Research



Controlling electron transfer reactions to capture energy and produce chemical products of interest is the underlying theme of my research. Electrochemistry, redox chemistry, photochemistry, photophysics, chemical synthesis, and materials science all play a role in this effort. Several directions within this have emerged:

Past/present Research Efforts:
1. Organometallic copper hydride electrochemistry, redox chemistry, structural chemistry, and rearrangements that result from electron, proton, and/or hydride transfer.
References: Electron Transfer from Hexameric Copper Hydrides
Michael S. Eberhart, Jack R. Norton*, Ashley Zuzek, Wesley Sattler, and Serge Ruccolo
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135 (46), pp 17262-17265

Cationic Copper Hydride Clusters Arising from Oxidation of (Ph3P)6Cu6H6
Shuo Liu†, Michael S. Eberhart†, Jack R. Norton*, Xiaodong Yin, Michelle C. Neary, and Daniel W. Paley
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139 (23), pp 7685-7688

2. Stable organic chromophores for water oxidizing photoanodes
Reference:
Water Photo-Oxidation Initiated by Surface-Bound Organic Chromophores
Michael S. Eberhart†, Degao Wang†, Renato N. Sampaio, Seth L. Marquard, Bing Shan, M. Kyle Brennaman, Gerald J. Meyer, Christopher Dares, and Thomas J. Meyer*
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139 (45), pp 16248-16255

3. Directed transport of electrons and oxidizing equivalents to improve the efficiency and stability of water oxidizing photoanodes

Future Plans: 1. Achieving water splitting using low energy red photons 2. Using carbon dioxide as a substrate to produce pure products in light driven chemistry 3. Improving the redox stability of molecules for light driven water oxidation 4. Using cooperative metal catalysis for water oxidation catalysis