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Organometallic chemistry melds the disciplines of inorganic and organic in examining the structure – both conformational and electronic -- and reactivity of compounds containing metal-carbon bonds. Main group and transition metal reagents are investigated in the context of stoichiometric and catalytic transformations critical to the synthesis of fine and commodity chemicals.  

Laboratory training emphasizes a hands-on approach, including: 1) the synthesis and manipulation of air-sensitive compounds; 2) spectroscopic characterizations (multinuclear, 2D, and VT NMR; IR; UV-vis; epr); 3) X-ray structure determination; 4) kinetics and related mechanistic investigations, including simulations; and 5) conducting/interpreting ab initio and/or semi-empirical molecular orbital calculations.