The Stieber Lab focuses on solving problems through complementary efforts in synthetic inorganic chemistry, spectroscopy and computational chemistry. Current directions in the group include:
● Expanding the scope of X-ray emission spectroscopy to allow for identification of small molecules (eg. NO, NO1-, NO2-) bound to transition metal centers. Results of this work will be applied to understanding how biological systems reduce and capture airborne pollutants. ● Synthesize novel first-row transition metal compounds for benchmarking spectroscopic signatures of small molecules bound to metal centers. ● Development of environmentally friendly first row transition metal catalysts for transformations such as C-C bond formation and polymerizations. ● Multiplet (Configuration Interaction) calculations of f-block systems and spectra to understand bonding with f-elements.