Jonah W. Jurss

Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Jonah W. Jurss

Jonah W. Jurss, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

130 Coulter Hall

B. S. Chemistry with Honors
North Carolina State University, 2005
Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011
Advisors: Profs. Thomas J. Meyer and Joseph L. Templeton
Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of California, Berkeley, 2011—2014
Advisor: Prof. Christopher J. Chang
Assistant Professor
University of Mississippi, 2014—present

Solar energy conversion, artificial photosynthesis (H2O oxidation, CO2 reduction), surface attachment, catalysis, mechanistic studies.


The Jurss Laboratory is an interdisciplinary research team that focuses on developing and understanding new earth-abundant catalysts for energy conversion chemistry and the selective functionalization of hydrocarbons. To address global energy concerns, we aim to store solar energy in the chemical bonds of energy-rich fossil fuel surrogates, such as H2 and CH4, by coupling water oxidation to reductive half reactions (i.e. CO2 reduction). For hydrocarbon conversion, related catalysts are being developed to introduce functionality into organic molecules with unactivated C-H bonds to streamline organic synthesis.

Special attention will be given to translating the reactivity of molecular inorganic systems to electrode surfaces for electrochemical and light-driven catalysis. Mechanistic studies involving proton-coupled electron transfer and electronic structure will be pursued as they relate to these goals.

17) Jurss, J. W.; Khnayzer, R. S.; Panetier, J. A.; El Roz, K. A.; Head-Gordon, M.; Long, J. R.; Castellano, F. N.; Chang, C. J. Bioinspired Design of Redox-Active Ligands for Multielectron Catalysis: Effects of Positioning Pyrazine Reservoirs on Cobalt for Electro- and Photocatalytic Generation of Hydrogen from WaterChem. Sci. 2015, 6, 4954—4972.

16) Khnayzer,R. S.; Thoi,V. S.; Nippe,M.; King,A. E.; Jurss, J. W.; El Roz,K. A.; Long,J. R.; Chang, C. J.; Castellano, F. N. Towards a Comprehensive Understanding of Visible-Light Photogeneration of Hydrogen from Water Using Cobalt(II) Polypyridyl Catalysts. Energy Environ. Sci. 2014, 7(4), 1477–1488.

15) Moonshiram, D.; Jurss, J. W.; Concepcion, J. J.; Zakharova, T.; Alperovich, I.; Meyer, T. J.; Pushkar, Y. Structure and Electronic Configurations of the Intermediates of Water Oxidation in Blue Ruthenium Dimer Catalysis. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134(10), 46254636.

13) Jurss, J. W.; Concepcion, J. J.; Butler, J. M.; Omberg, K. M.; Baraldo, L. M.; Thompson, D. G.; Lebeau, E. L.; Hornstein, B.; Schoonover, J. R.; Jude, H.; Thompson, J. D.; Dattelbaum, D. M.; Rocha, R. C.; Templeton, J. L.; Meyer, T. J. Electronic Structure of the Water Oxidation Catalyst, cis,cis-[(bpy)2(H2O)RuIIIO-RuIII(OH2)(bpy)2](ClO4)4. The Blue Dimer. Inorg. Chem. 2012, 51(3), 1345–1358.

8) Jurss, J. W.; Concepcion, J. J.; Norris, M. R.; Templeton, J. L.; Meyer, T. J. Surface Catalysis of Water Oxidation by the Blue Ruthenium Dimer. Inorg. Chem. 2010, 49(9), 3980–3982.

5) Concepcion, J. J.; Jurss, J. W.; Hoertz, P. G.; Meyer, T. J. Catalytic and Surface–Electrocatalytic Water Oxidation by Redox Mediator–Catalyst AssembliesAngew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2009, 48(50), 9473–9476.

3) Concepcion, J. J.; Jurss, J. W.; Templeton, J. L.; Meyer, T. J. One Site is Enough. Catalytic Water Oxidation by [Ru(tpy)(bpm)(OH2)]2+ and [Ru(tpy)(bpz)(OH2)]2+. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130(49), 16462–16463.