CATALYSIS WITH EARTH-ABUNDANT METALS
We are interested in first-row transition metal complexes with unusual structures and electronic configurations. Transition metals like iron or cobalt are attractive Earth-abundant alternatives to precious metal catalyst that are more commonly used in catalytic processes. On the one hand, their complex electronic structures present a barrier to understanding and controlling their reactivity. On the other hand, these unique electronic structures may offer new pathways to unique catalytic transformations. Our work aims to address both aspects.
IRON - AN EXTRAORDINARY TRANSITION METAL