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. (Funded by University of Memphis Faculty Research Grant)
  2. Cooperative activation of CO2 for reduction and functionalization
  3. meta- and para- selective C-H activation and functionalization of substituted arenes (Funded by NIH Grant 1R21GM134339)

Research endeavors are ongoing and constantly changing based on new results! Please check back for updates or contact Dr. Brewster for more information!