We are combining spectroscopy, theory, and bioinorganic chemistry to study biologically relevant energy conversion reactions.

Our research centers on the study of metalloenzymes that carry out valuable reactions relevant to alternative energy sources and clean energy storage. Using nature as inspiration, we seek to harness the advantages of bioinorganic platforms while overcoming the limitations of fragile multimeric protein systems. Our projects utilize a diverse array of scientific tools, from wet chemistry—molecular biology, chemical synthesis, and metalloprotein design—to spectroscopy—steady state and time-resolved optical techniques along with visible and ultraviolet resonance Raman spectroscopy—to quantum chemical and MD calculations. Obtaining molecular-level insight into the mechanisms of catalysis will guide our design of increasingly efficient and robust catalysts for application.


The Shafaat Group research is generously supported by the following agencies and sponsors.

The Shafaat Group is committed to diversity in all forms and recognizes that a diverse group performs better science, creates a more inclusive environment, and will improve the future of chemistry.

To Support and Increase Diversity, We Pledge to Pursue the Following Actionable Items

  • To be cognizant of who we are citing and from what journals
  • To attend lectures hosted by the NoBCChe and SACNAS organizations at OSU
  • To be involved in programs, such as the Breakfast of Science Champions, that foster scientific inquiry among underrepresented populations at the K-12 levels
  • To use our voices to suggest diverse seminar speakers who reflect what the future composition of the field should look like 
  • To set aside a monthly Paper of the Week Pick to focus on research examining equity and social issues associated with STEM