Nilay Hazari

Associate 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 crystallography, isotopic labelling studies and computational chemistry are used to characterize compounds and investigate reaction mechanisms. In addition, the Hazari group collaborates with Professor André Taylor’s group in the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department at Yale to incorporate small organic and organometallic molecules into Carbon Nanotubes and Organic Photovoltaics.

More specifically, projects in the group relate to: (1) the development of catalysts for the hydrogenation of carbon dioxide into formic acid and methanol and the reverse dehydrogenation of formic acid and methanol into carbon dioxide and hydrogen; (2) the design and synthesis of catalysts for the incorporation of carbon dioxide into organic molecules; (3) understanding the pathways of activation for well-defined Ni and Pd precatalysts for cross-coupling and the synthesis of new precatalysts for cross-coupling; (4) the development of small organic and organometallic molecules to dope Carbon Nanotubes for applications in electronics; and (5) the synthesis of dye molecules which can participate in Förster Resonance Energy Transfer in Organic Photovoltaics. In most of the Hazari groups’ research computational chemistry is used to support experimental observations.

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

Selected as a 'Rising Star' by the 41st International Conference on Coordination Chemistry, 2014
Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award, 2014
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, 2013
Organometallics Fellow (from the American Chemical Society Journal Organometallics), 2012
National Science Foundation Career Award, 2012
Rhodes Scholarship for New South Wales, 2003

Recent Publications
Li, X.; Huang, J.-S.; Nejati, S.; Huang, S.; Osuji, C. O.; Hazari, N.; Taylor, A. D. 'Role of HF in Oxygen Removal from Carbon Nanotubes: Implications for High Performance Carbon Electronics.' Nano Lett. 2014, 14, 6179-6184. Selected as a Science and Technology Concentrate in Chemical & Engineering News.

Bielinski, E. A.; Lagaditis, P. O.; Zhang, Y.; Mercado, B. Q.; Würtele, C.; Bernskoetter, W. H.; Hazari, N.; Schneider, S. 'Lewis Acid Assisted Formic Acid Dehydrogenation Using a Pincer Supported Iron Catalyst.' J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 10234-10237.

Suh, H.-W.; Guard, L. M.; Hazari, N. 'A Mechanistic Study of Allene Carboxylation with CO2 Resulting in the Development of a Pd(II) Pincer Complex for the Catalytic Hydroboration of CO2.' Chem. Sci. 2014, 5, 3859-3872.

Li, X.; Guard, L. M.; Jiang, J.; Sakimoto, K.; Huang, J.-S.; Wu, J.; Li, J.; Pokhrel, R.; Brudvig, G. W.; Ismail-Beigi, S.; Hazari, N.; Taylor, A. D. 'Controlled Doping of Carbon Nanotubes with Metallocenes for Application in Hybrid Carbon Nanotube/Si Solar Cells.' Nano Lett. 2014, 14, 3388-3394.

Hruszkewycz, D. P.; Balcells, D.; Guard, L. M.; Hazari, N.; Tilset, M. 'Insight Into the Efficiency of Cinnamyl Supported Precatalysts for the Suzuki-Miyaura Reaction: the Observation of Pd(I) Dimers with Bridging Allyl Ligands During Catalysis.' J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 7300-7316.

Nova, A.; Suh, H.-W.; Schmeier, T. J.; Guard, L. M.; Eisenstein, O.; Hazari, N.; Maseras, F. 'An Unusual Example of Hypervalent Si: A Five-coordinate Silyl Group Bridging Two Pd or Ni Centers through a Non-symmetrical Four-center Two-electron Bond.' Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 1103-1108.

Huang, J.-S.; Goh, T.; Li, X.; Sfeir, M.; Bielinski, E. A.; Tomasulo, S.; Lee, M. L.; Hazari, N.; Taylor, A. D. 'Polymer Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells Employing Förster Resonance Energy Transfer.' Nat. Photonics 2013, 7, 479-485. This article was highlighted in: Dastoor, P. C. 'Solar Paint: Harvesting Light' Nat. Photonics 2013, 7,425-426.


Research Interests