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Joseph Derosa W-1913

Dr. Joseph Derosa, PhD

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Research Summary

Metallocene mediators have historically served as versatile single-electron transfer (SET) reagents for a multitude of applications in synthetic organic, organometallic, and inorganic chemistry; however, their reactivity in the presence of strong acids is largely unharnessed. Protonated metallocenes have immense untapped potential for proton-coupled electron-transfer (PCET) processes, as shown in seminal reductions of N2-to-NH3 with mixtures of strong acids with metallocene mediators. The goal of this proposal is to synthesize, analyze, and characterize a diverse library of metallocene mediators toward achieving catalytic PCET, providing a series of novel reagents pertinent to both synthetic chemistry and fundamental inorganic chemistry.

Research Title:

Synthesis, Characterization, and Applications of Novel Metallocene Mediators for Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer (PCET)

Award Year: 2020
Institution at Time of Award: California Institute of Technology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jonas Peters