New Faculty Commencing Sept 1, 2018
Kate Waldie hails from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, where she obtained a B.Sc. degree majoring in chemistry from the University of Victoria. Her undergraduate research on redox active ligands in the group of Professor Robin Hicks sparked her initial interest in electrochemistry. Kate then ventured south to California to attend graduate school at Stanford University under the guidance of Professor Robert Waymouth. For her Ph.D. thesis, Kate investigated transition metal hydride complexes for transfer hydrogenation and electrocatalysis. After completing her Ph.D. degree in 2016, she moved further south to join the group of Professor Clifford Kubiak as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California at San Diego. In the Kubiak Lab, she studied electrochemical CO2 reduction to liquid fuels using organic mediators and organometallic catalysts. Kate will begin her independent research career in Fall 2018 as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Rutgers University.
The Waldie Lab will focus on the development of metal complexes and functional materials with targeted reactivity and properties for energy storage and conversion. Our research program will combine synthetic inorganic and organometallic chemistry with electrochemistry and spectroscopic techniques to prepare, understand, and optimize these systems and their reactivity. Interested students are encouraged to contact Kate by email to learn more!