Neal Mankad

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    College: Liberal Arts and Sciences Department: Chemistry
    Title: Assistant Professor
    Office: 4178 SES Phone: x5-4990
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Our group designs inorganic and organometallic complexes capable of doing productive chemistry with typically-inert small molecules like CO2, N2O, H2, etc. The chemistry of these small molecules has implications in many areas, ranging from alternative energy conversion to environmental protection to chemical synthesis. Thorough understanding of the bonding and physical properties of our inorganic compounds allows us to rationally design complexes for these purposes.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 10

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Preferred major: Chemistry. Prerequisites: Knowledge of organic and inorganic chemistry. Minimum GPA: 3.5. Honors college students are welcome. Students entering their sophomore, junior, and senior years will be considered.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    Undergraduate researchers will develop individual projects under the mentorship of both a senior graduate student or postdoctoral researcher as well as the faculty supervisor. Much of the research will involve compounds that are highly sensitive to air and moisture, and so many specialized techniques will require mastery prior to students gaining full independence. In addition to laboratory hours, undergraduate researchers will be expected to attend regular group meetings to discuss research.

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