Members

Principal Investigator

Our research involves the synthesis and characterization of new inorganic and organometallic complexes and materials. One goal of this work is to improve our understanding of the structure and bonding in transition metal, lanthanide, and actinide systems, as well as nanoclusters. We are also trying to discover new organic transformations mediated by metal centers.

Visiting Researchers

Christophe´s research is focused on the synthesis and study of complexes containing actinide-carbon multiple bonds.

Graduate Students

Mikiyas’ research is focused on synthesis and characterization of new lanthanide coordination complexes.

Mikiyas’ research is focused on synthesis and characterization of new lanthanide and actinide coordination complexes.

Miguel is working on the synthesis and characterization of late metal-chalcogenide multiple bonds that are capable of small molecule activation.

Phoebe is working on the bottom-up synthesis of iron nanoclusters.

Gregg is currently working on the trans/cis isomerization of the uranyl ion, as well as the synthesis of novel actinide complexes for the understanding of 5f orbital covalency.

Sheila is working on the synthesis of homoleptic uranium(V) pnictogenides and chalcogenides for spectroscopic analysis.

Osvaldo’s research currently focuses on the bottom-up synthesis of manganese nanoclusters.

Selena's research involves the synthesis of thorium polyhydride complexes to investigate actinide-ligand bonding and 5f orbital interactions.

Alex is working towards the bottom-up synthesis of group 8 and group 9 metal nanoclusters.

Undergraduate Students

Sophia is exploring the synthesis and reactivity of NO Dismutase model complexes.

Joel is currently working on the synthesis of actinide-carbon multiple bonds with his graduate student mentor, Gregg Kent.

Alumni

Juan is working toward the synthesis of new sulfur-atom transfer reagents.

Ivan is working on the synthesis and characterization of complexes containing uranium-carbon double bonds.

Andrew is currently working on synthesizing and characterizing transition metal hydride nanoclusters, supported by bidentate phosphine ligands. 

Peter is currently working on expanding our understanding of the ketimide (N=CR2)- ligand by characterizing new transition metal ketimide complexes.

Nate's research involves the synthesis and characterization of new late metal coordination complexes (groups 9, 10, and 11) which feature metal-ligand multiple bonds.

Zhouyang (Tracky) is working on the synthesis and characterization of copper hydride nanoclusters.

Riley is working on the synthesis and characterization of new uranyl complexes containing macrocyclic ligands.

Neusha is exploring the viability of polydentate macrocyclic ligands for the stabilization of tetravalent lanthanide ions in organic media.

Sabrina is exploring the synthesis and reactivity of NO Dismutase model complexes.

Daniel is working on the synthesis and characterization of Pd and Pt ketimide complexes.

 

Richard is exploring the ability of new ketimide ligands to stabilize high oxidation states in the lanthanides.  

Bi is working on the synthesis and characterization of copper hydride nanoclusters with Cu(0) character. 

Ed’s research focuses on the synthesis of new uranium heteroatom multiple bonds, specifically involving phosphorus

Ellie is currently studying the functionalization and reduction of the trans-uranyl moiety, (UO2)2+, which is the major form of the uranium found in spent nuclear fuel. She is also attempting to synthesize a cis-uranyl complex, in an effort to better understand the nature of the U-O bonds in this moiety.

Chris is working on the synthesis and characterization of new transition metal nanoclusters stabilized by multi-dentate ligands. 

Bonny is working on the synthesis of cis-uranyl complexes under the guidance of Gregg Kent.

Carlos is working on the synthesis and characterization of new ketimide ligands.

Danil’s research involves the development of new strategies to synthesize metal-ligand multiple bonds, with a focus upon the actinides.

Jonathan is exploring the ligation of macrocyclic ligands to the uranyl ion, in an effort to effect a trans/cis isomerization.

Megan is working on the synthesis and characterization of new uranyl complexes containing macrocyclic ligands.