The Solomon Laboratory

The Solomon lab uses both experimental and theoretical techniques to define the electronic and geometric structures of biologically- and catalytically-relevant transition metal sites.  Our goal is to use our understanding of electronic structure to obtain a detailed understanding of reactivity and function.

Our research utilizes a wide range of spectroscopic, theoretical, and chemical techniques to probe structure/function relationships, gain mechanistic insight, and address fundamental questions of relevance to chemistry and biology. The bioinorganic systems we study can be divided into five general areas:

Electron Transfer Sites

Copper Active Sites in Biology

Mononuclear Non-Heme Iron Enzymes: Structure/Function Correlation

Binuclear Non-Heme Iron Enzymes: Dioxygen Binding and Activation