Welcome to the Searles Group website! We are located in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Florida.

Our research is focused on the utilization and efficient conversion of globally abundant substrates, such as CO2, N2, CH4, natural/shale gas components and biofuels, which are related to energy and environmental concerns. The research focuses on the development of novel inorganic materials and molecules spanning the fields of both heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis.

Latest Group News


    We were recently awarded a ACS Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator grant!

  • Polymers Beware!

    We have a new manuscript out in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. that investigates high throughput screening for the degradation of polybutadiene using molecular polymerization catalysts. Check it out!! https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.202202258

  • New Manuscript

    We have a new paper out online:

    “Probing β-Alkyl Elimination and Selectivity in Polyolefin Hydrogenolysis through DFT” https://doi.org/10.1039/D1CY01088C

  • New Lab Space

    We are finally moving into our new lab space! Check out a preview in the “Lab Tour”

  • Group Expands

    Our group continues to grow as we await final renovations of our lab space.

    Welcome Alexander Stant and Alex Bottorff!