The central theme of research in my group is the design and development of organometallic complexes for use in catalysis with a focus on green chemistry. The development of atom economical reactions, minimization of extraneous solvent use, and use of more environmentally benign solvents (i.e. water) will be the major driving force for catalyst design. First, the use of borylcyclopentadienyl transition metal complexes for the catalytic formation of alkylated pyridines will be developed. The second project will focus on the synthesis of new multidentate, water-soluble ligands and metal complexes as potential catalysts for hydrogenation of unsaturated substrates. Both of these approaches will provide fundamental understanding towards the development of more environmentally benign chemical processes on both lab and industrial scales.
University of Virginia
Texas A&M University
Inorganic & Organometallic Catalysis
Tarleton State University
Chemistry & Mathematics