Research in the Figueroa Group centers on the design and synthesis of highly reactive and unusual transition metal complexes for applications ranging from alternative energy, small molecule activation (e.g. N2, CO2, CO) and synthetic organic methodology.

We employ a "bottom-up" approach to the design of molecular systems. Specific electronic structure attributes are first targeted, followed by the design and synthesis of supporting groups capable of providing access and stability to molecules featuring such attributes. We rely modern computational methods to predict targets of interest and a host of synthetic and spectroscopic techniques to effect their actuality and study their behavior.

We are currently focusing our efforts in two broad areas: