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Departmental Collaborations

Highlighting the Castellano Research Group

Research in the Castellano group uses modular synthetic approaches to tune the photophysical properties of transition metal complexes. The group’s primary research thrust is tuning the electronic structure of metal phenanthroline complexes through synthetic modifications to enhance visible light harvesting and access long-lived excited states.

As a member of the CHASE collaboration, they investigate the electronic structure and electrochemical properties of metal complexes to design cascade catalytic approaches for the reduction of carbon dioxide to value-added products.

In the BioLEC collaboration, they investigate the reactivity of earth-abundant transition metal complexes for inner-sphere bond homolysis reactivity, useful for the valorization of biomass and plastics.

The Castellano Group maintains a wide suite of spectroscopic equipment to support these efforts, which allows them to interrogate steady-state properties and time-resolved events across all relevant spectroscopic domains and timescales.