Nilay Hazari

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Member of Yale faculty since 2009

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Research Research in the Hazari group involves synthetic inorganic and organometallic chemistry, with an emphasis on reaction mechanisms and catalysis. The long term goal of most projects is to develop homogeneous transition metal catalysts for chemical transformations, which could result in the development of more energy efficient and affordable industrial processes. Furthermore, we believe that it is important to understand reaction mechanisms as this can play a crucial role in improving catalysts. A variety of techniques including multinuclear NMR spectroscopy, IR and UV-Visible spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, X-ray crystal diffraction and isotopic labelling studies are used to characterize compounds and investigate reaction mechanisms.

More specifically, projects in the group relate to (1) the development of catalysts for the coupling of carbon dioxide with olefins, for example the coupling of ethylene and carbon dioxide into acrylic acid, or propylene and carbon dioxide into methylacrylic acid; (2) the preparation of new tri and tetradentate ligands which incorporate N-heterocyclic carbene donors for small molecule activation and olefin polymerization; and (3) the synthesis and study of stoichiometric and catalytic reactions of Group 3 and lanthanide complexes which contain metal-ligand multiple bonds. In most research computational chemistry will be used to support experimental observations.

B.S. University of Sydney, 2002
M.S. University of Sydney, 2003
D.Phil. University of Oxford, 2006
Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology, 2006-2009

Rhodes Scholarship for New South Wales, 2003
University of Sydney Postgraduate Award, 2003
University of Sydney Honours Scholarship for Academic Merit, 2002
G.S. Caird Scholarship in Chemistry at the University of Sydney, 2001

Recent Publications
Bercaw, J. E.; Hazari, N.; Labinger, J. A.; Oblad, P. F. 'C-H Bond Activation by [{(Diimine)Pd(μ-OH)}2]2+ Dimers: Mechanism-Guided Catalytic Improvement.' Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 9941-9943.

Bercaw, J. E.; Hazari, N.; Labinger, J. A.; Scott, V. J.; Sunley, G. J. 'Selected Methylative Homologation: An Alternate Route to Alkane Upgrading.' J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 11988-11995.

Williams, T. J.; Caffyn, A. J. M.; Hazari, N.; Oblad, P. F.; Labinger, J. A.; Bercaw, J. E. 'C-H Bond Activation Mediated by Air-Stable [(diimine)MII(μ2-OH)]22+ Dimers (M = Pd, Pt).' J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 2418-2419.

Bercaw, J. E.; Diaconescu, P. L.; Grubbs, R. H.; Hazari, N.; Kay, R. D.; Labinger, J. A.; Mehrkhodavandi, P.; Morris, G. E.; Sunley, G. J.; Vagner, P. 'The Conversion of Methanol to 2,2,3-Trimethylbutane (Triptane) over Indium (III) Iodide.' Inorg. Chem. 2007, 46, 11371-11380.

Brayshaw, S. K.; Green, J. C.; Hazari, N.; McIndoe, J. S.; Marken, F.; Raithby, P. R.; Weller, A. S. 'Storing and Releasing Hydrogen with a Redox Switch.' Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2006, 45, 6005-6008.

Summerscales, O. T.; Cloke, F. G. N.; Hitchcock, P. B.; Green, J. C.; Hazari, N. 'Reductive Cyclotrimerization of Carbon Monoxide to the Deltate Dianion by an Organometallic Uranium Complex.' Science 2006, 311, 829-831.


Research Interests