Research in the Chianese group focuses on organometallic chemistry, drawing on the fields of organic chemistry and inorganic chemistry. We use a combination of experimental and computational techniques to try to understand how important chemical reactions work at the molecular level. Currently, we are engaged in a National Science Foundation funded project to determine how catalysts for the hydrogenation of esters operate. Working in the Chianese group, students learn a variety of techniques in synthetic organic chemistry, including handling air-sensitive compounds, running reactions under inert atmosphere, purification using chromatography, and characterization of compounds using NMR spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography. Students also have the opportunity to learn how to use computational chemistry to probe the mechanistic pathways of reactions. Students interested in coding also have the opportunity to learn how to implement data analysis calculations in Python, although this is not required of all students in the group.
Students should have completed General Chemistry at least, and be majoring or intend to major in Chemistry or Biochemistry. Organic Chemistry is helpful but not required.
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Applications open on 01/03/2022 and close on 02/04/2022