Our group leverages our expertise in the synthesis and characterization of inorganic complexes and materials towards solving problems in energy, catalysis, and biology.

Some of our current research directions include:

  • Understanding and controlling organometallic reactivity (C-C bond formation, hydrogenation, isomerization, etc) on templated iron clusters–ultimately transforming CO and CO2 into useful chemicals and fuels.
  • New ways to design and control templated metal sulfur clusters
  • Earth-abundant transition metal pincer complexes that exploit bioinspired modalities of metal-ligand cooperativity (e.g., hydride transfer) towards challenging catalytic reactivity
  • Synthesis and fundamental studies of new manganese chelate complexes relevant to manganese trafficking and homeostasis
  • New synthetic approaches to earth-abundant, non-toxic inorganic semiconductor materials with applications in solar energy conversion
  • Deriving useful reactivity from the interface between well-defined metal centers and complexes and semiconductor nanomaterials