Our research efforts lie at the interface of synthetic and physical inorganic chemistry with particular emphasis placed on molecular chemistry of consequence to renewable energy. Using the guiding principles of multielectron redox catalysisand proton-coupled electron transfer we seek to develop schemes for the activation of small molecule substrates including CO2, H2, H2O and O2.
We make use of expertise in the areas of organic and inorganic synthesis, organometallic chemistry, electrochemistry, photochemistry and catalysis to accomplish these goals. Our group is also initiating work focused on developing fluorescent architectures that respond to organic neurotransmitters. This work has applications in molecular imaging and the elucidation of the chemical mechanisms that control synaptic plasticity. More details on research areas of specific interest is included below.
CO2 Reduction and Renewable Energy Storage
The widespread implementation of intermittent renewable energy sources such as solar and wind is requires the efficient storage of electron equivalents. (read more)
Porphyrinoids for Multielectron Catalysis
In developing a research program centered on the molecular chemistry of renewable energy, we are pursuing new catalysts for the direct photochemical production of energy rich species such as H2 from H2O or hydrohalic acids. (read more)
Probing the Chemistry of Neurotransmission
The transmission of signals in the brain and nervous system is a highly regulated process that forms the basis for plasticity and learning in the central nervous system (CNS). (read more)