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Christopher Graves

The group standing in front of a fumehood in the lab.

Department Overview

The Graves Research Group

Research at the Interface of Inorganic,
Organic & Green Chemistries

Research activities in the Graves group are devoted to the development of novel aluminum complexes for application as catalysts. We have a specific interest in the synthesis of aluminum complexes of redox-active ligands across various oxidation states. These complexes aim to expand the utility of aluminum in catalysis by enabling novel reaction profiles. The catalytic application of the aluminum complexes we prepare are guided by an understanding of the electronic structure and fundamental reactivity patterns of the compounds, as well as theory.

Herb, T. M.; Poitras, A. M.; Richardson, K. G.; Cole, B. E.; Bogart, J. A.; B. E.; Carroll, P. J.; Schelter, E. J.; Graves, C. R. “Synthesis and Characterization of Aluminum Nitroxide Complexes” Polyhedron 2016, 114, 194-199.

Yeagle, K. P.; Hester, D.; Piro, N. A.; Dougherty, W. G.; Kassel, W. S.; Graves, C. R. “Synthesis, Characterization, and Catalytic Activity of a Series of Aluminum-Amidate Complexes” Aust. J. Chem. 2015, 68, 357-365.

Cole, B. E.; Wolbach, J. P.; Dougherty, W. G.; Piro, N. A.; Kassel, W. S.; Graves, C. R. “Synthesis and Characterization of Aluminum-α-Diimine Complexes Over Multiple Redox States” Inorg. Chem. 2014, 53, 3899-3906.

Koellner, C. A.; Piro, N. A.; Kassel, W. S.; Goldsmith, C. R.; Graves, C. R “Synthesis and Characterization of Diimine Complexes of Group 13 Metals and Their Catalytic Activity Toward the Epoxidation of Alkenes” Inorg. Chem. 2015, 54, 7239-7141.

Herb, T. M.; Poitras, A. M.; Richardson, K. G.; Cole, B. E.; Bogart, J. A.; B. E.; Carroll, P. J.; Schelter, E. J.; Graves, C. R. “Synthesis and Characterization of Aluminum Nitroxide Complexes” Polyhedron 2016114, 194-199.

Poitras, A. M.; Bogart, J. A.; Cole, B. E.; Carroll, P. J.; Schelter, E. J.; Graves, C. R. “Synthesis and Characterization of Redox-Active Aluminum-Pyridyl Nitroxide Complexes” Inorg. Chem. 2015, 54, 10901–10908.

Koellner, C. A.; Piro, N. A.; Kassel, W. S.; Goldsmith, C. R.; Graves, C. R “Synthesis and Characterization of Diimine Complexes of Group 13 Metals and Their Catalytic Activity Toward the Epoxidation of Alkenes” Inorg. Chem. 201554, 7239-7141.

Cole, B. E.; Wolbach, J. P.; Dougherty, W. G.; Piro, N. A.; Kassel, W. S.; Graves, C. R. “Synthesis and Characterization of Aluminum-α-Diimine Complexes Over Multiple Redox States” Inorg. Chem. 201453, 3899-3906.

Poitras, A. M.; Bogart, J. A.; Cole, B. E.; Carroll, P. J.; Schelter, E. J.; Graves, C. R. “Synthesis and Characterization of Redox-Active Aluminum-Pyridyl Nitroxide Complexes” Inorg. Chem. 2015, 54, 10901–10908.

Koellner, C. A.; Piro, N. A.; Kassel, W. S.; Goldsmith, C. R.; Graves, C. R “Synthesis and Characterization of Diimine Complexes of Group 13 Metals and Their Catalytic Activity Toward the Epoxidation of Alkenes” Inorg. Chem. 2015, 54, 7239-7141.

Herb, T. M.; Poitras, A. M.; Richardson, K. G.; Cole, B. E.; Bogart, J. A.; B. E.; Carroll, P. J.; Schelter, E. J.; Graves, C. R. “Synthesis and Characterization of Aluminum Nitroxide Complexes” Polyhedron 2016, 114, 194-199.

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Group News

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  • June 2018: Audra is awarded a travel grant from the ACS DIC to attend the ACS meeting in Boston!

  • April 2018: Jacob and Audra's work on a gallium nitroxide complex was published in Inorganics!

  • March 2018: Mackinsie was awarded a Goldwater Fellowship!

  • March 2018: Henry's work on a series of redox-active Al-diimine complexes with tunable electronic properties has been accepted for publication in IC! Nice work Henry et al!

  • December 2017: New student Scout Clark, Lucas Heinzerling, and Judah Raab have joined the group. Welcome!

Funding Sources

We thank the following agencies for their generous support!

Research Corporation for Science Advancement