Prof. Kara L. Bren
Graduate Students & Postdocs
Research: I am investigating the catalytic mechanism of a macrocyclic iron complex using electrochemical methods. My goal is to synthesize derivatives of the complex as well as to couple electrochemistry with spectroscopy to get a clear picture of the reaction and deactivation pathways.
Research: Drawing on techniques from molecular biology and utilizing inorganic and physical chemistry, my research is intended to engineer proteins, predominantly cytochromes, for applications in photocatalytic hydrogen generation.
Research: I am currently working on a fully synthetic mini-protein catalyst for hydrogen generation using electrocatalysis and photocatalysis. Other projects also include protein engineering of bacterial and mitochondrial cytochromes c.
Research: My current research focusses on characterizing the electrochemical Hydrogen Evolution Reaction (HER) catalyzed by cobalt-peptides CoMP11-Ac and CoGGH. Cyclic Voltammetry is the cornerstone of my work to evaluate electrocatalysis. Mechanism elucidation will require me to run freeze-quench experiments to trap intermediates that can be characterized by spectroscopic techniques such as
Research: Working at the interface of inorganic and biological chemistry, I am currently investigating
Research: My current research focuses on using a simple biomolecule, cobalt
Research: My current research is focusing on
Research: My research focuses on the characterization of the catalytic complex formation in the photocatalytic hydrogen production system. Concentrating on electrochemical methods, I am exploring the activity of the catalytic complex in different conditions. Purification and subsequent employment of the catalytic complex in the photochemical system might contribute to a better understanding of the activity of catalytic species for