Thomas Gianetti*

Associate Professor
Accepting Students

Degrees and Appointments

  • B.S and M.Sc., 2009, CPE Lyon, France
  • Ph.D., 2014, University of California, Berkeley
  • Postdoctorate Fellow, 2014 - 2017, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
  • Assistant Professor, 2017 - 2023, University of Arizona
  • Associate Professor, 2023, University of Arizona

Specialties: Photocatalysis, Catalyst design, Energy storage, Chemical Reaction Dynamics/Kinetics/Interactions, Energy Science, Spectroscopy/Molecular Structure, Synthesis/Synthetic Methods Development

Research Group Web Page

Research Description

Our research centers around the development of a new chemical structure platforms that has enabled new advances in: 1) chemical catalysis for photoinduced chemistry, 2) ligand frameworks for organometallic chemistry, and 3) next generation solution phase electrode materials for batteries. More precisely, our program revolves around the synthesis and use of fused heterocyclic stable carbocations that can act as Lewis acids, Lewis acidic ligands for metal complexes, photocatalysts for bond formation and cleavage, or electrolytes for redox flow batteries that can be used as energy storage.

Students in my group will receive rigorous training in organic and inorganic synthesis, air-sensitive organometallic synthesis and in solid-state synthetic methods, along homogenous, photo and electro catalysis. A broad range of physical methods will be used and learned by the members of my team, including single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and multinuclear NMR, UV/vis, IR, EPR, and as well as cyclic voltammetry. Read more.