Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S. Biochemistry, 2016
Current Research Focus
My research focuses on the electrochemical fixation of dinitrogen focusing on both dinitrogen bond cleavage to form terminal metal nitrides and their subsequent fixation to ammonia. In collaboration with labs at both Rutgers University and Yale University, I study a variety of pincer ligated-molybdenum and rhenium complexes.
Born in Barrie, Ontario, I moved south of the border in the early 2000s, where I found an interest in the applied and physical sciences, particularly chemistry. As an undergraduate at Georgia Tech I continued to explore my interest in chemistry, falling in love with inorganic chemistry through my work in the Soper Lab studying cobalt cross-coupling reactivity. Through various research opportunities, I found my interest in both small molecule activations and base-metal catalyzed which led me to Chapel Hill where I continue to explore those interests.
Why did you choose UNC Chemistry?
I chose UNC Chemistry for a combination of the ability to pursue work that was of interest to me coupled with an extremely vibrant working environment. The department as a whole is inclusive and open from the graduate students to the professors, allowing for a unique experience and an overall improved work environment. Most importantly, the labs I was interested in joining seemed to have lively, and healthy, group dynamics.
What are your future plans?
My future plans include continuing to explore my interests in small-molecule activations and base-metal processes. I would particularly like to focus on both turning newer abundant small molecule feedstocks (like ethylene) into high-value products as well as target energy-intensive processes and explore ways to couple these processes to light or electrical-driven processes. This work would likely take place in an academic setting.