Here at the University at Buffalo, we design new synthetic catalysts for environmentally friendly (green) chemical transformations. For those who don’t know, catalysts are like enzymes – they facilitate chemical reactions that otherwise will not occur on meaningful timescales or efficiencies. Our studies are focused on iron- and manganese-based catalysts because they are earth-abundant elements, and we aim to replace expensive and toxic catalysts that are currently in use. Additionally, Mn and Fe also have unique properties that sparked our interest and constitute the focus of some of our fundamental studies. The idea is that by gaining fundamental knowledge about Mn and Fe, we make progress toward improving our society through innovative, sustainable chemistry. Reactions we are interested in are atom and energy efficient processes like hydrogenations, aerobic oxidations, and water splitting.