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July 23rd, 2007
Interview: Molecular aesthetics
What projects are you currently working on?
We are interested in ligand scaffolds that can support what we hope to be novel complexes and new reactivity. These ligands are intended to play supporting roles in that they chaperone what goes on at the metal centre. Right now, we are working on a tetradentate ligand system that is proving to be versatile for a wide range of metals. The ligand is capable of stabilizing dinitrogen complexes with widely-differing transition metals and the hope is that unusual binding modes will subsequently influence reaction chemistry in these complexes. We are also working on related ligand design concepts in main group chemistry and in lanthanide and actinide chemistry.
My co-workers and I benefit from the collaborative environment of research at Berkeley. For example, with Peidong Yang's group we are exploring the surface-modification of nanomaterials in chemistry related to ion transport and we have applied some of what we have learnt to arsenate sensing. We also work with Bob Bergman on a project making complexes of Group 4 and 5 metals and their use as catalysts.
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