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Mir Bowring is an assistant professor of chemistry at Reed College. They hold a B.S. in chemistry from Yale University, and they carried out undergraduate research in catalysis with Marisa C. Kozlowski at the University of Pennsylvania, Gregory C. Fu at MIT, and Robert H. Crabtree at Yale. After working as a high school chemistry teacher and athletic coach, they earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, working with Robert G. Bergman and T. Don Tilley to develop and study platinum-catalyzed hydrocarbon activation reactions. At Berkeley, they worked with the nonprofit Community Resources for Science and served on the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on LGBT Community. Mir was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at both Yale University and University of Washington, where they worked with James M. Mayer and collaborators to observe activationless multiple-site concerted proton-electron tunneling. They arrived at Reed in 2016. Their undergraduate research group trains students to study mechanisms in organometallic catalysis, with particular focus on large isotope effects and environmental contaminants in catalysis.
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