The Papish group does bioinorganic and organometallic chemistry in Tuscaloosa AL. Our aim is to mimic how nature controls reactivity by using hydrogen bonds or protonation/deprotonation to control reactivity. The best man made and natural catalysts (enzymes) use these methods to accelerate reactions. We have a strong interest in green chemistry and we aim to use these methods to develop new means of storing energy, performing organic transformations, and testing metal complexes as anti-cancer drugs. It is hoped that by mimicking enzymes we can better understand how enzymes work. Since we both design fancy organic ligands and study the metal complex chemistry of these ligands, our interests lie at the interface of organic and inorganic chemistry.
above – February 2016 group
above – summer 2014 group