Grapperhaus Research Group
Research in the Grapperhaus Group focuses on the synthesis, characterization, and reactivity of metal complexes for applications in catalysis, energy research, and medical applications. Our research team has a special interest in metal-ligand cooperativity including 'non-innocent' ligands that participate in oxidation-reduction events, ligand modfication/functionalization, and ligand-centered catalysis. Our studies employs a variety of techniques including ligand design and synthesis, inorganic synthesis including air-free techniques, spectroscopy (UV-vis, FT-IR, NMR, EPR) electrochemistry, x-ray crystallography, mechanistic investigations, and DFT computations. Undergraduate and graduate students develop a broad based approach to research and problem solving.