The Mayer Research Group at the University of Washington
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James M. Mayer
James M. Mayer was born in New York City in
His enthusiasm for inorganic chemistry started in
high school, and he began doing inorganic research with Professor Edwin Abbott
at Hunter College (CUNY) between high school and college.
Dr. Mayer was an undergraduate at Harvard
University from 1975-78, where he did research with Professor William Klemperer
on the visible spectrum of diffuse clouds in interstellar space.
He received his PhD in 1982 from the
California Institute of Technology for work with Professor John Bercaw on
organometallic chemistry of tantalum hydride complexes.
He then spent two years as a visiting
scientist in the Central Research Department of the DuPont Company.
In 1984, Dr. Mayer was appointed to the
faculty at the University of Washington where he is now Alvin L. and Verla R.
Kwiram Professor of Chemistry.
Among other awards, he has been named as a
Fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, as a Fellow of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science, and as a Fellow of the American
He has served as
chair of the American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry and
currently serves as an associate editor of the journal
Dr. Mayer’s research interests span coordination chemistry, catalysis and electrocatalysis, bioinorganic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, physical organic chemistry, electron transfer, and reactions of nanoscale materials. His focus is on discovering and understanding new reaction chemistry, particularly redox reactions that involve the making and breaking of chemical bonds and that are relevant to biological, industrial, energy, and environmental processes.