A former postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, San Diego, Charles Machan is researching ways to develop new inorganic complexes and materials which incorporate co catalytic moieties, non-covalent secondary sphere interactions, and substrate relays as catalysts. These efforts represent an opportunity to address the problems posed by diminishing petrochemical reserves, increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations, and the shift to renewable energy.
His postdoctoral work has been published in Inorganic Chemistry and the Journal of the American Chemical Society, among others. His current teaching interests are in the applications of group theory to the spectroscopy of molecular inorganic and organometallic coordination compounds.
Machan completed his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at Northwestern University (2012), where he served as president of the Alpha Gamma Chapter of Phi Lambda Upsilon, a chemistry honors fraternity. He also received Northwestern’s Edmund W. Gelewitz Award for Outstanding Senior Graduate Student. As an undergraduate student, he majored in chemistry and German at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also played football for four years as a defensive tackle.