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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Research in the Eisenberg laboratory focuses on aspects of inorganic and organometallic chemistry related to photochemistry for artificial photosynthesis (AP) and catalysis related to synthetic methodolgy.

All of the research involves collaborative projects with UR colleagues. During the past decade, major advancements have been made in the light driven reduction of protons to hydrogen using organic dyes and semiconductor quantum dots as light absorbers and first transition series metal complexes as molecular catalysts. Proton reduction to H2 is the reductive side of the splitting of water into its constituent elements which is the key energy storing reaction in AP and solar energy conversion into chemical potential energy. Systems of considerable activity and robustness have been developed such as one illustrated below and others highlighted in the papers cited below.

The use of metal complexes as catalysts for electrophilicly driven reactions has been an important objective in a joint project with Prof. Alison Frontier. Both cationic iridium complexes and a new heterogeneous Au catalyst have been investigated for Nazarov cyclization and subsequent transformations as potential cascades.