Date of Award


First Advisor

Michael Bergman

Second Advisor

David Myers


In order to cope with the issue of pollution, it’s important that we decrease carbon dioxide emission. One possible path is by converting carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide, which then can be used to produce valuable chemicals, synthetic fuels and different types of hydrocarbons. In order to carry out the conversion, precious metals are commonly used as catalysts. Despite precious metals’ efficiency at catalyzing the conversion process, they are costly which indicates that they would not be economically feasible in a long run. To be more cost efficient, a more economically sustainable way-­‐bimetallic transition metal carbides (TMCs) are being more extensively investigated.