Michael Rose

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry

Synthetic Bio-Inorganic Chemistry, Solar Fuels Energy Conversion, Heavy Main Group

Phone: 512-471-4456

Office Location
WEL 4.420

Postal Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Chemistry Department
2506 Speedway STOP A5300
Austin, TX 78712

B.S., University of California Davis (2000)
Roche Biosciences (2000-2002)
Ph.D., University of California Santa Cruz (2009)
Postdoctoral Studies, California Institute of Technology (2009-2012)


Prof Rose joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at UT Austin in the Fall of 2012. His primary interests span several projects in the fields of synthetic inorganic chemistry.

Mike graduated from University of California, Davis in 2000 and proceeded to work in industry for two years at Roche Biosciences (Palo Alto, CA). While at UC Davis and Roche, he developed an interest in the molecular and functional aspects of enzymology and G-protein coupled receptors.

Upon matriculating to graduate school at UC Santa Cruz for biochemistry, Mike continued his interest in enzymes but gained a new interest in bio-inorganic chemistry – in particular metalloenzymes. He joined the research group of Prof Pradip Mascharak, and worked on synthetic modeling of iron-containing Nitrile Hydratase (Fe-NHase), which contains unique motifs in iron-sulfur and iron-carboxamide bonding. His graduate research also focused on the development of novel ruthenium-based nitric oxide (NO) carriers for photodynamic cancer therapy, sensitized with visible light chromophores.

In 2009, Mike was appointed a postdoctoral fellowship funded by the Solar Fuels Center for Chemical Innovation (NSF), headed by PI’s at Caltech and MIT. He performed research under the guidance of Profs Harry Gray and Nate Lewis, and in 2010 was awarded an NSF ACC-F postdoctoral fellowship. At Caltech, he developed a new iron-based hydrogen electrocatalyst derived from a perfluorinated ligand. He also developed an interest in merging synthetic chemistry with semiconductor surface chemistry, in particular the attachment of molecular species to silicon surfaces.

In 2012, Mike joined the faculty at UT Austin and has established his research group in the areas of synthetic bio-inorganic chemistry, solar fuels & semiconductor functionalization, and heavy main group/1st row metal interactions.


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) Bio-Inorganic Active Site Mimetics: 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).

Rose Group publications

19. H. J. Kim, K. L. Kearney, L. H. Le, Z. J. Haber, A. A. Rockett and M. J. Rose. Charge-Transfer through Ultrathin Film TiO2 on n-Si(111) Photoelectrodes: Experimental and Theoretical Investigation of Electric Field-Enhanced Transport with a Non-Aqueous Redox Couple. J. Phys. Chem. C 2016, Accepted. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b08096

18. Y. I. Cho, M. L. Ward and M. J. Rose. Substituent Effects of N4 Schiff Base Ligands on the Formation of Fluoride-Bridged Dicobalt(II) Complexes via B–F Abstraction: Structures and Magnetism. Dalton Trans. 2016, 45,13466-13476. DOI: 10.1039/C6DT02104B

17. T. A. Manes and M. J. Rose. Mono- and Di-nuclear Manganese Carbonyls Supported by 1,8-Disubstituted (L = Py, Ar-SMe, Ar-SH) Anthracene Ligand Scaffolds. Inorg. Chem. 2016, 55, 5127-5138. DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.5b02737

16. O. M. Williams, J. Shi and M. J. Rose. Photoelectrochemical Study of p-GaP(100)|ZnO|AuNP Devices: Strategies for Enhanced Electron Transfer and Aqueous Catalysis. Chem. Commun. 2016, 9145-9148. DOI: 10.1039/C6CC00703A

15. D. R. Redman, H. J. Kim, K. J. Stevenson and M. J. Rose. Photo-Assisted Electrodeposition of MoSx from Ionic Liquids on Organic-Functionalized Silicon Photoelectrodes for H2 Generation. J. Mater. Chem. A. 2016, Accepted. DOI: 10.1039/c5ta09684g

14. L. V. Taylor, U. H. Soto, V. M. Lynch and M. J. Rose. Antimony-Supported Cu4I4 Cuboid with Short Cu-Cu Bonds: Premise for NIR Thermoluminescence. Inorg. Chem. 2016, 55, 3206-3208. DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.5b02933

13. H. J. Kim, J. Seo and M. J. Rose. H2 Photogeneration Using a Phosphonate-Anchored Ni-PNP Catalyst on a Band-Edge-Modified p-Si(111)|AZO Construct. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2016, 8, 1061-1066. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.5b09902

12. T. Manes and M. J. Rose. A Bis-pyridine Rhenium Carbonyl Derived from an Anthracene Scaffold: Redox Properties and its Electrocatalytic CO2→CO Reduction Activity. Inorg. Chem. Commun 2015, 61, 221-224. DOI: doi:10.1016/j.inoche.2015.10.012

11. G. Durgaprasad, Z.-L. Xie and M. J. Rose. Iron Hydride Detection and Intramolecular Hydride Transfer in a Synthetic Model of Mono-Iron Hydrogenase with a CNS Chelate. Inorg. Chem. 2016, 55, 386-389. DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.5b01733

10. F. Li, V. M. Basile and M. J. Rose. Electron Transfer through Surface-Grown, Ferrocene-Capped Oligophenylene Molecular Wires (5-50 A) on n-Si(111) Photoelectrodes. Langmuir, 2015, 31, 7712-7716. DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.5b02121

9. J. Seo, R. T. Pekarek and M. J. Rose. Photoelectrochemical Operation of a Surface-Bound, Nickel-Phosphine H2 Evolution Catalyst on p-Si(111): A Molecular Semiconductor|Catalyst Construct. Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 13264-13267. DOI: 10.1039/c5cc02802g

8. H. J. Kim, K. L. Kearney. L. Le, R. T. Pekarek and M. J. Rose. Platinum-Enhanced Electron Transfer through Ultra-Thin Film Aluminum Oxide (Al2O3) on Si(111) Photoelectrodes. ACS Appl. Mat. Intfc. 2015, 7, 8572-8584. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.5b00376

7. O. M. Williams, A. H. Cowley and M. J. Rose. Structural and Electronic Characterization of Multi-Electron Reduced Naphthalene(BIAN) Cobaloximes. Dalton Trans. 2015, 44, 13017-13029. DOI: 10.1039/C5DT00924C

6. K. A. Thomas Muthiah, G. Durgaprasad, Z.-L. Xie, O. M. Williams, C. Joseph, V. M. Lynch and M. J. Rose. Mononuclear Iron(II) Dicarbonyls Derived from NNS Ligands: Structural Models Related to a Possible "Pre-Acyl" Active Site of Mono-Iron (Hmd) Hydrogenase. Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2015. 1675-1692. DOI: 10.1002/ejic.201403013

5. J. Seo, H. J. Kim, R. T. Pekarek and M. J. Rose. Hybrid Organic/Inorganic Band-Edge Modulation of p-Si(111) Photoelectrodes: Effects of R, Metal Oxide, and Pt on H2 Generation. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 3173-3176. DOI: 10.1021/ja5126287

4. F. Li, V. M. Basile, R. T. Pekarek and M. J. Rose. Steric Spacing of Molecular Linkers on Si(111) Photoelectrodes. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2014, 6, 20557-20568. DOI: 10.1021/am506244m

3. J. Seo, A. Ali and M. J. Rose. Novel Ligand Architectures for Metalloenzyme Modeling: Anthracene-Based Ligands for Synthetic Modeling of Mono-[Fe] Hydrogenase. Comments Inorg. Chem. 2014, 34, 103-114. DOI: 10.1080/02603594.2014.961062

2. S. E. A. 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. 43, 2014, 10725-10738. DOI: 10.1039/c4dt00600c

1. 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

  • 2016 Cottrell Scholars Award
  • 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

CH 341: Advanced Techniques in Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory

CH 368/390K: Bio-Inorganic Chemistry & Spectroscopy

CH 386L: Organometallic Chemistry & Catalysis