Inorganic Synthesis and Spectroscopy. Inorganic chemistry provides an opportunity to meet many of the challenges associated with transforming the United States’ energy program and limiting greenhouse gas emissions. My current research considers how theories of chemical bonding can be leveraged to control the desirable physical properties inorganic compounds that are needed for development of sustainable and renewable energy sources. The work occurs primarily at the interface of coordination chemistry, materials science, and inorganic spectroscopy, and relies on innovative methods to synthesize and characterize compounds that are highly reactive or otherwise difficult to isolate and study. Design of new solid-state materials with desirable physical properties is derived from the unique characteristics of elements spanning the entire periodic table.