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Daniel Brayton

Educational Background

Doctor Brayton grew up in a small beach town just south of Los Angeles, CA.  He received his B.S. in Environmental Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego in 2000 under the tutelage of Bill Trogler.  He then moved north up the coast to the University of California, Irvine where he got both his M.S. and Ph.D. (2002 & 2006) with Patrick Farmer. His graduate worked blended the fascinating worlds of biology and inorganic chemistry by designing sulfur based ligands to shuttle zinc and copper ions into melanoma cancer cells, exposing their oxidative effects, and inducing apoptosis.  He then moved farther up the west coast to Seattle accepting a position as a research associate at the University of Washington (UW).  At UW he was investigating metal hydrogen interactions by multinuclear NMR techniques with Mike Heinekey (2006-2008). Since 2009 he has been in the University of Hawaii (UH) system in a combined capacity, at first as a researcher and currently as an Assistant Professor of chemistry.  He has contributed to several inorganic research projects at UH, first with Oscar Navarro (2009-2010) on catalytic cross couplings and alcohol oxidations, then with Craig Jensen (2011-2014) on liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHC), and currently on his own research ideas; phosphinite based organometallic catalyst design and the use of transition metal based molecules as “inorganic natural products”.