Renewable Energy
Bioinorganic Chemistry


We are a groups of chemistry researchers developing metal catalysts for renewable energy and sustainable chemistry applications. We are investigating lignocellulosic biomass conversion to high value chemicals with a focus on aromatic products from lignin.

The availability of shale gas in the U.S. is a game changer for the chemical industry. Our research group is part of the Negishi Brown Institute for Catalysis (NBIC), which is a consertium of chemists and chemical engineers working together to develop new chemistries and catalysis for upgrading of natural gas to paraffins, olefins, and aromatics.

A central theme in our research is catalyst design based on mechanistic understanding at the molecular level. Our current research emphases are in the areas of catalysis, renewable energy, and sustainable chemistry.

One of the group's hallmarks is our ability to make and measure. We synthesize new compounds, characterize them, study their reaction chemistry, and measure kinetics to elucidate reaction mechanisms. Students and postdoctoral scholars tailor their own projects and interact extensively with their colleagues.



We are grateful to the National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences (DOE-BES), ChevronPhillips Chemical Company, and Qatar National Research Funf for financial support.

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