Catalysis lies at the heart of many unmet chemical challenges. Research efforts in our group focus on development of new catalytic chemistry to impact both chemical synthesis as well as chemical storage of solar energy. Projects span organic, organometallic, and inorganic chemistries and rely on the tools of modern synthetic chemistry and spectroscopy, as well as advanced characterization techniques supported at synchrotron X-ray sources. Representative research interests include: shape-selective catalysis, solar energy storage in organic solar-thermal flow batteries, and aerobic oxidation chemistry for C-H functionalization reactions. We are seeking students who wish to gain expertise in synthetic chemistry and reaction mechanism elucidation.

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  • SchmidtRntsch, T., Verplancke, H., Lienert, J. N., Demeshko, S., Otte, M., Van Trieste, G. P., ... Schneider, S. (2022). Nitrogen Atom Transfer Catalysis by Metallonitrene CH Insertion: Photocatalytic Amidation of Aldehydes. Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 61(9), e202115626.
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  • Hyun, S., Reid, K. A., Vali, S. W., Lindahl, P. A., & Powers, D. C. (2021). Cis-Divacant Octahedral Fe(II) in a Dimensionally Reduced Family of 2-(Pyridin-2-yl)pyrrolide Complexes. Inorganic Chemistry. 60(20), 15617-15626.
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  • Huh, D. N., Maity, A., Van Trieste, G. P., Schley, N. D., Powers, D. C., & Tonks, I. A (2021). Electronic structure analysis and reactivity of the bimetallic bis-titanocene vinylcarboxylate complex, [(Cp2Ti)2(O2C3TMS2)]. Polyhedron. 207, 115368-115368.
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  • Reid, K. A., & Powers, D. C (2021). In crystallo organometallic chemistry.. Chem Commun (Camb). 57(41), 4993-5003.
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  • Ezazi, A. A., Gao, W., & Powers, D. C. (2021). Leveraging Exchange Kinetics for the Synthesis of Atomically Precise Porous Catalysts. 13(9), 2117-2131.
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