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Life Sciences & Bioengineering Center, 3027
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Marion H. Emmert

When I graduated high school, I had no idea that I would be a chemist. After my decision to not become a piano player, I planned on graduating with a degree in biotechnology. But soon, I realized that I was fascinated by the combination of thinking and experimenting that is a chemist's daily task - and WPI's motto "theory and practice". To this day I enjoy working in the laboratory and testing my theories through experiments.

My group explores challenges in the area of organometallic catalysis with the goal to make chemical reactions more atom- and energy-efficient. Considering shrinking petroleum-based supplies of raw materials for producing fuels, materials, and medicines, I am convinced that catalysis is one of the major technologies of the future; catalysis can help us to use sparse resources more efficiently, and will contribute to finding a substitute for petroleum as basic resource for "every-day" chemicals like detergents, plastics, and fuels.

My favorite part of teaching is interacting with students, especially during problem-solving sessions or student presentations. I believe that developing the ability to recognize scientific problems, and finding ways to address and solve these problems are the most crucial skills of a scientist; therefore, I relish opportunities to discuss laboratory results with my students. I feel that such discussions provide the perfect opportunity to learn as a team and from each other.

Research Interests

  • Solar Fuels
  • C-H Amination
  • Waste-Free Chemical Processes


  • Diploma (Masters), Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet Freiburg, Germany
  • Dr. rer. nat. (PhD), Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster, Germany

Featured Publications

  • Emmert, M. H.; Cook, A. K.; Xie, Y. J.; Sanford, M. S. Remarkably High Reactivity of Pd(OAc)2/Pyridine Catalysts: Nondirected C-H Oxygenation of Arenes, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 9409-9412.
  • Emmert, M. H.; Gary, J. B.; Villalobos, J. M.; Sanford, M. S. Platinum and Palladium Complexes Containing Cationic Ligands as Catalysts for Arene H/D Exchange and Oxidation, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 5884.
  • Emmert, M.; Kehr, G.; Fröhlich, R.; Erker, G. Facile Cyclometalation Reactions of Cp-Zirconium Complexes with Weakly Lewis Acidic Pendent Boron Functionalities, Chem. Eur. J. 2009, 15, 8124.
  • Emmert, Marion, Synthese und Reaktivität von Zr-Komplexen mit Cp3-Ligandgerüst, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany, Dissertation, (March 2009).
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Professional Highlights

  • DFG (German Research Council) Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2009-2010
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