Professor Smith’s research involves the investigation of transition metal complexes as applied to chemical transformations. This work involves the synthesis, characterization and reactivity of metal-ligand multiple bonds, the development of new scaffolds for spin-state tuning and photomagnetism in low coordination environments and the design of complexes for energy-relevant catalysis.


  • Metal-ligand multiple bonds
  • Spin as a Design Element in Organometallic catalysis
  • Nitrogen Cycle Electrocastle

Research: Transition metal complexes as applied to chemical transformations

Research Area:

  • Environmental Science

Subject areas:

  • Synthetic and Mechanistic Inorganic Chemistry
  • Electrocatalysis
  • Catalysis
  • Energy
  • Synthesis
PhD, University of the Witwatersrand, 1996
BSc, University of the Witwatersrand