Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry: organometallic synthesis and catalysis
Organic Chemistry: organometallic synthesis and catalysis
Polymer Chemistry: polymer synthesis
Environmental & Green Chemistry: CO2 conversion
Energy & Catalysis
Research in the Tonks group is focused on designing new and practical organometallic catalytic transformations for the atom-economical synthesis of complex chemicals from simple feedstocks. We currently have three major research interests:
Using early transition metal catalysts for new redox reactions, and understanding how to access early transition metal redox manifolds.
Designing new reactions that incorporate carbon dioxide into versatile and inexpensive polyester polymers.
Exploring fundamental inorganic syntheses involving multimetallic and other potentially redox noninnocent regimes.
Our work involves a significant amount of organic, organometallic and inorganic synthesis, as well as detailed mechanistic studies. We regularly collaborate with theorists, organic chemists, and polymer chemists, with an eye toward translating our chemistry into practical, useful protocols.