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Research Areas
...harnessing the power of Quantum Mechanics to investigate electronic structure and reactivity in Biomimetic Transition Metal Catalysis

High-Valent Fe-Oxo Chemistry

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We seek to investigate the correlation between the electronic structure and reactivity of high-valent iron-oxo intermediates in biology and synthetic chemistry through DFT and multiconfigurational ab initio calculations. One of our major focuses in this direction is to decipher the nature of the electron and proton transfer pathways.  

Nitrene Transfer Chemistry

We seek to develop an in-depth understanding of the electronic structure and reactivity of transition-metal-bound nitrene species that are implicated in the catalytic cycle of metalloporphyrin-based enzymes and synthetic catalysts. Our long-term goal is to design and develop novel synthetic catalysts for selective amination reactions

Inorg. Chem. 2023, 62, 5810–5821. (Read)JACS Au 2023, DOI: 10.1021/jacsau.3c00670 (Read)

Homogeneous N2 Activation

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Understanding the nitrogenase-mimicking reactivity exhibited by synthetic complexes is the primary goal of homogeneous N2 activation. We seek to develop strategies through high-level electronic structure calculations for N–N bond cleavage and protonation. 

Chem. Eur. J. 2023, 29, e202301984. (Read); Dalton. Trans. 2023, 52, 12517-12525. (Read)

Biochemistry of Oxygenases in Connection to Collagen Structure

Our goal is to understand the detailed reaction mechanism of prolyl hydroxylation in the collagenous substrate by mammalian prolyl hydroxylase enzymes. Subsequently, we target to uncover the structural and electronic role of prolyl hydroxylation in the overall stability of the collagen triple helix and fibril macrostructure.  

Matrix Biology Plus 2024, 22, 100144. (Read)

Homogeneous CO2 Reduction

Understanding the intermediates and electron/proton transfer processes in carbon monoxide dehydrogenases (CODH). Establishing thermodynamic correlation for predicting novel non-noble metal catalysts for homogeneous CO2 hydrogenation 

Catalysts 2023, 13, 592. (Read)

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