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Inorganic Chemistry

Research in the Inorganic Chemistry division is very diverse and includes broad subtopics including photochemistry, synthetic main-group chemistry, classic coordination chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, theoretical calculations, and chemical education. Techniques such as resonance Raman, Electron Paramagnetic Resonance, FTIR, UV-visible/near-IR absorption, X-ray crystallography, X-ray absorption, magnetics, natural and magnetically induced circular dichroism, and electrochemistry are used to understand the structure and reactivity of metal complexes and metalloprotein sites. The Inorganic Division is also home to the Center for Metalloenzyme Studies, a centralized collaboration of UGA scientists interested in the role that metal ions play in key biological processes.


Our research program uses lasers, electrical discharges and pulsed supersonic molecular beams to produce a variety of unusual molecules, ions, metal complexes and atomic or molecular clusters.  The extreme conditions of the "synthesis" processes employed make it possible to produce strange molecular aggregates…

The research in the Harrop group focuses on aspects in the area of bioinorganic chemistry. These interests include the rational design and synthesis of structural and functional models of metalloenzyme active sites involved in small molecule activation, especially the superoxide detoxifying enzymes like superoxide reductase (SOR, a non-heme…

Our research concerns the role and assembly of transition metal centers in metalloenzymes and metalloproteins. Metal centers constitute the active sites of at least one third of all enzymes and determining the assembly mechanism of metallocenters and the electronic and structural properties of metal centers that confer selective and specific…

The Klepov lab designs functional inorganic materials by tuning crystal and electronic structures for wide-ranging applications in radiation detection, magnetism, and sustainability. The lab focuses on addressing synthetic challenges that entangle technological advancements at the intersection of inorganic solid state chemistry, materials…

Organometallic Chemistry constitutes a branch of Chemistry that draws from traditional Inorganic Chemistry and Organic Chemistry. Consequently, this branch of Chemistry can address and solve particularly unique problems ranging from catalytic industrial production issues to the synthesis and fabrication of compounds and materials relevant to…

Research in the Salguero group focuses on hybrid materials that incorporate nanosheet components. Nanosheets are characterized as well-defined nanomaterials that are one to several monolayers thick and tens of micrometers in lateral dimensions. Examples of nanosheets include graphene, graphite oxide, metal chalcogenides (MoS2, NbSe2)…

The Wang Lab studies oxygen activation and C–H/C–C bond functionalization by metalloenzymes. 

Molecular oxygen is a powerful oxidant, but its reaction with ground-state singlet molecules is kinetically unfavorable due to its spin-forbidden nature. To harness the oxidizing power of oxygen and manipulate biomolecules, iron-containing…

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