Welcome to the Diaconescu Group

Organometallic Chemistry Research Group @ UCLA


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Our Research

Redox Switchable Catalysis

Redox-switchable catalysis is an atom-economical method that generates multiple catalytically active species with different reactivity; because these species originate from a single precursor, the cost of chemical synthesis is reduced. Metal complexes containing redox-active groups are being increasingly studied because the electronic properties of a metal center can be altered without the need for further, extensive synthetic steps to achieve ligand modification. The goal of this research is to design a compound that exhibits orthogonal reactivity for different substrates by switching between the oxidized and reduced forms of a catalyst. Ultimately, this research project is pushing the boundaries of understanding the factors that influence catalytic activity.

Electrophilic Metal Centers for Small Molecule Activation

Activation and functionalization of inert molecules is essential to solve some of the world’s energy problems. Important examples of these molecules include aromatic compounds, as well as small molecules such as CO, CO2, CH4, and N2. Synthetic organometallic chemists have contributed majorly to advancing this field of research by designing compounds that display unusual properties and, consequently, reactivity toward these substrates. The basis of molecular design in organometallic chemistry is the study of ancillary ligands that enable specific characteristics to various metal centers.

About Us

Contact Us

Email: pld@chem.ucla.edu

Phone: (310) 794-4809

Twitter: @DiaconescuLab

Lab: Mol Sci 1210, 1220
Office: Mol Sci 1515

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