This subproject is one of many research subprojects utilizing the resources provided by a Center grant funded by NIH/NCRR. Primary support for the subproject and the subproject's principal investigator may have been provided by other sources, including other NIH sources. The Total Cost listed for the subproject likely represents the estimated amount of Center infrastructure utilized by the subproject, not direct funding provided by the NCRR grant to the subproject or subproject staff. Prof Chirik is interested in studying low-valence transition metal ion compounds (Ti, Zr, Hf, Nb) for nitrogen fixation. For this purpose he synthesized and studied a number of compounds, such as bis(cyclopentadienyl)zirconium complexes and used a variety of methods including ESR for their identification. As an important service/training component of the center activity, ACERT staff trained a number of graduate students from Chirik's group to use the Bruker EMX ESR machine and helped them with analyzing the spectra. ESR spectroscopy clearly demonstrated that the reaction products consisted of two nitrogen atoms each bearing a free electron. Synthesis of 13C substituted compounds and analysis of the additional ESR spectral splitting via 13C nuclei provided further structural details. Along with the main product, ESR detects substantial amounts of other products. Based on their g-factors and their anisotropy, isotope satellite lines etc. the products were identified as Zr(III) compounds. ESR was also used to quantify the ratio of reaction products (radical vs. non-radical, Zr(IV) vs. Zr(III)) and helped in choosing conditions favoring the desired reaction path. Similar work is now in progress for niobium organic compounds.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Type
Biotechnology Resource Grants (P41)
Project #
2P41RR016292-11
Application #
8363997
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRG1-BCMB-K (40))
Project Start
2011-09-01
Project End
2012-08-31
Budget Start
2011-09-01
Budget End
2012-08-31
Support Year
11
Fiscal Year
2011
Total Cost
$482
Indirect Cost
Name
Cornell University
Department
Chemistry
Type
Schools of Arts and Sciences
DUNS #
872612445
City
Ithaca
State
NY
Country
United States
Zip Code
14850
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