These are some of the fun and interesting topics we are looking at!
We are investigating clusters of biological and abiotic origin
Molecular and condensed-phase metal-based oxidation catalysts
The inner 4f electrons of the lanthanide should be shielded from those of the 3d metal site. But are they?
Break apart dinitrogen! Evolve dihydrogen! Reduce dioxygen! These are urgent issues that chemistry needs to solve. Iron-containing compounds can do it all!
Unusual geometries and electronic structures can lead to materials with special properties
Spin-crossover molecules vs. single-molecule magnets: a competition for the smallest information storage and processing bit
As a group we have an extensive expertise in Mössbauer spectroscopy, EPR, magnetic measurements, and theoretical analysis of electronic structures. Our students also bring synthetic skills into the mix.
Our main investigative tool is field-dependent Mössbauer spectroscopy. This technique allows us to characterize all iron containg species in complex systems regardless of their nature.
In-house measurements are done at X-band (9 GHz). For high-field, high-frequency EPR our group travels to the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (MagLab) in Tallahasse, FL.
We rationalize our spectroscopic data and experimental observations using Density Functional and Crystal Field Theories.
The metal complexes we study require air-free synthesis and handling at cryogenic temperatures.
We are developing new ways to investigate short-lived species by combining spectroscopy with electrochemistry and microfluidics, such as EPR-based lab-on-a chip platforms and in-situ Mössbauer emission spectroscopy.
If you are on the palouse come visit our department! If we attend the same conference come find us! We are excited to meet you!