The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry is delighted to announce that Osvaldo Gutierrez will join the faculty in June 2016 as an Assistant Professor in Organic Chemistry.
Osvaldo is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania in the laboratory of Marisa C. Kozlowski, where he is applying powerful computational and experimental tools towards the rational design of new catalysts and ligands for asymmetric transformation.
He earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2012 at the University of California, Davis under the guidance of Prof. Dean J. Tantillo, and B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemistry at UCLA under the guidance of Prof. Kendall N. Houk. His graduate research focused on the use of computational electronic structure methods to reveal mechanisms of catalytic processes. Osvaldo has 22 research publications and has been actively engaged in outreach programs to build diversity in the chemical sciences.
At the University of Maryland, Osvaldo will combine computational and experimental approaches to tackle challenging energy problems, and advance our understanding of organic/organometallic reaction mechanisms and biological systems. Key research areas in the Gutierrez group include (1) rational design of selective oxidation supramolecular catalysts, (2) the role of open-shell intermediates in transition metal and enzymatic catalysis, and (3) the development of predictive models of reactivity and selectivity of carbon-carbon and carbon-heteroatom bond transformations.
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