Dr. Martin Chin is interested in the synthesis of organometallic complexes for the activation and functionalization of small molecules. The area of research involves synthesizing and testing new binuclear catalysts for the activation and functionalization of small molecules. Professor Chin's research involves using a doubly linked dicyclopentadiene ligand with robust carbon linkers to hold the two metal centers next to each other. Professor Chin and his group have been able to synthesize the synthetically versatile ruthenium tetraacetonitrile complex that can then be used to make complexes that will be reactive enough to activate small molecules.
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