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Carrow to Join Faculty

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce that Brad P. Carrow will join the chemistry faculty this fall as assistant professor.

Carrow received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the direction of John Hartwig and completed post-doctoral studies at the University of Tokyo under the direction of Kyoko Nozaki. Since December 2011, he has been an assistant professor at the University of Tokyo.

A central theme of Carrow's research is the pursuit of sustainable, green methods for the synthesis of fine chemicals, materials, and biologically active compounds using transition metal catalysis. A major focus of this effort is the design and development of catalysts competent to rapidly and selectively functionalize unactivated carbon-oxygen or carbon-hydrogen bonds, particularly as it relates to sustainable chemical feedstocks such as lignocellulosic biomass. Additionally, Carrow is pursuing the synthesis of new materials by metal-catalyzed (co)polymerization of simple, renewable monomers. Carrow utilizes mechanistic studies to build knowledge of the structure and reactivity of the catalytic intermediates involved in these processes in order to productively manipulate catalyst function.