Alexander T. Radosevich to Join the Department

Danielle Randall
March 29, 2016

Professor Alexander T. Radosevich, currently an Assistant Professor at Pennsylvania State University, will join the department as an Associate Professor in the coming months.  Alex received his B.S. from the University of Notre Dame, and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship here at MIT, he joined the faculty of Pennyslvania State University in 2010. 

Research in the Radosevich group centers on the invention of new homogeneous catalysts and reagents based on inexpensive and earth-abundant elements of the p-block. Specifically, the group has designed a class of phosphorus-based molecular catalysts with small frontier orbital energy gaps and dense spatial orbital array that make and break chemical bonds by catalytically cycling in the PIIIPV redox couple. Ongoing research pursuits are motivated by both a fundamental mechanistic interest in redox reactivity, as well as a practical need for new efficient and environmentally-friendly chemical processes.

Professor Radosevich's research program spans the areas of inorganic, organometallic, and organic chemistry, with a focus on synthesis and catalysis. Students and postdoctoral researchers joining the group can expect to develop a range of synthetic skills spanning these subdisciplines. By coupling synthetic expertise with rigorous training in the characterization of new compounds (including NMR, UV-Vis, IR, EPR, X-ray diffraction, and electrochemistry), new molecular entities with exciting and useful reactivities are anticipated.

The Department of Chemistry is thrilled to welcome Professor Radosevich to its faculty.