We are devoted to the use of synthetic inorganic chemistry as a tool to design and construct new molecules for targeted applications. We also use kinetics and the study of reaction mechanisms of enzymes and synthetic molecules to develop new catalysts. Our current research efforts are centered in two key areas:
1) Development of molecular chemistry of consequence to CO2 conversion to higher-energy products. Use of heavy atom isotope effects to study activated CO2 intermediates in chemical and biological systems.
2) Design and synthesis of compounds with medicinal properties that take advantage of the important role of metal ions in biological systems. Our approach involves synthesizing novel complexes and characterizing them with an arsenal of physical, chemical and spectroscopic data.