Professor Rachel Austin
Rachel is a bioinorganic chemist in the Department of Chemistry at Bates College. She joined the faculty in 1995 after completing a Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Her laboratory has a longstanding interest in understanding the mechanisms of metalloenzymes, and works in many related areas:
- metalloenzymes important in the global cycling of elements
- developing and characterizing heterogeneous catalysts for green chemistry or environmental remediation
- understanding structures and mechanisms of metalloenzymes that oxidize alkanes
Rachel has secured research funding from the NSF, NIH, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Merck/AAAS research fund, Pfizer, DOE, and the Dreyfus Foundation in the form of a Henry Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award. She is also past chair (together with Ariel Anbar) of the Environmental Bioinorganic Chemistry Gordon Research Conference.