C. Michael McGuirk
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
The McGuirk Lab will open its doors in the Summer of 2019, with a focus on interdisciplinary research at the interface of synthetic chemistry and materials science. Our work will address fundamental scientific challenges related to organic and hybrid materials, supramolecular assembly, and environmental sustainability, leveraging expertise in non-covalent interactions, structural order, and chemical reactivity to develop synthetic tools for the by-design construction and programmed destruction of functional materials. Through our fundamental efforts, we seek to move the needle on the chemical recycling of plastic waste, the storage and delivery of alternative fuels, and the expansion of base pairing in synthetic DNA. Students in the McGuirk Lab will be trained in synthetic organic/inorganic chemistry and the characterization of molecules and materials. Additional emphasis will be placed on students becoming independently creative and critically thinking scientists poised to tackle critical questions in science and society.
Students interested in materials and/or organic chemistry are encouraged to contact Prof. McGuirk.