IC YOU

Inorganic Chemistry : Young, Outstanding and Upcoming

The IC YOU symposium is being organized by the journal Inorganic Chemistry and will be held as part of the 5th SABIC to highlight work done by some of the bright young inorganic chemists from all over the world. Their research interests span contemporary problems in energy, environment, catalysis and human health. It will be jointly chaired by William B. Tolman, Editor In-Chief Inorganic Chemistry, and Partha S. Mukherjee, associate editor Inorganic Chemistry.

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    Our research focuses on making bimetallic complexes containing metal-metal interactions, which may be critical to the catalytic function of bioinorganic and metal-supported active sites. We will describe different modalities of metal-support interactions in catalysis.
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    Anne Katherine Jones explores biological and biologically-inspired, energy-relevant redox catalysts. Current projects include mechanistic characterization of hydrogenases, determination of the structural basis of electron bifurcation in biology, and synthesis of bio-inspired reduction catalysts for fuel production.
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    Transition-metal mediated C-H bond activation reactions.
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    Dioxygen activation and bioinspired oxidations by transition metal complexes.
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    Synthetic, structure, and reactivity aspects of late 3d metal complexes, particularly those capable of activating small molecules and inert bonds, and mimicking the metallocofactors in enzymes.
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    The Apfel group is mainly interested in the activation of CO2 and formation of H2 and projects involve the synthesis and electrocatalytic investigation of novel materials as homogenous and heterogenous mimics for  carbon monoxide dehydrogenase and hydrogenase. The synthetic manipulation of the [FeFe] hydrogenase enzyme by synthetic mimics is an additional research area in the group.
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    The Lancaster Group employs a diverse set of spectroscopic tools including advanced synchrotron-based X-ray spectroscopies to unravel electronic structure-function relationships in transition-metal mediated homogeneous catalysis and nitrogen cycle metalloenzymology.
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    The SGDey group’s research involves investigation of structure-function correlation of redox active metal and cofactor bound peptides which have been related to several diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and type 2 diabetes. We use various spectroscopic tools to investigate the geometric and electronic structures of these active sites to gain insight into their reactivities with other biological molecules and pathways that are physiologically relevant to a particular pathology.
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    Electrochemical investigation of electron and proton transport in oxidic cobalt oxygen evolving catalysts and their role in catalysis.
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    Elucidation of reaction mechanisms for small molecule activation by using a combined spectroscopic and computational approach.
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    Ankona’s research group applies the concepts of bio-mimetic chemistry and metal-protein interactions to develop chemical probes with the ultimate aim of tracking signaling molecules and ions in living systems.