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.
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.
Selena's research involves the synthesis of thorium polyhydride complexes to investigate actinide-ligand bonding and 5f orbital interactions.
Ivan is working on the synthesis and characterization of complexes containing uranium-carbon double bonds.
Mikiyas’ research is focused on synthesis and characterization of new lanthanide and actinide coordination complexes.
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.
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.
Bonny is working on the synthesis of cis-uranyl complexes under the guidance of Gregg Kent.
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.