Chemistry Faculty

Christine Thomas

Christine Thomas

Associate Professor of Chemistry


Group Lab Site


Contact Information

781-736-2576
781-736-2516 FAX
thomasc@brandeis.edu


Office

Edison-Lecks 307


Mailing Address

Christine Thomas
Brandeis University
MS 015
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02454-9110


Degrees

Ph.D., California Institute of Technology


Profile

My research entails the synthesis of new ligands and transition metal complexes with the ultimate goal of uncovering new approaches to the catalytic activation and functionalization of small molecules and organic substrates. These types of processes are critical for the development of sustainable energy technology and for the catalysis of organic transformations.

Although I am interested in a number of different projects, the underlying theme for my research program is to examine the ways in which different components of a transition metal complex work together and how this cooperation affects the reactivity of the complex as a whole. Specifically, I am interested in examining the cooperation between

  1. two metal centers in bimetallic frameworks
  2. metal centers and non-innocent ligands

Although the primary focus of my research is synthesis, the research pursued by my group also entails a large variety of characterization techniques including multinuclear NMR, IR, UV-Vis and EPR spectroscopies, as well as magnetic and electrochemical measurements. In addition, theoretical investigations into the electronic structure and reactivity of particularly interesting transition metal complexes synthesized in my research group are studied using density functional theory (DFT) calculations.

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Selected Publications

Krogman J.P., Bezpalko M.W., Foxman B.M., Thomas C.M.* "Multi-electron redox processes at a Zr(iv) center facilitated by an appended redox-active cobalt-containing metalloligand."  Dalton Trans. 2016 Jun 21.

Wu B., Gramigna K.M., Bezpalko M.W., Foxman B.M., Thomas C.M.* "Heterobimetallic Ti/Co Complexes That Promote Catalytic N-N Bond Cleavage." Inorg Chem. 2015 Nov 16;54(22):10909-17.

Evers-McGregor D.A., Bezpalko M.W., Foxman B.M., Thomas C.M.* "N-heterocyclic phosphenium and phosphido nickel complexes supported by a pincer ligand framework." Dalton Trans. 2016 Feb 7;45(5):1918-29.

Krogman, J.P.; Foxman, B.M.; Thomas, C.M.* "Formation and Subsequent Reactivity of a N-2-Stabilized Cobalt-Hydride Complex." Organometallics. 2015, 34, 3159-3166.

Bezpalko, M. W.; Foxman, B. M.; Thomas, C. M.* “Use of Bidentate Ligand Featuring an N-Heterocyclic Phosphenium Cation (NHP+) to Systematically Explore the Bonding of NHP+ Ligands with Nickel.” Inorg. Chem. 2015, 54, 8717-8726.

Wu, B.; Bezpalko, M. W.; Foxman, B. M.; Thomas, C. M.* “A Heterobimetallic Complex Featuring a Ti-Co Multiple Bond and Its Application to the Reductive Coupling of Ketones to Alkenes.” Chem. Sci. 2015, 6, 2044-2049.

Kuppuswamy, S.; Bezpalko, M. W.; Powers, T. M.; Wilding, M. J. T.; Brozek, C. K.; Foxman, B. M.; Thomas, C. M.* “A Series of C3-Symmetric Heterobimetallic Cr/M (M = Fe, Co, Cu) Complexes.” Chem. Sci. 2014, 1617-1626.

Krogman, J. P.; Thomas, C. M.* “Metal-Metal Multiple Bonding C3-Symmetric Bimetallic Complexes of the First Row Transition Metals.” Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 5115-5127 (invited Feature Article for Emerging Investigators Special Issue).