Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Physical chemistry, ultrafast, single molecule, femtosecond
Our research group is interested in mechanistic studies of chemical reactions at the single molecule level. Single molecule force manipulation and optical detection have revolutionized biophysics by characterizing states and kinetics traditionally obscured in ensemble averages; the development of single molecule vibrational spectroscopies will provide the structural resolution necessary to extend these tools to study chemical processes such as bond formation and dissociation, charge transfer, and ligand exchange. We will apply an array of single molecule techniques to study how metalloproteins facilitate redox chemistry in their active sites and to study mechanistic heterogeneity during carbon-carbon bond formation in organometallic catalysts. New theoretical and computational methods will be developed to understand these new spectroscopies and model reaction pathways.