Casey Wade Receives Grant from ACS Petroleum Research Fund

prf_figure_CWadeAssistant Professor of Chemistry Casey Wade has been selected to receive a Doctoral New Investigator grant from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund for his proposal, “Metal-organic Framework Supported Pincer Complexes: Investigation of the Effects of Site Isolation and Secondary Environment.” The two year grant will support the development of improved heterogeneous catalysts for the production of petroleum-derived commodity and fine chemicals.   Wade and coworkers plan to incorporate reactive transition metal catalyst sites into the well-defined 3-dimensional porous structure of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). While the porous MOF support can be used to tune and promote reactivity, the immobilization of catalytically active sites prevents undesired bimolecular decomposition pathways and facilitates catalyst separation, leading to greener and more sustainable catalytic processes.

Post written by Christine Thomas

Casey Wade to join Chemistry faculty

The Chemistry department is happy to announce that Dr. Casey Wade has accepted an offer for an Assistant Professor position in the Chemistry Department.

caseywadeCasey’s research interests are centered in synthetic inorganic chemistry, with a particular focus on inorganic/organic hybrid materials.  Casey’s appointment complements the department’s current strengths in the area of inorganic chemistry, and brings a new area of expertise to Brandeis in the area of materials synthesis, characterization and applications.  Casey graduated with a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Texas A&M University in 2011, where his doctoral work focused on the synergy between main group and transition metal elements in well-defined complexes designed for applications in anion binding.  He has been pursuing postdoctoral studies at MIT in the area of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). Casey’s research aims at Brandeis will focus on new materials for metal separations and catalyst design, including the incorporation of discreet catalytic centers into porous materials.

Casey will be starting his position at Brandeis in July, and is actively recruiting new graduate student and undergraduate researchers into his lab for the fall semester.

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