Heterobimetallic Catalysis: Transition metal catalysts can speed and control reactions, but often rely on expensive metals like platinum or rutheniuim to do so. Heterobimetallic complexes use multiple metal atoms in combination to pursue similar transformations with lighter, more common metals.
Solar Energy Conversion: My research also focuses on the challenges of developing metal systems that harness sunlight, converting it to electricity or chemical fuels. Metal complexes are excellent absorbers of light; when this occurs, the density of electrons in the molecule is shifted. This unstable state is called a charge transfer state; understanding how metal complexes behave while in a CT state can lead to improved molecules that produce more useful energy.
- Synthesis of mutli-metal complexes and materials related to solar energy fixation using air-free techniques.
- Resonance Raman spectroscopy of multi-metal complexes to identify the motions associated with charge transfer states.
- Theoretical simulations of multi-metal systems using density functional theory.
Ph.D. in Chemistry
B.S. in Chemistry
Regularly Taught Courses:
- CHEM103: General Chemistry
- CHEM104: General Chemistry
- CHEM352: Inorganic Chemistry Lab
- CHEM403: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry