Thomas Teets

Hertz Fellow: Thomas Teets
School

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Area of Study

Chemistry; Inorganic Chemistry

Fellowship Years

2007 - 2012

Tom’s thesis is entitled Halogen-Elimination Photochemistry and Oxygen-Activation Chemistry of Late-Transition Metal Complexes, describing research performed in the area of inorganic chemistry in the laboratory of Professor Dan Nocera. Tom’s work made advances in the field of photocatalytic hydrogen production using single-component photocatalysts, and also unveiled mechanistic details of oxygen reduction and activation reactions of metal hydride complexes. In 2010, Tom received a Graduate Student Award from the International Precious Metals Institute, and in 2012 a Young Investigator Award from the American Chemical Society in recognition of his graduate research. Tom is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Caltech, working in the laboratory of Professor John Bercaw on homogenous catalysts for the conversion of synthesis gas into fuels and other value-added products.

Thesis:

2012 - Halogen-Elimination Photochemistry and Oxygen-Activation Chemistry of Late-Transition Metal Complexes