The objective of our research program is to develop useful catalytic molecular transformations at mononuclear and dinuclear metal centers tailored exclusively for a specific transformation. The reactions of interest to us are the activation and utilization of heteroallenes and related compounds, group transfer reactivity of high-valent nitrene and carbene functionalities in weak-field ligand environments, activation of C-H bonds, and synthesis of new energetic materials. In addition to the catalyst development, we are fascinated with ligand design and the ensuing reactivity of  the resulting metal complexes. Specifically, we are exploring how the cooperative reactivity of bimetallics can be controlled via a dinucleating ligand design. We are also investigating the chemistry of low-coordinate first-row transition metal complexes in a bis(alkoxide) environment and studying their stoichiometric and catalytic reactivity. For more information about a specific project please see the links below.

Design of Mono- and Bimetallic
Complexes for the Binding and Activation of Heteroallenes and Related Small Molecules

Low-Coordinate Metal Centers in Bis(Alkoxide) Ligand Environments for the Activation and Functionalization of Strong Bonds