Inorganic chemistry is the study of the structure, properties and reactions of compounds that contain elements other than hydrogen and carbon exclusively.
William Dougherty, Ph. D., conducts research in this area of chemistry. He is interested in the relationship between metal coordination environment and electrochemical properties. Oxidation and reduction processes commonly occur at metal sites allowing for catalysis of organic reactions that would be difficult or impossible in the absence of metals. Coordination compounds of first-row transition metals are synthesized and their electrochemical properties investigated through cyclic voltammetry (CV). The hope is to produce information for the rational design of metal-based catalysts with desired redox properties.