The inorganic community at MIT is structured around six primary faculty members whose research interests cover the spectrum from physical-inorganic to synthetic inorganic, organometallic, and bioinorganic chemistry. Our students and faculty are involved in research programs that address problems in modern medicine and biology, energy storage and consumption, materials synthesis, photo- and electrochemical homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, transition metal and main group organometallic chemistry, and solid state and surface chemistry.
The facilities within the inorganic research laboratories are quite extensive and insure that research is not limited by the availability of instrumentation. In addition to well equipped analytical and preparative facilities which include a number of refrigerated dry boxes and high pressure apparatus, a variety of spectroscopic and electrochemical instrumentation is also available. Of particular note is the broad energy range covered by the spectroscopic facilities found in the inorganic laboratories (NMR and single crystal CCD detector, X-ray diffractometers, EPR, FTIR, IR, Raman and resonance Raman, fast and ultrafast laser, UV-Vis, Mössbauer, UV and X-ray photoelectron [ESCA] spectrometers).
The scope of our inorganic program provides a wide selection of thesis topics as well as a broadening graduate educational experience to be gained through exposure and access to many of the important areas of inorganic chemistry at the research level.