The Eisenberg Research Group

Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry: Synthesis, Structure, Catalysis, and Photochemistry

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September 2014:
We wish postdoc Amit Das all the success as he embarks on a research position with Prof. Shannon Stahl at the University of Wisconsin. Amit was the leader in making exchange inert capping agents for CdSe QDs we were studying for H2 generation and in finding new Ni-based catalysts having redox active ligands.

Rich received the John C. Bailar, Jr. Award from the University of Illinois in Sept., 2014. Rich is a scientific "grandson" of Bailar's, having worked with Harry Gray who worked with Fred Basolo who worked with John. He was deeply honored to receive the award and had a wonderful time in the Chemistry Department in Champagne-Urbana.



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Purnima Ruberu (truberu@Z.ROCHESTER.EDU)

B.S University of Colombo
PhD Iowa State University
I am working on developing new materials for photoelectrochemical(PEC) hydrogen generation.

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Lidong (Troy) Wang (

First year Graduate Student I am from Shanghai China and obtained a BS degree in Chemistry at UofR. Currently I am taking the one-year Master's Program. My goal is to make Platinum (diimine) (dithiolate) chromophores for visible light-induced Hydrogen production. The Platinum chromophores are sensitized with organic dyes such as BODIPY (a boron dipyrrole dye). Other organic dyes with strong absorption are also of interest. Outside the lab I enjoy playing chess, fencing and badminton.

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Bo Zheng (

Bo Zheng was born in 1979 and grew up in Shaanxi, China. He received his B.S. (Chemistry, 1998~2002) and M.S. (Physical Chemistry, 2002~2005) from Northwest University, China. In 2008, he earned his Ph.D in Nanjing University, China. His Ph.D research in Junfeng Bai's group was focused on the investigation of the effect of reaction factors on the formation of coordination polymers. Bo joined the Holm's group in Harvard University in 2009 and investigated the iron-sulfur clusters. Then he joined the Mirica's group in 2012 and focused on the synthesis and the reactivity of organometallic Ni III complexes. Bo joined Eisenberg's group in 2013 and is currently investigating the development of catalysts for the photo-generation of hydrogen using visible light.

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Randy Sabatini (

I am a fifth year graduate student working on a joint project between the labs of Rich Eisenberg and David McCamant. My research pertains to the study of generating solar hydrogen. Using dyes to absorb light, electrons can be transferred to a catalyst, which can then interact with aqueous protons in water to form molecular hydrogen. A sacrificial electron donor is then used to complete the cycle, allowing recovery of the dye. I utilize an ultrafast laser setup to run transient absorption spectroscopy and femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy to probe these systems, as well as a photolysis setup to quantify the amount of hydrogen produced. These studies help to determine the potential drawbacks of certain components, leading to rational design in our synthesis.

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Zhiji Han (

B.S. Shantou University, China 2006
M.S. University of San Francisco 2009
I am from southern China. I have been interested in the field of solardriven water-splitting since high school. My graduate study at the University of Rochester has been focus on both photo- and electro- catalysis, and the synthesis of first-row transition metal complexes as well as inorganic nano-materials for the reduction of water to hydrogen gas.

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Amit Das (

I am from eastern part of India. I obtained my PhD in Chemistry from IIT Bombay, India in 2012 (Supervisor: Prof. G. K. Lahiri). My current research is focused on photocatalytic reduction of water to molecular hydrogen (H2) using earth-abundant metal catalysts.

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Mohsen Golbon Haghighi (

I am 4th year graduate student in Shiraz University, Iran and currently visiting graduate student in Prof. Eisenberg's research group. I am working on synthesis of thiol-based capping agents that can be utilized for the modification of nanocrystal (NCs) surface for the photocatalytic hydrogen generation from water. Also, I worked on synthesis of some organoplatinum compounds as master and PhD projects.

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Yuming Dong (

After received a Ph D. degree from Nanjing University in 2008, he moved to Jiangnan University(China) and serves as associate professor from 2008. Now, he is a visiting scholar (postdoctoral associate researcher) under the direction of Professor Richard Eisenberg. His current research focuses on the visible light driven photoelectrochemical hydrogen production and environmental catalysis.

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Josey Topolski (

I am a senior and the University of Rochester. In May I intend on graduating with a B.S. in Chemistry. I joined the Eisenberg Group during summer 2013. Currently I am working with cobalt dithiolene complexes. On campus I am also involved in the University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra, University of Rochester Ballroom Dance Club, and the Undergraduate Chemistry Council. Next year I plan to enroll in a Ph.D. program in chemistry.