atom-economical processes that circumvent or utilize atmospheric CO2 emissions. To address these challenges, members of my group will employ principles of synthetic inorganic and organometallic chemistry towards small molecule activation, chemical energy conversion, and (electro)catalysis.

I encourage motivated and enthusiastic students to contact me for more information about my research program.

Selected Publications

  1. Catalytic N2 Reduction into Silylamines and Thermodynamics of N2 Binding at Square Planar Fe D. E. Prokopchuk, E. S. Wiedner, E. D. Walter, N. A. Piro, W. S. Kassel, C. V. Popescu, R. M. Bullock, M. T. Mock " J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 9291. [doi]
  2. Exploring the Role of Pendant Amines in Transition Metal Complexes for the Reduction of N2 to Hydrazine and Ammonia P. Bhattacharya, D. E. Prokopchuk, M. T. Mock Coord. Chem. Rev. 2017, 334, 67. [doi]
  3. Insights into metal-ligand hydrogen transfer: a square-planar ruthenate complex supported by a tetradentate amino-amido-diolefin ligand D. E. Prokopchuk, A. J. Lough, R. E. Rodriguez-Lugo, R. H. Morris, H. Grützmacher Chem. Commun. 2016, 52, 6138 [doi]
  4. Details of the Mechanism of the Asymmetric Transfer Hydrogenation of Acetophenone Using the Amine(imine)diphosphine Iron Precatalyst: The Base Effect and The Enantiodetermining Step W. Zuo, D. E. Prokopchuk, A. J. Lough, R. H. Morris ACS Catalysis 2016, 6, 301. [doi]
  5. Intramolecular C-H/O-H Bond Cleavage with Water and Alcohol Using a Phosphine-Free Ruthenium Carbene NCN Pincer Complex D. E. Prokopchuk, B. T. H. Tsui, A. J. Lough, R. H. Morris Chem. Eur. J. 2014, 20, 16960. [doi]
  6. Inner-Sphere Activation, Outer-Sphere Catalysis: Theoretical Study on the Mechanism of Transfer Hydrogenation of Ketones Using Iron(II) PNNP Eneamido Complexes D. E. Prokopchuk, R. H. Morris Organometallics 2012, 31, 7375. [doi]