Bio-Inspired Catalysis

In both his graduate and postdoctoral work, Dr. Gang Fan has taken inspiration from biology to improve catalytic transformations. In his graduate work, he harnessed the inherent activity of an electroactive microbe (Shewanella oneidensis) to control living radical polymerization. In his postdoc, he has continued to develop novel catalytic platforms using the inherent activity of biomolecules to improve energy-relevant transformations. Together, his work has demonstrated the immense power of biomolecules as Nature’s synthetic organic chemists.