Research in our group aims to address challenges associated with developing efficient solar energy conversion processes by studying proton-coupled electron transfer processes associated with solar fuel production. Proton-coupled electron transfer is a fundamental process wherein the reaction pathways of protons and electrons are intimately coupled. Solar fuel generating reactions rely on this fundamental process, as both protons and electrons must be managed for light-driven water splitting. Revealing exactly how PCET proceeds in systems like these is vital for advancing sustainable energy technologies. Our group explores novel light-induced PCET reactions and uses a combination of electrochemical and photochemical methods to provide detailed mechanistic insight into proton-coupled electron transfer reaction mechanisms. The details revealed by these studies will ultimately provide a better understanding of the role proton-coupled electron transfer plays in solar fuel producing reactions and allow us to harness light-driven proton-coupled electron transfer reactions for energy conversion.

Awards and Achievements

  • Inter-American Photochemical Society Young Investigator Award
  • Sloan Research Fellowship
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award