2010 S.B. University of Chicago (with Prof. Greg Hillhouse)
2015 Ph.D. MIT (with Prof. Mircea Dinca)
2018 Postdoc University of Washington (with Prof. Daniel Gamelin)
Honors and Awards
2016 ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Young Investigator Award
2015 Davison Thesis Prize (MIT)
2015 Washington Research Foundation Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow in Clean Energy
2011-2014 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
2007-2009 Beckman Scholar Program Fellow
The Brozek Lab studies redox processes of the "nanoscale gap" between small molecules and macroscopic materials. Systems existing on this size regime are widely pursued for tackling problems in energy capture and sustainable growth, and yet their intermediary behavior resists description by conventional concepts and tools. Our goal is to investigate the fundamental properties of compounds that blur the distinction between molecules and materials, and leverage this insight for designing better catalysts and electronic devices.
We synthesize soft materials, such as colloidal clusters, porous polymers, ionic liquids, and use physical inorganic methods to study their unique redox properties. By combining molecular precision with material characteristics, we can ask: What is the relationship between conductivity and reactivity? How does dynamic bonding impact delocalized behavior? How does the Seebeck effect emerge from molecules? In addition to these areas, students acquire training in air-free synthesis, spectroscopy, electrochemical techniques, and solid-state characterization.
- Brozek, C. K.; Zhou, D.; Liu, H.; Li, X.; Kittilstved, K. R.; Gamelin, D. R. "Soluble Supercapacitors: Large and Reversible Charge Storage in Colloidal Iron-Doped ZnO Nanocrystals " Nano Lett. 2018, 18, 3297.
- Liu, H.; Brozek, C. K.; Sun, S.; Lingerfelt, D. B.; Gamelin, D. R.; Li, X. "A Hybrid Quantum-Classical Model of Electrostatics in Multiply Charged Quantum Dots." J. Phys. Chem. C 2017, 121, 26086-26095.
- Brozek, C. K.; Hartstein, K. H.; Gamelin, D. R. "Potentiometric Titrations for Measuring the Capacitance of Colloidal Photodoped ZnO Nanocrystals." J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 10605-10610.
- Brozek, C. K.; Miller, J. T., Stoian, S. A.; Dincă, M. "Nitric Oxide Disproportionation Promoted by Fe2+-Exchanged MOF-5." J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 7495-7501.
- Brozek, C. K.; Michaelis, V. K.; Ong, T.-C.; Bellarosa, L.; López, N.; Griffin, R. G.; Dincă, M. "Dynamic DMF binding in MOF-5 enables the formation of metastable cobalt-substituted MOF-5 analogs." ACS Central Science, 2015, 1, 252-260.
- Brozek, C. K.; Dincă, M. "Ti3+-, V2+/3+-, Cr2+/3+-, Mn2+-, and Fe2+-Substituted MOF-5 and Redox Reactivity in Cr- and Fe-MOF-5." J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 12886.
- Brozek, C. K.; Dincă, M. "Lattice-Imposed Geometry in Metal-Organic Frameworks: Lacunary Zn4O Clusters in MOF-5 Serve as Tripodal Chelating Ligands for Ni2+." Chem. Sci. 2012, 3, 2110.