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Reactions: Ellen Matson

July 11, 2016

Prof. Matson"The Sceptical Chymist", a Nature Chemistry blog, recently featured Ellen Matson, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, in the blog's "Reactions" feature. Marshall Brennan, blog author, interviewed Prof. Matson asking things like, "What made you want to be a chemist?", and "When was the last time you did an experiment in the lab – and what was it?", as well as a few fun and personal questions such as, "Which historical figure would you most like to have dinner with – and why?".

When asked, "What are you working on now, and where do you hope it will lead?", Ellen answered:

"In my young research group, we are working on the synthesis and characterization of transition metal functionalized polyoxovanadate-alkoxide clusters. So far, we’ve been able to generate these compounds and study their electrochemical properties by cyclic voltammetry. We aim to develop a new class of three-dimensional, robust, redox-active reservoirs for first-row transition metals in an effort to facilitate multi-electron bond activation processes with earth abundant elements."

Please check out the complete interview at:

You can also find more information on Ellen, and her Research Group at:

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