Machan Research Group

Inorganic chemistry focused on catalysis related to energy, electrochemistry, spectroelectrochemistry, and materials chemistry



Fall 2019 CHEM4320 Video Highlights

Sun, 12/08/2019



Shelby Receives ACS Women Chemists Travel Award

Wed, 11/20/2019

Congratulations to Shelby Hooe, who received the ACS Women Chemists Travel Award sponsored by Eli Lilly and Co. to support her attendance of the 260th ACS National Meeting in Philaelphia, PA!


Welcome Isobel!

Mon, 08/26/2019

Isobel Thomas, a visiting Master's student from the University of Bath, has joined the group for the year. Welcome Isobel!


Machan Group at 2019 GRC on Organometallics

Fri, 07/12/2019

Charles attended and gave a talk at the 2019 GRC on Organometallic Chemistry at Salve Regina University, RI on "First-Row Transition Metal Complexes for the Electrocatalytic Reduction of CO2 and O2".

Thanks to Al Barney (Strem Chemical) and Mitch Smith (Michigan State University) for organizing a wonderful conference!


Charles Attends the 23rd ACS Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference

Tue, 06/11/2019

Charles attends the 23rd Annual ACS GCANDE Conference in Reston, VA to give a talk on 'Developing Molecular Electrocatalysts and Scalable Systems for Renewable Fuels'.

The talk was for a session on CATALYSIS FOR CO2 CONVERSION organized by Gonghu Li, University of New Hampshire, and Jonathan Rochford, University of Massachusetts Boston.

Thanks Gonghu and Jonathan!


2019 CVIS

Charles Attends CVIS 2019

Sat, 04/13/2019

Charles attended the 2019 Cyclic Voltammetry International School at the Université Paris Diderot (soon to be the Université de Paris) from April 8-12. It was a wonderful week of lectures and practicals! Good luck to all the participants in the future!

2019 Pittcon Badge

Machan Group at Pittcon 2019

Wed, 03/20/2019

Charles attended Pittcon 2019 in Philadelphia, PA to preside over and speak in an organized session on the 'Molecular Catalysis of Carbon Dioxide Reduction from Renewable Energy'. Other spearkers included Jenny Yang (UC Irvine), Marc Robert (Paris Diderot), Aaron Appel (PNNL), and Gerry Manbeck (Brookhaven). Thanks to all the speakers!

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2019 GRC on Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms

Fri, 03/15/2019

Charles and CC attended the 2019 GRC on Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms in Galveston, TX to present posters. Charles was also selected for a poster talk! Thanks to Tim Warren and Jen Love for a wonderful conference!


2018 Fall CHEM 4320 Videos

Thu, 12/13/2018

Some highlights from Fall 2018 Chem 4320 Webcast Videos!

Thanks for a fun semester!




Welcome Jillian, Connor and Tie!

Thu, 12/06/2018

Welcome to new graduate student lab members Jillian, Connor and Tie!

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Charles Attends 43rd ICCC Meeting in Sendai, Japan

Sat, 08/04/2018

Charles attended the 43rd International Conference on Coordination Chemistry in Sendai, Japan as an Invited Speaker in a session he co-organized with Prof. Hitoshi Ishida from Kitasato University.


Charles Attends the GRC on Organometallics

Fri, 07/13/2018

Another excllent conference from 07/08 to 07/13 organized by Chair Christine Thomas and Vice Chair Al Barney. Seafood and science!


Collaboration with the Matson Group Published!

Sat, 06/30/2018

Our collaboration with the Matson Group (and Neidig!) has been accepted to Chemical Science! Congratulations to Asa and everyone else involved. Click through if you're interested in characterization of a molecular cluster with bound NO in five different oxidation states.

PCET 2018

Machan Group Attends PCET 2018

Fri, 06/15/2018

Asa, Shelby, and Charlie attended the 3rd International Conference on Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer in Blowing Rock, NC (June 10-14). All presented posters and Charles gave a talk entitlted "PCET Reactions of Metal Complexes with Proton-Responsive Ligands in Small Molecule Activation". 

Many thanks to Jillian Dempsey and all the other organizers for a wonderful conference!!!


Lauren's Paper Published!

Wed, 04/11/2018

Lauren's paper, Electrochemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide with a Molecular Polypyridyl Nickel Complex​, has been published in Sustainable Energy & Fuels. Thanks to Arnie Rheingold for help with the single crystal X-ray diffraction studies!

Scorpionate PCET

Collaboration with Harman Group Published

Wed, 03/21/2018

In collaboration with the Harman Lab, we have published a paper entitled "Reversible Modulation of the Redox Characteristics of Acid-Sensitive Molybdenum and Tungsten Scorpionate Complexes" in Dalton Transactions. Congratulations to everyone on a productive collaboration! IR-SEC, DFT, thermochemical cycles and more!


Dedicated Large-Scale Electrolysis Station Installed!

Mon, 01/29/2018

A dedicated workstation for large-scale electrolysis experiments has been installed in the lab! A BIologic VSP Bipotentiostat with two 20A/20V boosters ("Indra") is co-located with a dedicated Agilent 7890B GC ("Airavata") for testing and scaling paired electrolysis reactions.

Department of Chemistry

Welcome CC!

Thu, 09/14/2017

Dr. Changcheng 'CC' Jiang has joined the group as a postdoctoral researcher. He completed his graduate work under the supervision of Malcolm Chisolm and Claudia Turro at The Ohio State University. Welcome CC!

SERC Announcement

Solar Energy Research Center Conference

Wed, 08/16/2017

Charles will be speaking at the Solar Energy Research Center Conference in Charlotte, NC on November 9th, 2017. Thanks to Alex Miller and Jillian Dempsey for organizing!


Welcome Lauren and Brittany!

Wed, 06/28/2017


Welcome to summer researchers Lauren and Brittany! Brittany is a rising 4th year at UVA who is continuing research from the past year and Lauren is an incoming graduate student.



Brittany Huffman


Lauren Lieske


Stopped-Flow Installed and IR-SEC Cell Complete

Wed, 03/01/2017

TgK Stopped-Flow Dual-Mixing UV-Vis and Single-Mixing IR with Cryo Temperature Capability

Custom-Built FTIR Reflectance Spectroelectrochemical Cell


Solvent System is Operational!

Wed, 01/18/2017
Sayanti Chatterjee

Welcome Sayanti!

Wed, 01/18/2017

Sayanti Chatterjee has joined the lab as a postdoctoral researcher. She earned her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry under the supervision of Professor T. K. Paine at the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science in 2016. Welcome Sayanti!