Douglas Reed to join faculty

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Doug Reed

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Douglas Reed will join us as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry.

Dr. Reed received his B.A. in Chemistry and Physics from Harvard University in 2012. He was first introduced to inorganic chemistry by working with Professor Ted Betley, where he studied the electronic properties and coordination chemistry of multinuclear transition metal clusters. He then received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 2018 under the direction of Professor Jeff Long, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. There, he designed permanently porous materials known as metal–organic frameworks that contained highly reactive and coordinatively unsaturated metal centers. Using these unique sites, these materials can selectively bind gasses, activate small molecules, and undergo electronic phase transitions in order to perform industrially relevant processes in an energy efficient manner. He continued to do his postdoctoral work at Columbia University as a Columbia Nano Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow, studying with Professors Colin Nuckolls and Xavier Roy. He designed new ways to create structurally diverse semiconducting clusters with molecular definition and used these electronically active materials as nodes in precise single-molecule electronics for quantum device applications. Doug then moved to the University of Washington, where he is currently a Research Scientist in the Department of Chemistry.

Dr. Reed will start as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry in July 2022. His research program will broadly tackle critical problems by contributing to a more sustainable future. Specifically, the group will develop new porous materials that can be used in applications like environmental remediation and creating more efficient electronic devices. This work will be highly interdisciplinary and collaborative, utilizing elements from inorganic, materials, and organic chemistry. He is also excited to teach and develop undergraduate and graduate inorganic chemistry courses, and will include new material that stresses the importance of inorganic and materials chemistry in addressing pressing societal and environmental concerns.

For more information about Dr. Reed and his research, follow him on Twitter, visit his faculty page, research group website, or contact him by email.