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Jun. 16, 2017 -Congratulations Seniors!

Three senior group members graduated this year after successful undergraduate careers! Brett Walker and Austin Goodson presented their G410 Senior Thesis research at the annual Honors Banquet, where they and Andrew Rejer were recognized for a number of awards. Austin accepted a position in industry, Brett will be attending medical school, and Andrew is moving on to pharmacy college. Congratulations to all!


Apr. 21, 2016 -Chemistry Honors Banquet Recognitions

Two of our senior students, John Rose and Tyler Barnes, presented their G410 Senior Thesis research at the honors banquet poster presentation. Additionally, Brett Walker, Andrew Rejer, and John Rose were recognized on the honor roll; John Rose was also recognized as one of the Class of 2016 Honors Program Students and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. These students also accepted a number of additional awards: Andrew, a Hutton Honors College Award, the Robert&Marjorie Mann Scholarship, and the William G. Roessler Scholarship; Brett, a Hutton Honors College Award, the Votaw Undergraduate Summer Research Scholarship, and the Francis&Mildred (Eckerty) Whitacre Scholarship; and John the James C. White Memorial Chemistry Scholarship. Congrats all!


Apr. 21, 2016 -Congratulations Dr. Caitlyn McGuire

Caitlyn defended her dissertation "Pollution Electrocution" on April 19. She will be moving to D.C. this summer as an ACS Congressional Fellow.


Apr. 16, 2016 -Congratulations Dr. Sean Bird

Sean successfully defended his dissertation "Catalytic Reduction of Secondary Alkyl Monohalides by Electrogenerated Ni(I)and Co(I) Salen at Carbon" on Tuesday, April 12.


Apr. 05, 2016 -Travel Awards

Congratulations to Caitlyn McGuire and John Rose for receiving ECS Student Travel Grants. They will both be presenting at 229th ECS Meeting in San Diego, CA.



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The Peters Group is a multidisciplinary, electrochemistry research group engaged in a variety of individual and collaborative efforts which can be classified into the broad areas of mechanistic organic, environmental, and biological electrochemistry.

Our research goals include
  1. practical electrosynthesis
  2. remediation of environmental pollutants
  3. discovery of new transition-metal catalysts
  4. development of new electrode systems such as polymer-coated electrodes, semiconductor electrodes, and modified platinum, palladium, and silver cathodes
  5. development of new media for electrochemistry such as room-temperature ionic liquids

Due to the diversity of on-going projects in our laboratory, group members develop skills in a wide range of synthetic and analytical techniques. Included among these are methods of organic and inorganic synthesis; electroanalytical techniques such as cyclic voltammetry and controlled-potential electrolysis; and analytical techniques such as HPLC, UV-Vis, NMR, GC-MS, ESR, ESI-MS, and HPLC-MS. Additionally, we employ a variety of specialized instrumentation, cells, and electrodes to perform more sophisticated electrochemical experiments.