Chemistry and Biochemistry



Inorganic chemists study reactions of metals and main group elements. Their research involves synthesis of new compounds and materials. After characterizing the compounds, they apply them to problems such as human illness, pollution, catalysis, and new electronic and structural materials. Inorganic chemists often bond organic molecules to metals, use physical chemistry to characterize their compounds, analyze other compounds with what they have synthesized, or study the role of metals in biological systems. As they do research, they make discoveries in bioinorganic, organometallic, materials, and coordination chemistry.

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Roger G. Harrison


Harrison Lab Group Research in our group comes under one of three main areas: molecular recognition, separations by ion chromatography and nanomaterials.  Frontiers in chemical research are at the interface of what used to be separate disciplines. The areas of inorganic chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, and materials can be applied to separations, molecular sensors, catalysts, and nanomaterials. Our group does research in ...

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Kara Stowers


Stowers Group Research The Stowers laboratory has research interests that span inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry in the aim of understanding and improving catalysts. Using Carbon Dioxide as a Feedstock: We aim to find ways to manage and use Carbon Dioxide. Inorganic Heterogeneous Catalysis:  We plan to synthesize new catalysts to activate Carbon Dioxide. We aim to use readily available transition ...

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Richard K. Watt


BIOINORGANIC CHEMISTRY Watt Research Lab Group Biological systems require trace amounts of transition metal ions to sustain life. Transition metal ions are required at the active sites of many enzymes for catalytic activity.  In fact, transition metals catalyze some of the most energetically demanding reactions in biology.  Unfortunately, these highly reactive metal ions also catalyze reactions that are dangerous for ...

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