Group News

double congrats to Allie

June 2022

Congratulations to Allie Nagelski for two key accomplishments this past month! First, Allie was named Best Poster Presentation at the Fusion Conference on Small-Molecule Activation, for her poster on the synthesis and properties of diiron complexes relevant to nitrogenase. Second, after her similarly outstanding poster presentation at the Inorganic Chemistry Gordon Conference, she was elected Co-Chair of the Gordon Research Seminar for the next conference (2024). Great job, Allie!

paper on cobalt(IV) alkyls in JACS

June 2022

Congrats to Conner Wilson and DK Kim, whose paper on a salen-supported cobalt(IV) isopropyl complex has now appeared in J. Am. Chem. Soc. They generated this species at low temperature, and looked at its reactivity and spectroscopy (the latter in collaboration with Brian Hoffman’s group). These were interpreted through essential DFT calculations by Reagan Hooper (assisted by Rinaldo Poli). We learned that the complex has significant contribution from a resonance form that is cobalt(II)-(isopropyl cation), which explains its unusual Co-C bond energy, redox potential, reactivity, and catalytic relevance. Great job, all!

Welcome to Hanin

June 2022

We are excited to welcome Hanin Sarhan, who will be a postbaccalaureate student for the next year. Hanin comes to us from Michigan State, and will be doing an organic project in collaboration with Scott Miller’s group and Savannah Mason in particular. Hanin is part of the exciting ACS Bridge program, where she will get to know a range of other scholars across campus and the country. Yay Hanin!

Danny Broere highlighted 

June 2022

Danny Broere, a recent postdoc in the group, is having great success in his independent academic position at Utrecht University. He was highlighted by Angew. Chem. recently ( Keep it up, Danny!

Welcome to Frank and Javin

June 2022

Welcome to two new summer undergraduates who have joined the group for the summer. Frank Peprah is a student from Amherst College, who will be working on a new ligand synthesis with us. Javin Patel is a student from Arizona State, who will be working on a new alkene reaction. Having you two with us is a pleasure, and we look forward to your contributions!

SCS pincer paper by Reagan and Kaz

January 2022

Congrats to Reagan Hooper and Kazimer Skubi on their new paper in Inorganic Chemistry. Kaz came up with an inventive new SCS pincer that can be metallated through a C-H activation reaction, and Reagan did extensive characterization and computations. This turned out as a fabulous story that shows interesting information about proton binding to the ligand, and the balance of orbital energies with binding of a nearby alkali metal. Great work!

Welcome to undergraduate researchers

September 2021

Welcome to Maria Grillo, who is starting research in the group, and welcome back to Peter Cappaert, who did summer research with us a few years ago and is now back for senior research! They join Elena Urquiola and Quentin Bertrand, who are plugging away on their own research projects and adding excitement and verve to the group. Go team!

Comprehensive Organometallic Chemistry

July 2021

Three cheers for group members who have written chapters on nitrogen chemistry for the upcoming release of “Comprehensive Organometallic Chemistry IV.” Dan Wilson wrote a chapter about nitrogenases and model complexes, and Jeremy Weber, Sam Bhutto, and Alex Genoux teamed up on a chapter about the coordination chemistry and reactivity of N2 in coordination compounds. Great work!!

Welcome to Alex

March 2021

We’re very pleased to welcome Alexandre Genoux as a new postdoctoral fellow in the group. Alex will be working on N2 reduction electrocatalysis through the CHASE Solar Fuels Hub. We look forward to working with Alex!

Research of the Year

December 2020

Our research was listed in Chem. Eng. News “Year in Chemistry 2020” as one of the Sensational Syntheses of 2020. Earlier this year in Nature, we reported a reaction sequence discovered by Sean McWilliams and Danny Broere, and worked out in greater detail by Sam Bhutto, Connor Halliday, and Brandon Mercado, which converts benzene to aniline using N2