We are a synthetic inorganic chemistry group focused on building up molecules and materials for targeted applications in light harvesting and catalysis. Using the tools and methods of inorganic and main-group synthesis we are preparing new III-V nanostructures and clusters and designing bifunctional electrocatalyst-nanoparticle composites. Along the way we are preparing new molecular precursors, creating new synthetic methodologies, exploring complex reaction mechanisms, and developing a complete toolbox for tailoring nanoparticle surfaces. A diverse array of characterization techniques including optical spectroscopy, electrochemistry, NMR (VT, 2D, multinuclear, solid state), electron microscopy, X-ray spectroscopies (absorption, emission, photoelectron), and X-ray diffraction allow us to analyze our new compounds and direct future synthetic strategies.

Awards and Achievements

  • CAREER award
  • Sloan Research Fellowship
  • Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award
  • 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award