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The Man and His Vision

Professor James M. Mayer

Jim loves rollerblading.


  Dr. Elizabeth Mader

Dr. Mader is investigating the proton-coupled electron transfer properties of early metal nitrides and using X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) to characterize electrocatalytic complexes in situ.
  Dr. Todd Markle

Todd is studying proton-coupled electron transfer in various molecular systems.

Post Docs

  Dr. Bradley McKeown
(Sept. 2013 - )

B.S. 2008, University of TN at Chattanooga (chemistry)
Ph.D. 2013, Chemistry University of Virginia (T. Brent Gunnoe)

Brad is pushing the frontiers of science, researching noble metal catalysts for methane oxidation and non-platinum group metals for oxygen reduction.
Dr. Miriam Bowring
(Oct. 2013 - )
B.S. 2006, Yale University (chemistry)
Ph.D. 2013. UC Berkeley (Bergman and Tilley)

Miriam is studying multiple-site proton-coupled electron transfer using unimolecular organic model substrates.
Dr. Matthew Rigsby
(Dec. 2013 - )
Matt is developing molecular homogeneous and surface adsorbed copper water oxidation catalyst and studying the electrochemistry of TiO2 nanoparticles.
  Dr. Chih-Chin Tsou
(Mar. 2014 - )
B.S. 2005, National Tsing Hua University (chemistry)
M.S. 2007, National Tsing Hua University (Wen-Feng Liaw)
Ph.D. 2012.  National Tsing Hua University (Wen-Feng Liaw)

Dr. Tsou is interested in studying PCET reactivity of [TiO] clusters.
Dr. Mitsuhashi Ryoji
(Apr. 2014 - )
B.S. 2009, Okayama University (chemistry)
M.Sc. 2011, Okayama University (T. Suzuki)
Ph.D. 2014,  Okayama University (T. Suzuki)

Dr. Ryoji is interested in PCET reactions of TiO2 nanoparticles in organic solvent.


Graduate Students

  Tom Porter

B.S. 2009, Washington State University (chemistry)
5th year graduate student

Tom is interested in studying CPET in biomimetic heme models.

  Jessica Wittman

B.S. 2009, Montana State University (chemistry)
5th year graduate student

Jessica is studying proton-coupled electron transfer of ruthenium complexes with separation between the Ru redox center and the ligand basic site.

Miles Braten

B.S. 2008, University of San Francisco (chemistry)
4th year graduate student

Miles is looking into charging processes of metal oxide nanoparticles.

Carolyn Valdez

B.S. 2010, Caltech (chemistry)
4th year graduate student

Carolyn is interested in understanding ZnO nanocrystals from the perspective of a small molecule chemist and is studying their redox properties. 

Michael L. Pegis

Honors B.S. 2012, Western Washington University (chemistry ACS)
2nd year graduate student

Michael is interested in the design of molecular electrocatalysts for the reduction of oxygen to water

Jennifer Peper

B.A. 2012, Indiana University (chemistry)
2nd year graduate student

Jennifer is using TiO2 nanoparticles to perform 2-electron reductions.

Undergraduate Students

  Hayli Larsen

Junior at UW (chemistry, biochemistry)

Hayli is investigating multielectron transfers at ZnO nanocrystals.
Jessica Johnson

Junior at UW (chemistry)

Jessica is using stopped-flow kinetics to measure rate constants of ZnO nanoparticles.