Sean McGrady

Dr. Gerad S. McGrady

Professor, Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering

Center of Excellence Bldg - Room 2210
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We have active projects in a range of areas of contemporary interest in inorganic and materials chemistry. We are interested in the structure-bonding-reactivity relationship for small molecules of the main group and transition elements. Examples include boron hydrides and their derivatives, and transition metal hydrides and dihydrogen complexes with catalytic activity in key industrial processes like olefin reduction and polymerization. We use a wide range of spectroscopic and structural methods to study these molecules and their chemistry. On the materials front, our main focus is the storage of hydrogen, for use as a fuel in clean energy applications. We have focused on hydrogen storage materials based on boron and aluminum, and we have developed innovative approaches to recharging these materials under mild, sustainable conditions using unconventional techniques and reaction media. Our research is highly collaborative, and involves interactions with several National Laboratories and other university groups in North America.

Selected Publications

Homopolar dihydrogen bonding in main group hydrides: discovery, consequences and applications. Dalton Trans. 2015, 44, 9718-9731.

Desorption of hydrogen from light metal hydrides: concerted electronic rearrangement and role of H···H interactions. Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 3820-3823.

In situ high pressure NMR study of the direct synthesis of LiAlH4. J. Mater. Chem. A 2013, 1, 2974-2977.

Hydrogen release from ammonia borane: unexpected role of B-H···H-B hydride-hydride interactions. Chem. Commun. 2012, 48, 2597-2599.

Ti-doped LiAlH4 for hydrogen storage: synthesis, catalyst loading and cycling performance. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 15593-15597.

Last Updated: 10/14/15