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Thomas S. Teets

Dr. Teets

Thomas S. Teets
Assistant Professor

Postdoctoral Scholar, California Institute of Technology, 2012–2014
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012
B.S., Case Western Reserve University, 2007

Department of Chemistry
University of Houston
Houston, Texas 77204-5003

Office: 5023 - SERC
Phone: 832.842.9132

Research in the Teets group focuses on molecular inorganic chemistry and homogenous catalysis, targeting applications in renewable energy, fuels, and synthetic methodology. We are developing ligand platforms that allow for the systematic, post-synthetic tuning of a metal center’s redox properties and reactivity, which will be applied to topics in organometallic catalysis, electrocatalysis, and photochemistry. In addition, our group targets catalytic systems for upgrading and functionalizing hydrocarbon substrates, with an emphasis on aerobic transformations.

Our approach is to combine synthetic inorganic chemistry with thorough characterization of reaction thermodynamics and kinetics, providing us with an in-depth understanding of reaction mechanisms and permitting rational optimization of our targeted transformations. Please contact me if you are interested in joining our team or want to learn more about our work.