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.

● Synthesis of lanthanide complexes with redox-active ligands.

Students in the lab will have the opportunity to learn the following techniques and methods:





Spectroscopy Development



Density functional theory (DFT)
Complete active space self-consistent field (CASSCF)
Multiplet theory