Robert M. Buchanan

Professor, Inorganic Chemistry


Research Interests

Research in the Buchanan Group focuses on the synthesis, characterization, and reactivity of organo-metal complexes for catalysis, energy, and medical applications.

The group is a highly collaborative and interacts with other research groups in chemistry, engineering, and medicine, and is interested in 'non-innocent' ligands that participate in oxidation-reduction processes, ligand modification/functionalization, metal-centered ligand-assisted, ligand-centered metal-assisted and ligand-centered catalysis involving small molecules, and surface modification with molecule catalysts.

Our research focuses on ligand design and synthesis of inorganic complexes and utilizes a variety of characterization methods including spectroscopy (UV-vis, FT-IR, NMR, EPR), electrochemistry, x-ray crystallography, as well as mechanistic investigations, and DFT studies.

Undergraduate and graduate students in the Buchanan Group develop a broad based and interdisciplinary approach to research and problem solving.

Students interested in undergraduate and graduate research positions should contact Professor Buchanan (