» Dr. Jerry LaRue
Assistant Professor

Schmid College of Science and Technology; Chemistry
Dr. Jerry LaRue
Office Location:
Hashinger Science Center 036
Phone:
(714) 744-7660
Email:
Website:
http://sites.chapman.edu/catlab
Education
Willamette University, Bachelor of Arts
University of California, Santa Barbara, Ph.D.
Biography

Education

2011-2015
Postdoctoral Scholar, SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis, Stanford University / SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory; Advisor: Professor Anders Nilsson

2005-2011
Ph.D. in Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of California at Santa Barbara; Advisor: Professor Alec Wodtke

2000-2004
B.A. in Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Willamette University

Research Interests

Catalysts are the unsung heroes of chemistry: Widely used in industry, they speed up chemical reactions by making the reactions much more efficient. Many important reactions related to global issues, such as climate change and carbon-neutral fuel production, take place on the surfaces of metal catalysts. Today we know very little about how these reactions proceed. Dr. LaRue’s research interests are aimed at understanding the most fundamental aspects of the processes that occur during chemical reactions on these catalytic surfaces. His current projects involve using ultrafast optical techniques, x-ray spectroscopy, and Raman spectroscopy to probe the elementary steps of chemical reactions with the goal of learning how to create more efficient catalysts for the challenges of tomorrow.

Keywords

Heterogeneous catalysis, surface science, lasers, x-rays, physical chemistry, spectroscopy, nanomaterials, metals

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
A. Nilsson, J. LaRue, H. Öberg, H. Ogasawara, M. Dell'Angela, M. Beye, H. Öström, J. Gladh, J.K. Nørskov, g, W. Wurth, h, F. Abild-Pedersen, L.G.M. Pettersson, Catalysis in Real Time using X-ray Lasers, Chemical Physics Letters 2017, 675, 145-173; DOI: 10.1016/j.cplett.2017.02.018
J. LaRue, O. Krejcí, L. Yu, M. Beye, M. L. Ng, H. Öberg, H. Xin, G. Mercurio, S. Moeller, J. J. Turner, D. Nordlund, R. Coffee, M. P. Minitti, W. Wurth, L. G. M. Pettersson, H. Öström, A. Nilsson, F. Abild-Pedersen, H. Ogasawara, Dynamics of Competing Pathways during Catalytic CO Hydrogenation on Ru, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 2017, 8, 3820-3825; DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b01549
M. Beye, H. Öberg, H. Xin , G. L. Dakovski, M. Dell’Angela, A. Föhlisch, J. Gladh, M. Hantschmann, F. Hieke, S. Kaya, D. Kühn, J. LaRue, G. Mercurio, M. P. Minitti, A. Mitra, S. P. Möller, M. L. Ng, A. Nilsson, D. Nordlund, J. Nørskov, H. Öström, H. Ogasawara, M. Persson, W. F. Schlotter, J. A. Sellberg, M. Wolf, F. Abild-Pedersen, L. G. M. Pettersson, W. Wurth, Chemical Bond Activation Observed with an X-ray Laser, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 2016, 7 (18), 3647–3651; DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.6b01543
J. LaRue, T. Katayama, A. Lindenberg, A. Fisher, H. Östrom, A. Nilsson, H. Ogasawara, THz-induced catalytic reaction of CO oxidation, Physical Review Letters 2015, 115(3), 036103; DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.036103
H. Xin, J. LaRue, H. Öberg, H. Öström, M. Beye, M. Dell'Angela, R. Coffee, J. Gladh, M. L. Ng, J. A. Sellberg, S. Kaya, F. Sorgenfrei, G. Mercuri, D. Nordlund, W. F. Schlotter, J. Turner, A. Föhlisch, M. Wolf, W. Wurth, H. Ogasawara, J. K. Nørskov, L. G. M Pettersson, A. Nilsson, F. Abild-Pedersen, Strong Influence of the Coadsorbate Interaction on CO Desorption Dynamics, Physical Review Letters 2015, 114(15), 156101; DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.156101
H. Öberg, J. Gladh, M. Dell'Angela, T. Anniyev, M. Beye, R. Coffee, A. Föhlisch, T. Katayama, S. Kaya, J. LaRue, A. Møgelhøj, D. Nordlund, H. Ogasawara, W. F. Schlotter, J. A. Sellberg, F. Sorgenfrei, J. J. Turner, M. Wolf, W. Wurth, H. Öström, A. Nilsson, J. K. Nørskov, L. G. M. Pettersson, Optical Laser-Induced CO Desorption from Ru(0001) Monitored with a Free-Electron X-ray Laser: DFT Prediction and X-ray Confirmation of a Precursor State, Surface Science 2015, 640, 80-88; DOI: 10.1016/j.susc.2015.03.011
H. Öström, H. Öberg, H. Xin, J. LaRue, M. Beye, M. Dell'Angela, J. Gladh, M. L. Ng, J. A. Sellberg, S. Kaya, F. Sorgenfrei, G. Mercurio, D. Nordlund, W. F. Schlotter, A. Föhlisch, M. Wolf, W. Wurth, M. Persson, J. K. Nørskov, F. Abild-Pedersen, H. Ogasawara, L. G. M Pettersson, A. Nilsson, Probing the Transition State Region in Catalytic CO Oxidation on Ru, Science 2015, 347, 978-982; DOI: 10.1126/science.1261747
M. Dell'Angela, T. Anniyev, M. Beye, R. Coffee, A. Föhlisch, J. Gladh, T. Katayama, S. Kaya, O. Krupin, A. Møgelhøj, D. Nordlund, J. K. Nørskov, H. Öberg, H. Ogasawara, H. Öström, L. G. M. Pettersson, W. F. Schlotter, J. A. Sellberg, F. Sorgenfrei, J. LaRue, J. Turner, M. Wolf, W. Wurth, A. Nilsson, Real-Time Observation of Surface Bond Breaking with an X-ray Laser, Science 2013, 339, 1302; DOI: 10.1126/science.1231711