Mechanisms of Molecular Catalysts
Reaction mechanisms in small molecule catalysts can be a black box. Our work in this area couples synthetic chemistry with novel transient spectroscopies and electrochemistry to probe short-lived reaction intermediates. As part of this program, we are developing a temperature-jump transient technique that will allow us to observe catalytic cycles with nanosecond resolution. Currently, we are investigating organic and dual photoredox reactions, with studies on classical transition metal coupling reactions planned.