Research Divisions

Physical Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry

The Zaleski group uses various steady-state and time-resolved spectroscopic methods to investigate the structure and kinetics of biologically relevant intermediates involved in enzyme and drug-related reaction mechanisms. This information is important for determining the pathways by which multistep biochemical reactions occur. In the synthetic chemistry front, the group is developing new design strategies to promote novel biochemical reactivity using excited-state photochemistry. Such efforts are also aided by nano-scale architectures for use as hybrid materials in optics, photo-magnetic switching, and nano-medicine applications beyond molecular domains.