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Adam S. Hock

Adam S. Hock, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Adam Hock
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Assistant Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory






166C Life Sciences Building


B.S. University of Delaware
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research & Accomplishments 

Our research interests include solar energy conversion, catalysis, electronic materials, and chemical structure and bonding. Within this context we focus on developing rational synthetic methods to prepare earth-abundant and inexpensive materials for photon capture, innovative homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts, and unique reactivity models. We conduct highly collaborative research through our affiliation with Argonne National Laboratory.

Students in the Hock group will learn to synthesize and characterize novel substances throughout the course of their research. We routinely use techniques such as multi-nuclear NMR, UV-Vis spectroscopy, FTIR spectroscopy, and x-ray crystallography to characterize molecular substances. The composition and properties of new materials are routinely determined by Rutherford Backscattering Spectroscopy (RBS), Scanning and Tunneling Electron Microscopy (SEM & TEM), and diffraction methods as well as optical, electrical, and other measurements where appropriate.


Inorganic and organometallic synthesis


Materials and Vapor Deposition


  • 2009 Harvard University Competitive Postdoctoral Travel Award
  • 2009 Camille and Henry Dreyfus Environmental Chemistry Fellow, Harvard University


  • Hock, A. S. and Godon, R. G. “Cyclic Amides and Vapor Deposition Using Them” (application #61/320069)
  • "Olefin metathesis catalysts and related methods" (application # 11/603951)


Synthesis and Catalytic Hydrogenation Reactivity of a Chromium Catecholate Porous Organic Polymer. Camacho-Bunquin, Jeffrey; Siladke, Nathan A.; Guanghui Zhang; Niklas, Jens; Poluektov, Oleg G.; Nguyen, SonBinh T.; Miller, Jeffrey T.; Hock, Adam S. Organometallics. 2015, Vol. 34 Issue 5, p947-952.

Selective propane dehydrogenation with single-site CoII on SiO2 by a non-redox mechanism. Hu, Bo; “Bean” Getsoian, Andrew; Schweitzer, Neil M.; Das, Ujjal; Kim, HackSung; Niklas, Jens; Poluektov, Oleg; Curtiss, Larry A.; Stair, Peter C.; Miller, Jeffrey T.; Hock, Adam S. Journal of Catalysis. 2015, Vol. 322, p24-37.

Schweitzer, N. M.; Hu, B.; Das, U.; Kim, H.; Greeley, J.; Curtiss, L. A.; Stair, P. C.; Miller, J. T.; Hock, A. S. Propylene Hydrogenation and Propane Dehydrogenation by a Single-Site Zn2+ on Silica Catalyst. ACS Catalysis 20144, pp 1091–1098

Riha, S. C.; Racowski, J. M.; Lanci, M. P.; Klug, J. A.; Hock, A. S.*; Martinson, A. B. F.* Phase discrimination through oxidant selection in low-temperature atomic layer deposition of crystalline iron oxides. Langmuir. 2013, 29, 3439.

Kraft, S. J.; Sánchez, R. H.; Hock, A. S.* A Remarkably Active Iron Catecholate Catalyst Immobilized in a Porous Organic Polymer. ACS Catalysis. 2013, 3, 826.

Kraft, S. J.; Hu, B.; Zhang, G.; Miller, J. T.; Hock, A. S.* In Situ X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy and Nonclassical Catalytic Hydrogenation with an Iron(II) Catecholate Immobilized on a Porous Organic Polymer. European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry. Special Issue on Small Molecule Activation 20132013, 3972.

Sinsermsuksakul, P.; Heo, J.; Noh, W.; Hock, A. S.; Gordon, R. G. Atomic Layer Deposition of Tin Monosulfide Thin Films. Advanced Energy Materials. 2011, 1, 1116.

Heo, J., Hock, A. S., and Gordon, R. G.  "Low Temperature Atomic Layer Deposition of Tin Oxide", Chemistry of Materials, 2010, DOI: 10.1021/cm1011108.

Marinescu, S. M., Singh, R., Hock, A. S., Wampler, K. M., Schrock, R. R., and Müller, P.  “Syntheses and Structures of Molybdenum Imido Alkylidene Pyrrolide and Indolide Complexes”  Organometallics, 200827, 6570.

Hock, A. S. and Schrock, R. R.   “Oxidative reactions of the MoIV dialkyl complex [{(3-CF3C6H4NCH2CH2)2NMe}Mo(CH2SiMe3)2]”  Chemistry - An Asian Journal, 20072(7),  867.

Blanc, F., Thivolle-Cazat, J., Basset, J. M., Coperet, C., Hock, A. S., Tonzetich, Z. J., Schrock, R. R.   “Highly Active, Stable, and Selective Well-Defined Silica Supported Mo Imido Olefin Metathesis Catalysts”    J. Am. Chem. Soc.  2007,  129(5),  1044.

Hock, A. S.; Schrock, R. R.; Hoveyda, A. H.  “Dipyrrolyl Precursors to Bisalkoxide Molybdenum Olefin Metathesis Catalysts”  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006128, 16373.


Professional Societies 

American Chemical Society
Materials Research Society