Louise Berben, Associate editor
University of California Davis, USA
I am an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of California Davis. I was born in Sydney, Australia, and received a Bachelor of Science degree with 1st class honors from The University of New South Wales in 2000, and in 2005 was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley (Advisor: J. R. Long). Between 2006 and 2009 I was a Postdoctoral Associate at CalTech and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Advisor: J. C. Peters).
My research program spans synthetic and physical inorganic chemistry with a primary emphasis on synthesis of new transition metal and main group molecules with unusual electronic structures, which support electron and proton transfer reactions, and the generation and reaction of hydride with small molecules such as CO2 and N2. Recent work includes electrocatalytic reduction of CO2 to formate in neutral water, including thermochemical and kinetic investigations that explain the selectivity of the C-H bond formation event. Honors and awards include Chemical Communications Emerging Investigator Lectureship (2013), Organometallics Young Investigator Fellowship (2014), Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2014), and Kavli Fellow (2015).