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    9747 AG Groningen


Personal profile

Research interests

The research of Prof. Wesley Browne is built on expertise in spectroscopy and electrochemistry to unlock the mechanisms by which molecular catalysts and functional materials work. The research line in oxidation catalysis focuses on developing new environmentally sustainable methods for the oxidation of organic compounds. Elucidating reaction mechanisms with spectroscopy and especially Raman spectroscopy is a core task. In this field we have developed several fundamentally new methods for highly effective alkene epoxidation and dihydroxylation as well as identified and characterised first in class examples of reactive intermediates of relevance to bioinorganic chemistry also. The research line on molecular based functional materials explores novel electrochemical and photochemically driven switching mechanisms enabling new materials applications. We work closely with industry on many projects and although fundamental in nature, the research in the group has shown direct application in commercial processes and products. By expanding our knowledge in reaction mechanisms and the functioning of catalysts and responsive materials, we also drive development of spectroscopic and spectroelectrochemical methods of wider relevance.

Education/Academic qualification

Chemistry, PhD, Photophysics and Photochemistry of Ruthenium(II) and Osmium(II) polypyridyl complexes, Dublin City University


Award Date: 2-Nov-2002

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