Rachel Narehood Austin–Inorganic Chemistry
- Dana Chemistry Hall, Room 320
Ph. D, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1995 ; B.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1990
Rachel Narehood Austin is a bioinorganic chemist in the Department of Chemistry at Bates College in Lewiston ME. 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, especially those important in the global cycling of elements, and developing and characterizing heterogeneous catalysts that can be used for green chemistry, biofuels upgrading, or environmental remediation. A major emphasis of her current research is the development of a detailed picture of both the structures and mechanisms of the metalloenzymes that have evolved to catalyze the oxidation of alkanes. Funding for her lab has been received from NSF, NIH, HHMI, the Merck/AAAS research fund, Pfizer, DOE, and the Dreyfus Foundation in the form of a Henry Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award. She is the past chair (together with co-Chair Ariel Anbar) of the 2010 Environmental Bioinorganic Chemistry Gordon Research Conference and a current editorial board member of the journal Metallomics.
Please see Prof. Austin’s home page for more information.