Center for Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalization (CCHF)


T. Brent Gunnoe

Lead Institution:

University of Virginia


To develop, validate, and optimize new methods to rearrange the bonds of hydrocarbons, implement enzymatic strategies into synthetic systems, and design optimal environments for catalysts that can be used to reversibly functionalize hydrocarbons, especially for more efficient use of natural gas including low temperature conversion to liquid fuels.

Research Topics:

catalysis (homogeneous), catalysis (heterogeneous), bio-inspired, hydrogen and fuel cells, materials and chemistry by design, synthesis (novel materials)

Materials Studied:

MATERIALS: semiconductor, metal, oxide, porous
INTERFACES: organic/metal, gas/liquid

Experimental and Theoretical Methods:

X-ray diffraction and scattering, surface science, density functional theory (DFT), quantum mechanics

Map of institutions in EFRC

Partner Institutions:

  • Brigham Young University
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • University of Maryland
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 
  • University of North Texas
  • Princeton University
  • The Scripps Research Institute
  • University of Virginia
  • Yale University


BES Staff Contact:

Jeffrey L. Krause
Last modified: 8/27/2014 4:52:07 PM