Patrick Holland

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Prof of Chemistry


225 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511-8499

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Principal Investigator

Professor of Chemistry
Member of Yale faculty since 2013


The Holland group studies transition-metal complexes of inexpensive metals, with the goal of understanding their reactions and increasing their potential for use in catalysis. In order to accomplish this goal, we develop expertise in biological inorganic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, synthesis, mechanistic techniques, and spectroscopy. We have developed complexes with metal-ligand multiple bonds and complexes that break multiple bonds in organic and inorganic substrates. In order to boost reactivity, we often target complexes in which the metal has a low coordination number of three.

One primary focus of research has been on iron complexes for nitrogen fixation, which is important for agriculture and the environment. Our studies have also addressed solar production of hydrogen, catalytic alkene and fluorocarbon reduction, and fundamental organometallic mechanisms.


A.B. Princeton University, 1993
Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley, 1997
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Minnesota, 1997-2000


NSF CAREER Award, 2002
Sloan Fellowship, 2003
Fulbright Scholar, 2012
Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists, 2013
Fellow of the AAAS, 2015
Bessel Award of the Humboldt Foundation, 2016


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