University of California, Riverside

Department of Chemistry




Matthew Conley
Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Director, ACIF


2011-15 Postdoctoral Fellow, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)
2008-11 Postdoctoral Fellow, Institut Català d'Investigació Química (ICIQ)
2008 University of Chicago, Ph.D. Chemistry
2004 University of Illinois at Chicago, B. S., Chemistry

Office: 224 Pierce Annex
Phone O/L: (951) 827-3764/2029
Research Area: Inorganic Chemistry
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General Information

The goal of our research is to develop a molecular understanding of the active sites of heterogeneous catalysts. In order to study these catalysts at this level of detail we apply an interdisciplinary strategy that combines material synthesis, surface science, and synthetic inorganic chemistry. Our approach involves the preparation of high surface area materials containing characteristic surface sites that react with inorganic complexes to form metal sites with well-defined coordination spheres. This allows us to optimize the activity of heterogeneous catalysts based on the molecular structure of the active site, which we determine by spectroscopic techniques, and to study the key mechanistic steps in the catalytic cycle. We design the active sites in these catalysts to tackle challenging catalytic problems, such as the activation of C-H bonds to promote reactions relevant to commodity chemical production and the activation of small molecules for alternative energy applications.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Department of Chemistry
Chemical Sciences
501 Big Springs Road

Tel: (951) 827-3789 (Chair's Assistant)
Fax: (951) 827-2435 (confidential)