University of Minnesota
Interactions between iron and dioxygen are ubiquitous in Nature. The Que lab focuses primarly on the unique challenges associated with dioxygen activation by nonheme iron in biological systems. The research effort in the Que lab combines biological methods and inorganic synthesis with a range of spectroscopic and kinetic techniques to investigate how iron can activate dioxygen to carry out metabolically important and chemically interesting reactions. The group is divided into three subgroups: high-valent iron-oxo, bioinspired catalysis, and nonheme iron oxygenases.