Chemistry Seminar: "Modern Chemistry in Ancient Cofactors: Organometallic Reactions of Iron-Sulfur Clusters"

Originally from Spokane, WA, Daniel Suess graduated from Williams College in 2007 with a B.A. in Chemistry and English. In 2013, he obtained his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Caltech under the guidance of Prof. Jonas Peters. His thesis focused on employing metal–acceptor interactions to transform inert small molecules such as N2 and CO into reduced products. For his postdoctoral work, he joined the laboratory of Prof. R. David Britt at the University of California – Davis where he used EPR spectroscopy to address mechanistic questions in bioinorganic chemistry, with a particular emphasis on the biosynthesis of the [FeFe]-hydrogenase active site. In 2017 he joined MIT’s Department of Chemistry as an Assistant Professor where his research focuses on the functions of complex metallocofactors in biology.

"Modern Chemistry in Ancient Cofactors: Organometallic Reactions of Iron-Sulfur Clusters"

Iron–sulfur clusters are thought to comprise the active sites of over 100,000 metalloenzymes that perform a variety of challenging redox reactions. These reactions underpin the continually changing composition of the biosphere, the proliferation of life, and health and disease. My seminar will discuss our studies of how the physical properties of iron-sulfur clusters impart their remarkable reactivity. In particular, I will demonstrate how advances in the coordination chemistry of both biogenic and synthetic iron–sulfur clusters can yield new insights into their biological functions. 


Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 4:15pm to 5:00pm

Biology, 19
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

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