Exploring New Ideas in Synthetic Chemistry, Catalysis, and Supramolecular Chemistry
Along the borders of traditional research areas there exists a great deal of room for new and exciting research. The Goal of the Gorden Group is to develop broad-ranging, state-of-the-art programs based on organic synthetic chemistry and inorganic coordination chemistry. This idea of interwoven research areas has been fundamental to our program since 2005. We seek to apply these to problems of fundamental interest and practical importance.
This leads us to two main areas of focus: the development of new selective actinide coordination ligands for use in sensors or waste remediation, and the development metal catalysts supported with heterocyclic ligands for improved reaction mechanisms, reduced wastes, and "green" or sustainable chemistry.
Current Areas of Study
Sensors and Extractants for Actinides
One proposal to limit greenhouse gas emissions is to increase the use of nuclear power; however, the potential for contamination of the environment remains a concern. This has inspired a resurgence of interest in actinide coordination chemistry (for example - Thorium, Uranium, Neptunium, and Plutonium). New ligands and materials will be required that can coordinate, sense, manipulate, and purify actinides for waste remediation and for use in decontamination and detection applications.