Research in the Huckaba group will focus on three main areas: biomimetic metal complexes, organic materials, and hybrid organic/inorganic materials to be used in sensors and devices.
Throughout the natural world, oxidation reactions are used by fungi and bacteria to break down otherwise unusable carbonaceous materials into usable food sources. Polysaccharide Monooxygenase (PMO), for instance, selectively oxidizes polysaccharides at pervasive glycosyl bonds. Particulate methane monooxygenase (pMMO) selectively oxidizes methane to methanol. In this research project, we will seek more accurate small-molecule mimics of oxidizing enzyme catalytic sites.Small Molecule Transformation
Organic materials lend our lives many conveniences, through wood and paper products, plastics, and even displays for TVs and tablets. In this line of research, organic materials will be designed and synthesized that self-assemble from solution into solids with useful properties, such as: charge conduction, selective sensing, or electricity generation.
Murray State University, Bachelors of Science in Chemistry with Honors (2011)
The University of Mississippi, Ph.D. in Chemistry (2015)
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2019)