Synthetic inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and organometallic chemistry. Coordination chemistry of transition metal catalysts and reagents. Catalysis and reaction mechanism.
Coordination chemistry, reactivity, and mechanisms of transition metal catalysts
The medicinal chemist’s synthesis toolbox consists of toxic and expensive Rh, Ru, and Pd catalysts. Continued use of these metals is unsustainable since they are not made from earth-abundant materials. A solution to this problem is to use abundant transition metal elements. However, to achieve this outcome, significant research is required to make new compounds and understand their properties and potential applications. This is where our research is focused: synthesis and application of new transition metal catalysts and reagents made from earth abundant elements. Our research spans the entire first row, with focused efforts on Ti, Mn, Fe, and Zn. The fruit of this labor has been the discovery of several new bench-stable reagents and catalysts, such as [MnCl3(OPPh3)2] and [(CO)4Mn(µ-H)(µ-PR2)Mn(CO)4].