Brewster Lab Research

Research in the Brewster Lab is at the interface of organic and inorganic chemistry. We design transition metal-based catalysts for challenging, sustainable reactions of organic substrates. Auxiliary features within the second coordination sphere (not directly bound to the transition metal) of the catalyst framework are utilized to impart high selectivity.

Target reactions of interest include:

  1. Heterolytic activation of hydrogen for the hydrogenation of difficult-to-reduce organic substrates.
  2. Cooperative activation of CO2 for reduction and functionalization
  3. meta- and para- selective C-H activation and functionalization of substituted arenes
  4. Anti-Markovinkov hydroalkoxylation of olefins

Research endeavors are ongoing and constantly changing based on new results! Please check back for updates!