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Publications


Recent Highlights





Books

Reaction Pathways and Mechanisms in Thermocatalytic Biomass Conversion Volume I:
Cellulose Structure, Depolymerization and Conversion by Heterogeneous Catalysts.
Editors: Marcel Schlaf, Z. Conrad Zhang, Springer 2015
ISBN: 978-981-287-687-4

Reaction Pathways and Mechanisms in Thermocatalytic Biomass Conversion Volume II:
Homogeneously Catalyzed Transformations, Acrylics from Biomass, Theoretical Aspects, Lignin Valorization and Pyrolysis Pathways
Editors: Schlaf, Marcel, Zhang, Z. Conrad, Springer 2015
ISBN 978-981-287-769-7


Papers

53) Elise M.-J. Banz Chung, Maryanne K. Stones, Elnaz Latifi, Cameron Moore, Andrew D. Sutton, Gary Umphrey, Dmitriy V. Soldatov, and Marcel Schlaf.
Ruthenium triphos complexes [Ru(X(CH2PPh2)33-P)(NCCH3)](OTf)2; X = H3C-C , N) as catalysts for the conversion of furfuryl acetate to 1,4-pentanediol and cyclopentanol in aqueous medium.
Can. J. Chem., 2021, 99 (2), 113-126.
https://doi.org/10.1139/cjc-2019-0374

52) Maryanne K. Stones, Elise M.-J. Banz Chung, Igor Tadeu da Cunha, Ryan J. Sullivan,Parnian Soltanipanah, Megan Magee, Gary J. Umphrey, Cameron M. Moore, Andrew D. Sutton and Marcel Schlaf
Conversion of Furfural Derivatives to 1,4-Pentanediol and Cyclopentanol in Aqueous Medium Catalyzed by trans-[(2,9-Dipyridyl-1,10-phenanthroline)(CH3CN)2Ru](OTf)2
ACS Catalysis, 2020, 10, 2667-2683.
https://doi.org/10.1021/acscatal.9b05055

51) Maryanne K.Stones, Ryan J.Sullivan, Dmitriy V. Soldatov and Marcel Schlaf
Synthesis and characterization of novel tetradentate ruthenium complexes of a pyridine-o-phenylenediamine based chelate ligand.
Inorganica Chimica Acta, Volume 502, 1 March 2020
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ica.2019.119391

50) Beverly McClenaghan, Marcel Schlaf, Megan Geddes, Joshua Mazza, Grace Pitman, Kaileigh McCallum, Samuel Rawluk, Karen Hand, Gard W. Otis
Behavioral responses of honeybees, Apis cerana and Apis mellifera, to Vespa mandarinia marking and alarm pheromones Journal of Apicultural Research
Journal of Apicultural Research, 2019, 58, 141-148.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ica.2019.119391

49) Marcel Schlaf
Looking for acidity – or – the case of the missing chlorine: an option for a global closed loop alkalinity-acidity cycle for bauxite residue neutralization.
Refereed Conference Paper for the “2nd Bauxite Residue Valorisation and Best Practices”, Athens, Greece, 7-10/05/2018.

and

Searching for acidity – or – the case of the missing chlorine: An option for a global closed loop alkalinity-acidity cycle for bauxite residue neutralization based on HCl from PVC recycling.
Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy, 2019, 5, 1-8.
https://doi.org/10.1007/s40831-018-0193-1

48) Elnaz Latifi, Austin D. Marchese, Margaret C.W. Hulls, Dmitriy V. Soldatov and Marcel Schlaf
[Ru(triphos)(CH3CN)3](OTf)2 as a homogeneous catalyst for the hydrogenation of biomass derived 2,5-hexanedione and 2,5-dimethyl-furan in aqueous acidic medium.
RSC Green Chemistry, 2017, 19, 4666-4679.
https://doi.org/10.1039/C7GC01956D

47) By invitation:
Ryan Sullivan, Jin Kim, Caroline Hoyt, Louis A. (Pete) Silks III and Marcel Schlaf
“Ruthenium-8-Quinolinethiolate-Phenylterpyridine vs Ruthenium-Bipyridine-Phenyl-terpyridine Complexes as Homogeneous Water and High Temperature Stable Hydrogenation Catalysts for Biomass-Derived Substrates”
Polyhedron, 2015, 108, 104-114. Special Issue: “Inorganic Chemistry in Canada”
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.poly.2015.10.049

46) By invitation:
Thomas A. Minard, Christopher T. Oswin, Fraser D.C. Waldie, Jennifer K. Howell, Benjamin M.T. Scott, Domenico Di Mondo, Ryan J. Sullivan, Benjamin Stein, Michael Jennings and Marcel Schlaf
“In situ generation of water-stable and -soluble ruthenium complexes of pyridine-based chelate-ligands and their use for the hydrodeoxygenation of biomass-related substrates in aqueous acidic medium.”
J. Mol. Catal. A: Chem. 2016, 422, 175-187.
Special Issue/Collection in honour of Prof. Ulf Schuchardt’s 70th birthday: “Catalysis for Biorefining.”
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molcata.2015.08.026

45) Marcel Schlaf, Elham Karimi, Véronique Joillet and Christopher F.G. Gissane
“Synergistic Co-Processing of Red Mud with Pyrolysis Bio-Oil: From Neutralization to Catalysis.”
Refereed Conference Paper for “Bauxite Residue Valorisation and Best Practices”, KU Leuven, Belgium, 5-7/10/2015. Proceedings published in book form: ISBN 9789460189784.

44) Ryan Sullivan, Enaz Latifi, Benjamin K.-M. Chung, Dmitriy Soldatov, Marcel Schlaf
“Hydrodeoxygenation of 2,5-hexanedione and 2,5-dimethylfuran by water-, air- and acid-stable homogeneous ruthenium and iridium catalysts.”
ACS Catalysis, 2014, 4116-4128.
https://doi.org/10.1021/cs501202t

43) Eliane Cristina de Resende, Iara do Rosário Guimarães Carvalho, Marcel Schlaf and Mário César Guerreiro,
“Red Mud Water from the Bayer Process as a Catalyst for the Desulfurizaiton of Hydrocarbon Fuels.
RSC Advances , 2014, 4, 47287-47296.
https://doi.org/10.1039/C4RA07635D

42) Véronique Jollet, Christopher Gissane and Marcel Schlaf
“Optimization of the neutralization of Red Mud by pyrolysis bio-oil using a design of experiments approach.”
Energy Environ. Sci., 2014, 7, 1125-1133.
https://doi.org/10.1039/C3EE43585G

41) Domenico DiMondo , Michelle E. Thibault , James Britten , and Marcel Schlaf 
“Comparison of the Catalytic Activity of [(eta5-C5H5)Ru(2,2′-bipyridine)(L)]OTf versus [(eta5-C5H5)Ru(6,6′-diamino-2,2′-bipyridine)(L)]OTf (L = labile ligand) in the Hydrogenation of Cyclohexanone. Evidence for the Presence of a Metal–Ligand Bifunctional Mechanism under Acidic Conditions.”
Organometallics, 201332 (21), pp 6541–6554.
https://doi.org/10.1021/om400871v

40) Andrew D. Sutton, Fraser D. Waldie, Ruilian Wu, Marcel Schlaf, Louis A. “Pete” Silks III, John C. Gordon.
“The Hydrodeoxygenation of Bioderived Furans into Alkanes.”
Nature Chemistry, 2013, 5, 428-432.
https://doi.org/10.1038/nchem.1609

39) Elham Karimi, Ivo Freitas Teixeira, Ariel Gomez, Eliane de Resende, Christopher Gissane, Jay Leitch, Véronique Jollet, Isabella Aigner, Franco Berruti, Cedric Briens, Peter Fransham, Brent Hoff, Nick Schrier, Rochel M. Lago, Stefan W. Kycia, Richard Heck, and Marcel Schlaf.
“Synergistic co-processing of an acidic hardwood derived pyrolysis bio-oil with alkaline Red Mud bauxite mining waste as a sacrificial upgrading catalyst. ”
Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2014, 145, 187.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apcatb.2013.02.007

38) Eliane Cristina De Resende, Christopher Gissane, Rob Nicol, Richard J. Heck, Mário César Guerreiro, Jakelyne Viana Coelho, Luiz Carlos Alves de Oliveira, Pietro Palmisano, Franco Berruti, Cedric Briens, Marcel Schlaf. “Synergistic Co-Processing of Red Mud Waste from the Bayer Process and a Crude Untreated Waste Stream from Bio-Diesel Production.”
RSC Green Chemistry, 2013, 15, 496-510.
https://doi.org/10.1039/C2GC36714A

37) Alberto Acosta-Ramirez, Marcello Bertoli, Dmitry G. Gusev and Marcel Schlaf
“Homogeneous catalytic hydrogenation of long-chain esters by an osmium pincer complex and its potential application in the direct conversion of triglycerides into fatty alcohols.”
RSC Green Chemistry, 201214, 1178.
https://doi.org/10.1039/C2GC15960K

36) By inivitation:
Elham Karimi, Ivo Freitas Teixeira, Leandro Passos Ribeiro, Ariel Gomez, Rochel M. Lago, Glenn Penner, Stefan W. Kycia and Marcel Schlaf* “Ketonization and Deoxygenation of Alkanoic Acids and Conversion of Levulinic Acid to Hydrocarbons using a Red Mud Bauxite Mining Waste as the Catalyst.”
Catalysis Today, 2012190, 73.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cattod.2011.11.028

35) S.E. Gillard Kingma, M.E. Thibault, K.J. Betteridgec, M. Schlaf, C.J. Gartleya, T.S. Chenier
“Permeability of the equine embryonic capsule to ethylene glycol and glycerol in vitro.”
Theriogenology2011, 76, 1540-1551.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.theriogenology.2011.06.026

34) Domenico Di Mondo, Devipriya Ashok, Fraser Waldie, Nick Schrier, Michael Morrison and Marcel Schlaf 
“Stainless steel as a catalyst for the total deoxygenation of glycerol and levulinic acid in aqueous acidic medium.”
ACS Catalysis, 20111, 355-364.
https://doi.org/10.1021/cs200053h

33) Michelle Thibault, Domenico DiMondo, Michael Jennings, Patricia Verardi Abdelnur, Marcos N. Eberlin, Marcel Schlaf 
“Cyclopentadienyl and pentamethylcyclopentadienyl ruthenium complexes as catalysts for the total deoxygenation of 1,2-hexanediol and glycerol.”
RSC Green Chemistry, 201113, 357-366.
https://doi.org/10.1039/C0GC00255K

32) Elham Karimi, Cedric Briens, Franco Berruti, Sina Moloodi, Tommy Tzanetakis, Murray J.  Thomson, Marcel Schlaf*
“Red Mud as a Catalyst for the Upgrading of Hemp Seed Pyrolysis Bio-Oil.” Energy & Fuels, 2010, 24, 6586-6600.
https://doi.org/10.1021/ef101154d

31) Elham Karimi, Ariel Gomez, Stefan W. Kycia and Marcel Schlaf* “Thermal Decomposition of Acetic and Formic Acid Catalyzed by Red Mud – Implications for the Potential Use of Red Mud as a Pyrolysis Bio-Oil Upgrading Catalyst.”
Energy & Fuels, 2010, 24, 2747.
https://doi.org/10.1021/ef1000375

30) Deeb Taher, Michelle E. Thibault,Domenico Di Mondo,[Michael Jennings and Marcel Schlaf*
“Acid-, Water- and High-Temperature Stable Ruthenium Complexes for the Total Catalytic Deoxygenation of Glycerol to Propane.”
Chem. Eur. J. , 200915, 10132-10143.
https://doi.org/10.1002/chem.200901427

29) Marcel Schlaf, Michelle Thibault, Domenic DiMondo, Deeb Taher, Elham Karimi, Devipriya Ashok.
“Group 8 Metal Complexes as Homogeneous Ionic Hydrogenation and  Hydrogenolysis Catalysts for the Deoxygenation of Biomass to Petrochemicals – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies and the Story so far.” International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering, 2009, 7, A34.
https://doi.org/10.2202/1542-6580.1905

28) Marcel Schlaf, Prasenjit Ghosh, Paul J. Fagan, Elisabeth Hauptman,and R. Morris Bullock “Catalytic Deoxygenation of 1,2-Propanediol to Give n-Propanol”
Adv. Synth. & Cat., 2009, 351, 789-800.
https://doi.org/10.1002/adsc.200800685

27) Matthias Bierenstiel, Magdalena Dymarska, Ebbing de Jong and Marcel Schlaf “An Evaluation of the Noyori System “in reverse”: Thermodynamic and Kinetic Parameters of Secondary Alcohol Transfer Dehydrogenation Catalyzed by [(eta6-1-iPr-4-Me-C6H4)Ru(HN-CR`R“-CR`R“NTs)], R` = H, Me, Ph, R“ = H, Me.”
Editor’s Choice Paper in
J. Mol. Cat A. Chem., 2008290, 1-14.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molcata.2008.05.009

26) Jennessa Ji Youn Youm, Marcel Schlaf and Matthias Bierenstiel* “Acceleration of bromide mediated benzoylperoxide oxidations of secondary alcohols in aqueous organic solvents.”
Tetrahedron Letters, 200849, 3199-3203.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tetlet.2008.03.098

25) Martin Bosch, Sean Handerson and Marcel Schlaf*.
“Optimized Synthesis of Vinyl Ether Sugars and Vinyl Glycosides through Transfer Vinylation Catalyzed by (4,7-Ph2-phen)Pd(OOCCF3)2.”
Journal of Carbohydrate Chemistry, 200827, 103-112.
https://doi.org/10.1080/07328300802030852

24) Ryan R. Dykeman, Kylie L. Luska, Michelle E. Thibault, Matthew D. Jones, and Marcel Schlaf*, Monther Khanfar, Nicolas J. Taylor, James F. Britten and Laura Harrington.
“Catalytic deoxygenation of terminal-diols under acidic aqueous conditions by the ruthenium complexes [(eta-6-arene)Ru(X)(N-N)](OTf)n, X = H2O, H, eta-6-arene = p-Me-iPr-C6H4, C6Me6, N-N = bipy, phen, 6,6′-diamino-bipy, 2,9-diamino-phen, n = 1,2). Influence of the ortho-amine substituents on catalytic activity.”
J. Mol. Cat. A Chem., 2007277, 233-251.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molcata.2007.08.008

23) Michelle E. Thibault, Kylie L. Luska, and Marcel Schlaf.
“An improved synthesis of 6,6-diamino-2,2-bipyridine.”
Synthesis, 2007, 791-793.
DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-965905

22) By invitation:
Marcel Schlaf
“Selective Deoxygenation of Sugar Polyols to a,w-Diols and Other Oxygen Content Reduced Materials – A New Challenge to Homogeneous Ionic Hydrogenation and Hydrogenolysis Catalysis.”
Dalton Trans., 2006, 4645 – 4653.
https://doi.org/10.1039/B608007C

21) Mee-Kyung Chung and Marcel Schlaf.
“Regioselectively Trisilylated Hexopyranosides Through Homogeneously Catalyzed Silane Alcoholysis.”
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2005127, 18085-18092.
https://doi.org/10.1021/ja056283i

20) Matthias Bierenstiel, Paul J. D’Hondt, Marcel Schlaf.
“Investigations into the selective oxidation of vicinal diols to alpha-hydroxy ketones with the NaBrO3/NaHSO3 reagent: pH dependence, stoichiometry, substrates and origin of selectivity.”
Tetrahedron, 200561, 4911-4917.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tet.2005.03.056

19) Zhi Xie and Marcel Schlaf.
“Direct transformation of terminal vic-diols to primary alcohols and alkanes through hydrogenation catalyzed by [cis-Ru(6,6’-Cl2-bipy)2(OH2)2](CF3SO3)2 in acidic medium.”
J. Mol. Cat. A Chem., 2005, 229, 151-158.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.molcata.2004.11.018

18) D.Malevich, J.Li, M.K. Chung, C.McLaughlin, M.Schlaf and J.Lipkowski.
In situ-IRRAS studies of the effect of Nafion on CO adsorption and electro-oxidation at Pt nano-particles.”
Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry, 20059, 287-276.
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10008-004-0596-8

17) Mee-Kyung Chung and Marcel Schlaf.
“A Catalytic Synthesis of Thiosilanes and Silthianes: Palladium Nanoparticle Mediated Cross-Coupling of Silanes with Thio Phenyl and Thio Vinyl Ethers through Selective Carbon-Sulfur Bond Activation.”
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2004126, 7386-7392.
https://doi.org/10.1021/ja049386u

16) Matthias Bierenstiel and Marcel Schlaf.
“delta-Galactonolactone: Synthesis, Isolation and Comparative Structure and Stability Analysis of an Elusive Sugar Derivative.”
Eur. J. Org. Chem., 2004, 1474-1481.
https://doi.org/10.1002/ejoc.200300761

15) Martin Bosch and Marcel Schlaf.
“Synthesis of Allyl and Alkyl Vinyl Ethers Using an in situ Prepared Air-Stable Palladium Catalyst. Efficient Transfer Vinylation of 1°, 2°, 3° Alcohols.”
J. Org. Chem., 200368, 5225-5227.
https://doi.org/10.1021/jo034376h

14)  Mee-Kyung Chung, Galina Orlova, John D. Goddard, Marcel Schlaf, Robert Harris, Terrance J. Beveridge, Gisele White and F. Ross Hallett.  “Regioselective Silylation of Sugars through Palladium Nano Particle Catalyzed Silane Alcoholysis.”
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2002124, 10508-10518.
https://doi.org/10.1021/ja026723v

13)  Sean Handerson and Marcel Schlaf
“Palladium(II)-Catalyzed Transfer Vinylation of Protected Monosaccharides.”
Org. Lett., 20024, 407-409.
https://doi.org/10.1021/ol017104e

12)  Mee-Kyung Chung, George Ferguson, Valerie Robertson and Marcel Schlaf
“Nature of the Active Silane Alcoholysis Catalyst in the RuwClx(CO)y(PMe3)z (w, x, y, z, = 1 or 2)
System – Ru2(mu -Cl)2Cl2(CO)4(PMe3)2 as a New Catalyst for Silane Alcoholysis in a Polar Solvent.”
Can. J. Chem., 200179, 949-957.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/v00-193

11)  Marcel Schlaf, Prasenjit Gosh, Paul J. Fagan, Elisabeth Hauptman and R. Morris Bullock.
“Metal-Catalyzed Selective Deoxygenation of Diols to Alcohols.”
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2001, 3887-3890.
https://doi.org/10.1002/1521-3773(20011015)40:20%3C3887::AID-ANIE3887%3E3.0.CO;2-Q

10) Glenn A. Facey, Tina P. Fong, Dmitry Gusev, Peter M. Macdonald, Robert H. Morris, Marcel Schlaf, and Wei Xu.
“Probing the Motion of the eta2-Dideuterium Ligand by Solution and Solid State 2H NMR Spectroscopy.”
Can. J. Chem., 1999, 1899-1910.
https://doi.org/10.1139/v99-184

9) Bartucz, T. Y.; Golombek, A.; Lough, A. J.; Maltby, P. A.; Morris, R. H.; Ramachandran,R.; Schlaf, M.
“Protonation Reaction of trans-M(H)(SPh)(dppe)2, M = Ru, Os To Give Thiol and Dihydrogen Complexes: the X-ray Structure Determination of trans-Ru(H)(SPh)(dppe)2 and trans-[Os(H)(O2)(dppe)2]PF6.”
Inorg. Chem. 1998, 37, 1555-1562.
https://doi.org/10.1021/ic971050g

8) Schlaf, M.; Lough, A. J.; Morris, R. H.
“Synthesis and Structure of the Chiral Dihydrogen Complex trans-[Ru(eta2-H2)H(R,R’-Me-DuPHOS)2]PF6, and the Dinitrogen Complex
trans-[Ru(N2)H(R,R’-Me-DuPHOS)2]PF6, (R,R’-Me-DuPHOS = 1,2-Bis((2R,5R)-2,5-dimethylphospholano) benzene)”
Organometallics, 199716, 1253-1259.
https://doi.org/10.1021/om960410p

7) Schlaf, M.; Lough, A. J.; Morris, R. H.
“Dihydrogen Thiolate v s. Hydride Thiol: Reactivity of the series of complexes MH(CO)(L)(PPh3)2, M =Ru, Os, L = pyridine-2-thiolate, quinoline-8-thiolate with acid.  X-ray Structure Determination of [Os(CO)(eta2– Spy)(pySH)(PPh3)]2{BF4}2
Organometallics, 199615, 4423-4436.
https://doi.org/10.1021/om960411h

6) Schlaf, M.; Maltby, P. A.; Lough, A. J.; Morris, R. H.
“Synthesis, Structure, and Properties of the Stable and Highly Acidic Dihydrogen Complex trans-[Os(η2-H2)(CH3CN)(dppe)2](BF4)2. Perspectives on the Influence of the trans Ligand on the Chemistry of the Dihydrogen Ligand”
Organometallics 199615, 2270-2278.
https://doi.org/10.1021/om960113k

5) Maltby, P. A.; Schlaf, M.; Steinbeck, M.; Lough, A. J.; Morris, R. H.; Klooster, W.; Koetzle, T.F.; Shrivastava, R.C.
“Dihydrogen with Frequency of Motion Near the 1H Larmor Frequency. Solid State Structure and Solution NMR Spectroscopy of Osmium Complexes trans-[Os(H…H)X(PPh2CH2CH2PPh2)]+, X = Cl, Br.”
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1996, 118, 5396-5407.
https://doi.org/10.1021/ja9529044

4) Lough, A.J.; Morris R.H.; Schlaf, M.
“Crystal Structure of trans-dibromo-bis(bis(diphenylphosphino)ethane)-osmium(II), OsBr2(dppe)2.”
Z. Kristall., 1995, 210, 973-974.
https://doi.org/10.1524/zkri.1995.210.12.920

3) Schlaf, M.; Morris, R. H.
“A Dihydrogen Complex, [Os(eta2-H2)(CO)(quS)(PPh3)2]+, in Equilibrium with its Coordinated Thiol Tautomer (quS = quinoline-8-thiolate).”
J. Chem. Soc., Chem. Commun. 1995, 625-626.
https://doi.org/10.1039/C39950000625

2) Morris, R. H.; Schlaf, M. ‘pi-bonding of the Dihydrogen Ligand Probed by Mössbauer Spectroscopy.
Inorg. Chem. 1994, 33, 1725-1726, correction 5366.
https://doi.org/10.1021/ic00086a026

1) Möhring, U.; Schäfer, M.; Kukla, F.; Schlaf, M.; Werner, H.
“Kinetic and Mechanistic Investigation of the Sequential Hydrogenation of Phenylacetylene Catalyzed by Rhodium(I) Phosphine Complexes of the Type [Rh(eta2-O2Z)(PR3)2].”
J. Mol. Cat. A Chem., 199599, 55-63.
https://doi.org/10.1016/1381-1169(95)00028-3


Talks

Invited Lectures

September 2019
CatBior 2019, Turku, Finland
“Are sugar alcohols or furanics the better starting point for hydrodeoxygenation to high-value chemicals ?”

October 2018
68th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Toronto, Canada
“Furanics or Sugar Alcohols ? Opportunities and challenges in the hetero- vs homogeneously catalyzed hydrodeoxygenation of sugar derivatives.”

and

“Looking for acidity – or – the case of the missing chlorine: an option for a global closed loop alkalinity-acidity cycle for bauxite residue neutralization.”

May 2018
2nd Bauxite Residue Valorisation and Best Practices, Athens, Greece
“Looking for acidity – or – the case of the missing chlorine: an option for a global closed loop alkalinity-acidity cycle for bauxite residue neutralization.”

March 2018
Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM, USA
“Homogeneous catalyst systems for the hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) of sugar-derived substrates. Insights into the principles, opportunities and challenges of catalyst design.”

December 2017
Bayerische Julius-Maximilian-Universität Würzburg, Germany
“Homogeneous catalyst systems for the hydrodeoxygenation of sugar-derived substrates. Insights into the principles, opportunities and challenges of catalyst design.”

December 2017
CatBior 2017, Lyon, France
“[Ru(triphos)(CH3CN)3](OTf)2 as a homogeneous catalyst for the hydrogenation of biomass derived 2,5-hexanedione and 2,5-dimethylfuran in aqueous acidic medium.”

July 2017
Organometallic Gordon Conference
Newport, Ri, USA
“Hydrodeoxygenation of Biomass Derived Sugars and Sugar Condensates into Value Added Chemicals and Fuels. (Insights into the principles, opportunities and challenges of homogeneous catalyst design.)”

May 2017
CSC 2017, Toronto, ON
“Homogeneous catalyst systems for the hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) of sugar-derived substrates. Insights into the principles, opportunities and challenges of catalyst design.”

March 2017
University of Waterloo
“Acid-, Water- And High-temperature-stable Homogeneous Catalysts For The Hydrodeoxygenation Of Biomass Derived Sugar Condensates To Value-added Diols,
Ethers And Alkanes.”

June 2016
CSC 2016, Halifax, N.S.
“Acid-, Water- And High-temperature-stable Homogeneous Catalysts For The Hydrodeoxygenation Of Biomass Derived Sugar Condensates To Value-added Diols, Ethers And Alkanes.”

December 2015
Pacifichem 2015, Honolulu, Hawai’i
“Synergistic Co-Processing of Red Mud with Pyrolysis Bio-Oil: From Neutralization to Catalysis”
and
“Acid-, water- and high temperature-stable homogeneous catalysts for the hydrodeoxygenation of biomass derived sugars and sugar condensates to value-added alcohols, alkenes and alkanes.”

October 2015
Bauxite Residue Valorisation and Best Practices, KU Leuven, Belgium
“Synergistic Co-Processing of Red Mud with Pyrolysis Bio-Oil: From Neutralization to Catalysis.”

September 2015
CatBior 2015, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
“Acid-, Water- And High-temperature-stable Homogeneous Catalysts For The Hydrodeoxygenation Of Biomass Derived Sugar Condensates To Value-added Diols, Ethers And Alkanes.”

May 2015
City University of Hong Kong
and
Chinese University of Hong Kong
“How to design, make and test acid-, water- and high temperature-stable homogeneous catalysts for the hydrodeoxygenation of biomass derived sugars and sugar condensates to value-added alcohols, ethers, alkenes and alkanes.”

April 2015
Dalian University of Technology
“How to design, make and test acid-, water- and high temperature-stable homogeneous catalysts for the hydrodeoxygenation of biomass derived sugars and sugar condensates to value-added alcohols, ethers, alkenes and alkanes.”

January 2015
Western University, London, ON
“How to design, make and test acid-, water- and high temperature-stable homogeneous catalysts for the hydrodeoxygenation of biomass derived sugars and sugar condensates to value-added alcohols, alkenes and alkanes.”

July 2014
19th International Symposium on Homogeneous Catalysis (ISHC-XIX), Ottawa, ON“Acid-, Water- and High Temperature-Stable Homogeneous Catalysts for the Hydrodeoxygenation of Biomass Derived Substrates to Diols, Alkenes and Alkanes.

November 2013
Ryerson University
“Red Mud as a Catalyst for the Upgrading of Pyrolysis Bio-Oil”

October 2013
Mount Allison University
“Red Mud as a Catalyst for the Upgrading of Pyrolysis Bio-Oil”

September 2013
Peking University “Red Mud as a Catalyst for the Upgrading of Pyrolysis Bio-Oil”

Tianjin University
6 lectures on biomass conversion

CATBIOR Congress, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics
“Red Mud as a Catalyst for the Upgrading of Pyrolysis Bio-Oil”
“Water-, acid- and high-temperature stable ruthenium pyridine-chelate aquo complexes as catalysts for the deoxygenation of sugar-derived substrates.”

May 2013
CSC Meeting Quebec City
“Water-, acid- and high-temperature stable ruthenium pyridine-chelate aquo complexes as catalysts for the deoxygenation ?of sugar-derived substrates. “

December 2012
Federal University of Mina Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
“Red Mud as a Catalyst for the Upgrading of Pyrolysis Bio-Oil”
“Water-, acid- and high-temperature stable ruthenium pyridine-chelate aquo complexes as catalysts for the deoxygenation of sugar-derived substrates.”

Federal University of Minas Gerais, Lavras, Brazil
“Red Mud as a Catalyst for the Upgrading of Pyrolysis Bio-Oil”

October 2012
University of Patras, Greece
“Red Mud as a Catalyst for the Upgrading of Pyrolysis Bio-Oil”

March 2012
University of Alberta – Advances in Sustainable Chemistry Symposium “Red Mud as a Catalyst for the Upgrading of Pyrolysis Bio-Oil”

January 2012
University of Western Ontario
“Red Mud as a Catalyst for the Upgrading of Pyrolysis Bio-Oil”

August 2011
ACS Meeting, Denver, CO
“Upgrading of Pyrolysis Bio-Oil with Red Mud Catalysts” “Water-, acid- and high-temperature stable ruthenium chelate complexes as catalysts for the deoxygenation of sugar-derived substrates”

June 2011
Rutgers University
“Upgrading of Pyrolysis Bio-Oil with Red Mud Catalysts”

December 2010
Pacifichem 2010, Honolulu, Hawaii
“Red mud as a catalyst for the upgrading of pyrolysis bio-oil.”

October 2010
Université de Montreal, Montreal, QC
“Transition-Metal Catalyzed Deoxygenation of Biomass to Petrochemicals and Fuels – Strategies, Challenges and Some Successes”

McGill University, Montreal, QC
“Transition-Metal Catalyzed Deoxygenation of Biomass to Petrochemicals and Fuels – Strategies, Challenges and Some Successes”

July 2010
University of Washington, Seattle, WA, CENTC Summer School
“Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Transition Metal Catalysis for the Selective Deoxygenation of Sugar Alcohols to Petrochemicals” and “Red Mud as a Catalyst for the Upgrading of Pyrolysis Bio-Oil”

April 2010
(GWC)2 Seminar
Transition-Metal Catalyzed Deoxygenation of Biomass to Petrochemicals and Fuels – Strategies, Challenges and Some Successes

October 2009
Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM, USA
Total Deoxygenation of Glycerol, Erythritol and Levulinic Acid in Aqueous Acidic Medium by Homogeneous Ruthenium Catalysts. Reaction Pathways, Lessons on Catalyst Design, Stability and Activity and Some Heterogeneous Surprises …

April/May 2009
Visiting Faculty Peking University, Beijing, China
Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China
Dalian Institute for Chemical Physics, Dalian, China
Series of 8 lectures on catalysis and biomass conversion.

October 2008
CRC International Symposium on Bio-interface and Biomass Conversion
Catalysis Research Center (CRC), Hokkaido University, Japan
“Group 8 Metal Complexes as Homogeneous Ionic Hydrogenation and Hydrogenolysis Catalysts for the Deoxygenation of Biomass to Petrochemicals – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies and the Story so far.”

Aug. 2008
ACS Meeting Philadelphia (by Invitation ConocoPhillips)
“Group 8 Metal Complexes as Homogeneous Ionic Hydrogenation and Hydrogenolysis Catalysts for the Deoxygenation of Biomass to Petrochemicals – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies and the Story so far.”

July 2008
University of Western Ontario London, ON
“Group 8 Metal Complexes as Homogeneous Ionic Hydrogenation and Hydrogenolysis Catalysts for the Deoxygenation of Biomass to Petrochemicals – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies and the Story so far.”

November 2007
Bioeconomy Outlook Conference
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa
“New homogeneous catalysts for selective deoxygenations of sugar polyols to polymer precursors and fine chemicals – motivation, strategies, challenges and catalyst design.”

September 2007
14th Brazilian Catalysis Conference
Porto de Galinhas, Pernambuco
“New homogeneous catalysts for selective deoxygenations of sugar polyols to polymer precursors and fine chemicals – motivation, strategies, challenges and catalyst design.”

March 2007
ACS Meeting Chicago
“New homogeneous catalysts for selective deoxygenations of sugar polyols to polymer precursors and fine chemicals – motivation, strategies, challenges and catalyst design.”

June 2006
Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM
“Selective Deoxygenation of Sugar Polyols to Polymer Precursors – Motivation, Opportunities, Challenges.”

April 2006
New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
“Selective Deoxygenation of Sugar Polyols to Polymer Precursors – A New Challenge to Homogeneous Hydrogenation and Hydrogenolysis Catalysis.”

Dec. 2005
Pacifichem 2005, Honolulu, HA
“New metal-ligand bifunctional catalysts for the ionic hydrogenation and hydrogenolysis of polyols to alpha-omega-diols – Some ideas for new approaches to biomass conversion through the controlled oxygen content reduction of sugars.”

July 2005
Organometallic Gordon Conference, Newport, RI and
Brookhaven National Laboratory, LI, NY
“Ionic Hydrogenation and Hydrogenolysis Reactions of Polyols – SomeCrazy Ideas for New Approaches to Biomass Conversion”

May 2005
Universitaet Stuttgart, Germany and
Universitaet Wuerzburg, Germany and
Ludwig-Maximilian-Universtitaet, Muenchen, Germany
“Transition Metal Catalyzed Transformations of Sugar Hydroxyl Functions”

July 2004
University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
“Transition Metal Catalyzed Transformations of Sugar Hydroxyl Functions”

January 2001
York University, Toronto, Canada
“Catalytic Ionic Hydrogenation Technology for Biomass Conversion Challenges – Chemistry – Opportunities”

November 2000
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba and
University of Winnipeg
“Transition Metal Catalyzed Transformations of Simple Monosaccharides – New Synthetic Methodology for Carbohydrate Chemistry”

August 2000
BAYER Rubber, Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
“Catalytic Ionic Hydrogenation Technology – Challenges – Chemistry – Opportunities”

June 2000
Tripos Receptor Research, Bude, Cornwall, UK
“Transition Metal Catalyzed Transformations of Simple Monosaccharides – New Synthetic Methodology for Carbohydrate Chemistry”

Contributed Presentations

2017 CSC Meeting, Toronto, ON
“Acid-, Water- And High-temperature-stable Homogeneous Catalysts For The Hydrodeoxygenation Of Biomass Derived Sugar Condensates To Value-added Diols,
Ethers And Alkanes.”

2009 CSC Meeting, Hamilton, ON
“Total Catalytic Deoxygenation of Glycerol by the Acid-, Water- and Thermally Stable Ruthenium Complexes [Ru(R-terpy)(H2O)3](OTf)2, R = H, 4’-Ph.”

2008 CSC Meeting, Edmonton, AB
Organometallic Group 8 Metal Complexes as Homogeneous Ionic Hydrogenation and Hydrogenolysis Catalysts for the Deoxygenation of Biomass to Petrochemicals – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies and the Story so far…

2004 18th Canadian Symposium on Catalysis, Montreal, QC
“Approaches to the Catalytic Ionic Hydrogenation and Hydrogenolysis of Carbohydrate Polyols to alpha,omega-Diols.”

CSC 2002 Meeting in Vancouver, BC
“Regioselective Silylation of Sugars through Palladium Nano Particle Catalyzed Silane Alcoholysis.”

2002 Gordon Research Conference on Organometallics, Newport, RI
“Palladium Catalyzed Transfer Vinylations – Principle, Mechanism and Application to Synthetic Carbohydrate Chemistry”

CSC 2001 Meeting, Montreal, QC
“Palladium Catalyzed Transfer Vinylations of Simple Monosaccharides” CSC 2000 Meeting, Calgary, AB “Ruthenium, palladium, rhodium, and iridium catalyzed silane alcoholysis in a highly polar solvent – detailed reinvestigation of the RuwClx(CO)y(PMe3)z catalyst system.”

… plus numerous poster presentations by students and post-docs at various conferences and meetings …


Patents

1) “Dehydroxylation of Diols and Polyols”. WO 0198238, 2001 Inventors: Marcel Schlaf, R. Morris Bullock, Paul J. Fagan, E. Hauptman Patent Assignee: Brookhaven National Laboratory, The DuPont Company

2) “Catalytic Reduction of Ketones and Aldehydes Using Organometallic Ruthenium Complexes.” WO 0198241, 2001

Inventors: Marcel Schlaf, R. Morris Bullock, Paul J. Fagan, E. Hauptman.
Patent Assignee: Brookhaven National Laboratory, The DuPont Company

3) Gordon, J. C.; Silks, L. A.; Sutton, A. D.; Wu, R.; Schlaf, M.; Waldie, F.; West, R.; Collias, D. I.; Los Alamos National Security, LLC, USA; The Procter & Gamble Company . 2013, WO2013040311A1.