Adam S. Hock

  • Associate Professor of Chemistry
  • Graduate Admissions Coordinator
  • Chemist, Catalysis Group, Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory


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

Research Interests

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.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Chemical Society

Materials Research Society


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


  • Monomolecular Siloxane Film as a Model of Single Site Catalysts. Michael W. Martynowycz, Bo Hu, Ivan Kuzmenko, Wei Bu, Adam Hock, and David Gidalevitz. J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138 (38), pp 12432–12439.
  • Synthetic and Spectroscopic Study of the Mechanism of Atomic Layer Deposition of Tin Dioxide. Weimer, Matthew S.; Hu, Bo; Kraft, Steven J.; Gordon, R.G.; Segre, C.U.; Hock, A.S. Organometallics, 2016, Volume: 35, Issue: 9, 1202-1208.
  • VxIn(2-x)S3 Intermediate Band Absorbers Deposited by Atomic Layer Deposition. McCarthy, Robert F.; Weimer, Matthew S.; Haasch, Richard T.; Schaller, R.D.; Hock, A.S. Chemistry of Materials, 2016, Volume: 28 Issue: 7, 2033-2040.
  • Organometallic model complexes elucidate the active gallium species in alkane dehydrogenation catalysts based on ligand effects in Ga K-edge XANES. Andrew “Bean” Getsoian, Ujjal Das, Jeffrey Camacho-Bunquin, Guanghui Zhang, James R. Gallagher, Bo Hu, Singfoong Cheah, Joshua A. Schaidle, Daniel A. Ruddy, Jesse E. Hensley, Theodore R. Krause, Larry A. Curtiss, Jeffrey T. Miller and Adam S. Hock. Catalysis Science & Technology, 2016, Volume: 6 Issue: 16, 6339-6353.
  • 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 Catalysis2014, 4, 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 2013, 2013, 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,2008, 27, 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,2007, 2(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. 2006, 128, 16373.



  • 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)


Inorganic and organometallic synthesis


Materials and Vapor Deposition

Adam Hock

Contact Information

312.567.3388 312.567.3289 166C Robert A. Pritzker Science Center