Our research focuses on the synthesis of organometallic complexes and their use in various chemical transformations. We also have interests in the application of organometallic complexes in biological applications. Our research aims to develop our students’ expertise in synthesis, spectroscopy and their catalytic and biological applications while contributing to scientific knowledge.
Olefins are very important chemicals which are obtained from petroleum refining. They are usually transformed to other intermediates which are important in various industries. Our group synthesizes metal complexes which are utilized in the hydroformylation of olefins into linear and branched aldehydes.
The world’s dependence on petroleum derived fuels and chemicals has placed a strain on our crude oil reserves. This has caused scientist to look towards alternative sources of deriving fuels and chemicals. One of such alternative sources is biomass. Our group is interested in synthesizing metal complexes that enable us to convert biomass-derived chemicals into various useful chemicals and fuels.
Carbon dioxide, a green house gas and a waste product from vehicles and most industries, contributes greatly to global warming. Efforts are being made by scientists to trap this waste gas in order to prevent it from entering the environment. These efforts are motivated by other efforts to utilize this gas by transforming them to other useful products. Our group is focused on synthesizing metal complexes aimed at catalyzing the transformation of CO2 into useful chemicals like methanol.
C-C and C-N Cross-Coupling
Cross Coupling reactions enable us in the synthesis of compounds of chemical and industrial importance that mostly possess biphenyl moieties. Our group focuses on the synthesis of new as well as the improvement of existing metal complexes and their use in the coupling of various aromatic containing substrates that present cheaper and alternative to routes to current synthetic approaches.
Our group is also interested in the syntheses of metal complexes and screening them for their bioactivities. We are currently focused on the syntheses of anti-cancer bioorganic complexes.
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