Contact Information

Office: WEL 4.420
Phone: 512-471-4456

Michael J. Rose

Assistant Professor, Faculty

Research Group

Rose Lab Page


BS, University of California Davis, 2000
Roche Biosciences, 2000-2002
PhD, University of California Santa Cruz, 2009
Postdoctoral Studies, California Institute of Technology, 2009-2012


2013 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award
2013 Ralph Powe Junior Faculty Award
2010-2012 NSF ACC-F Postdoctoral Fellow
2009-2010 CCI Solar Postdoctoral Scholar
2008 UCSC Chancellor's Dissertation Award


Center for Nano and Molecular Science

Center for Electrochemistry

Research Description

Research in the Rose Group investigates the role of inexpensive, earth abundant metals (mainly Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu) in providing a catalytic platform for chemical transformations broadly relating to energy and fuel generation. The group focuses on novel synthetic targets in inorganic chemistry, as well as the preparation and characterization of electrode/catalyst hybrid materials.


Research in the Rose Group is broadly divided along three lines of investigation:


1) Biomimetics: Over the course of 2 billion years, nature has developed finely tuned enzyme catalytic sites to activate many small molecules of interest to the energy community. Such molecules include dihydrogen (H2), methane (CH4), carbon dioxide (CO2). The Rose Group prepares synthetic active site mimics of these enzymes to model their structure and function. Techniques of interest include molecular synthesis, crystallography, and inorganic spectroscopy (EPR, UV/vis, FTIR).

2) Photoelectrode/Catalyst Hybrids: The study of using sunlight to generate chemical fuels has been termed "Solar Fuels". Within this paradigm, it is desirable to directly couple molecular catalysts to light-absorbing materials. Generating a stable photoelectrode/catalyst system involves developing solutions to fundamental problems in surface passivation, bond-breaking/making at the semiconductor surface, electron transfer and covalent catalyst attachment. Techniques of interest are molecular synthesis, cross-coupling reactions, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic layer deposition, and photoelectrochemistry.

3) Inverse Hard/Soft Interactions: High molecular weight metals in the late transition series are extremely rare in the earth's crust, and are therefore very expensive. These precious metals, however, make excellent catalytic centers for many catalytic transformations relevant to the world's current energy paradigm. Precious metals provide reliable (yet costly) entry to reactions such as H2 generation (Pt), CH4 activation (Rh, Au) and CO2 reduction (Re). In contrast, heavy main group V and VI elements are relatively abundant, and are in fact undesirable side products of industrial copper mining and H2SO4 generation.

Our group seeks to capitalize on some special properties of these under-utilized heavy-atom donors in conjunction with late, first-row transition metals (Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu). Techniques of interest include molecular synthesis, crystallography, and inorganic spectroscopy (EPR, UV/vis/NIR, SQUID, and NMR).

Representative Publications

1) L. Feng, V. M. Basile, R. T. Pekarek and M. J. Rose. "Steric Spacing of Molecular Linkers on Si(111) Photocathodes." ACS Appl. Interface and Surfaces. 2014, Accepted. DOI: 10.1021/am506244m

2) J. Seo, A. K. Ali and M. J. Rose. "Novel Ligand Architectures for Metalloenzyme Modeling: Anthracene-Based Ligands for Synthetic Modeling of [Fe]-Hydrogenase. Comments Inorg. Chem. 2014, 34, 103-113. DOI:10.1080/02603594.2014.961062

3) S. E. Lumsden, G. Durgaprasad, K. A. Thomas Muthiah and M. J. Rose. "Tuning Coordination Modes of Pyridine/Thioether Schiff Base (NNS) Ligands to Mononuclear Manganese Carbonyls." Dalton Trans. 2014, 43, 10725-10738. 2014, Accepted. DOI: 0.1039/c4dt00600c
4) Y. I. Cho, D. M. Joseph, M. J. Rose. "Criss-Crossed Dinucleating Behavior of an N4 Schiff Base Ligand: Formation of a mu-O2, mu-OH Dicobalt(III) Core via O2 Activation." Inorg. Chem. 2013, 52, 13298. DOI: 10.1021/ic402391f

5) O'Leary, L. E.; Rose, M. J.; Ding. T. X.; Johansson, E.; Brunschwig, B. S.; Lewis, N. S. "Heck Couplings of Small Molecules to Mixed Methyl/Thienyl Monolayers at Low Defect Density Si(111)." J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 10081.

6) Rose, M. J.; Gray, H. B.; Winkler, J. R. "Hydrogen Generation Catalyzed by Fluorinated Diglyoxime-Iron Complexes at Low Overpotentials." J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 8310.

7) Rose, M. J.; Betterley, N. M.; Oliver, A. G.; Mascharak, P. K. "Binding of Nitric Oxide to a Synthetic Model of Iron-Containing Nitrile Hydratase (Fe-NHase) and its Photorelease: Relevance to Photoregulation of Fe-NHase by NO." Inorg. Chem. 2010, 49, 1854.

8) Rose, M. J.; Betterley, N. M.; Mascharak, P. K. "Thiolate S-Oxygenation Controls Nitric Oxide (NO) Photolability of a Synthetic Iron Nitrile Hydratase (Fe-NHase) Model Derived from Mixed Carboxamide/Thiolate Ligand." J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 8340.

9) Rose, M. J.; Mascharak, P. K. "Photosensitization of Ruthenium Nitrosyls to Red Light with an Isoelectronic Series of Heavy Atom Chromophores: Experimental and Density Functional Theory Studies on the Effects of O-, S- and Se-substituted Coordinated Dyes." Inorg. Chem. 2009, 48, 6904.

10) Rose, M. J.; Fry, N. F.; Marlow, R.; Hinck, L.; Mascharak, P. K. "Sensitization of Ruthenium Nitrosyls to Visible Light via Direct Coordination of the Dye Resorufin: Trackable NO Donors for Light-Triggered NO Delivery to Cellular Targets." J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 8834.