04/05/18 -9:45 AM to 11:00 AM
Dow Lecture Series: Professor Christine Thomas
Dow Lecture Series
Professor Thomas’ research entails the synthesis of new ligands and transition metal complexes with the ultimate goal of uncovering new approaches to the catalytic activation and functionalization of small molecules and organic substrates. The underlying theme for her research program is to examine the ways in which different components of a transition metal complex work together and how this cooperation affects the reactivity of the complex as a whole. Specifically, researchers in her group study the cooperation between two metal centers in bimetallic frameworks metal centers and non-innocent ligands. they also pursue a variety of characterization techniques including multinuclear NMR, IR, UV-Vis and EPR spectroscopies, as well as magnetic and electrochemical measurements. In addition, theoretical investigations into the electronic structure and reactivity of particularly interesting transition metal complexes synthesized in her group are studied using density functional theory (DFT) calculations.