We are interested solving problems in energy and catalysis, which has led to four themes that are currently being investigated in the Heiden lab.
1. Switchable catalysis: We employ fluorescent dye molecules (focused on BODIPY molecules) to generate catalysts that exhibit switchable reactivity.
2. Redox-Active Main Group Compounds: This project aims to incorporate redox character into redox-inactive Lewis acids and bases to introduce new reactivity.
3. Electron Bifurcation: This project aims at understanding the phenomena of electron bifurcation at the molecular level, using inorganic model complexes.
4. Understanding the Energetics of Catalytic Reactions: This primarily computational project investigates the thermodynamics of chemical reactions and provides insight into the energetic landscape of catalytic transformations.