Research in our lab focuses on the determination of the mechanisms of important organic and organometallic reactions. Of particular interest are systems utilizing transition-metal-centered complexes or organic molecules as catalysts. Through the kinetic and thermodynamic characterization of these processes, we not only gain insight into their catalytic cycles, but determine the controlling factors that direct reactivity. The primary aim of this research is to determine the mechanistic framework necessary to both expand established reactivity and develop new, more efficient catalytic methods for organic synthesis.
Students in the group will utilize organic, organometallic, analytical, and physical chemistry to observe reaction mechanisms. This research will provide training in not only organic and organometallic synthesis, but separation and characterization of complex systems using chromatography and spectroscopy.