Our group studies transition metal catalysts using both magneto-optical spectroscopy and magnetic resonance techniques.

About

Our group studies transition metal catalysts using both magneto-optical spectroscopy and magnetic resonance techniques. These methods can be used to monitor: oxidation states, transients/intermediates, the binding of substrates as well as product formation and release, providing important complementary information to static spectroscopic and diffraction methods.

A key motivation of our research is to understand how biological systems use earth abundant metals including manganese to perform the difficult oxidative/reductive chemistry of small molecules such as water and oxygen. We are developing new methods to study these systems that are in principle transferable to metal oxide materials, which should in the future allow molecular level characterization of heterogeneous catalysis interfaced with electrodes.

Projects

Advanced Optical Spectroscopy, The mechanism of biological water splitting and Redox non-innocent first row transition metal complexes.

Student intake

Open for Honours, PhD students

Theme

Inorganic Chemistry and Organometallic Chemistry, Energy, Environment and Green Chemistry, Catalysis, Physical and Biophysical Chemistry

Members

Leader

Associate Professor

Researcher

Postdoctoral Fellow

Student

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PhD Candidate

PhD Candidate

News

Scientists have cracked a key step in nature's water-splitting recipe, which powers all plant life on Earth and may be harnessed to make a limitless supply of cheap renewable fuel.

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