Alexandra Brown

Hertz Fellow: Alexandra Brown
School

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Area of Study

Chemistry

Fellowship Years

2018 - present

Alexandra Brown is a graduate student in chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She grew up in Dublin, California and received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 2017.

As an undergraduate, she worked in Professor John Arnold's group studying titanium-aluminum heterobimetallics supported by bridging hydride ligands.

Her work expanded the classes of reactions these complexes are known to undergo and provided insight into titanium-doped aluminum hydrogen storage materials. This project led to her interest in understanding the often-complicated electronic structure of multimetallic complexes.

Alexandra began her graduate work at MIT in 2017 with Professor Daniel Suess. Her current research is focused on the reactivity and electronic structure of synthetic metal-chalcogenide clusters, with a particular interest in iron-sulfur clusters. In biological systems, these clusters catalyze synthetically challenging reactions such as the reduction of dinitrogen to ammonia. She is interested in understanding the mechanism of these reactions and in gleaning electronic structure information which may be used to rationally design new catalysts for carrying out these reactions industrially.

In her free time, she enjoys climbing and trying new recipes.