Assistant Professor of Chemistry
230 Hugel Science Center

Degrees

  • B.S., George Fox University
  • Ph.D., University of Florida
  • Postdoctoral, University of North Carolina

Courses:  CHEM 121: General Chemistry I; CHEM 122: General Chemistry II;  CHEM 222: Organic Chemistry II; CHEM 221L: Organic Chemistry Laboratory I; CHEM 222L: Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

Research:  Research in my lab focuses on the synthesis of novel organometallic molecules. Our interest in these complexes lie in their ability to catalyze or facilitate organic reactions. One of our projects investigates the capability of specific organometallic compounds to catalyze the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to methanol or methane. If this reduction could be achieved in an energy efficient manner it would result in the formation of a completely renewable fuel cycle. Another project in our lab uses water soluble organometallic complexes to catalyze organic reactions in aqueous solutions. Aqueous solvents are relatively inexpensive and environmentally benign compared to the organic solvents typically used for these transformations.

Organometallic complexes are made up of a transition metal center bound to an organic ligand via a metal-carbon bond. The organic ligand modulate the efficiency and selectivity of the catalyzed chemical reactions by modifying both the steric and chemical environments of the transition metal. Our group synthesizes new N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligands, coordinates these ligands to a variety of transition metal centers, and studies the structural and chemical properties of the resulting complex.