Dr. Gorun's research is at the interface of bioinorganic chemistry, materials science and catalysis.
Sergiu Gorun is interested in the reactivity of artificial enzymes and
related materials. Current projects are in the area of oxygen activation
via energy or electron transfer, with application to catalysis,
biomedicine and environmental science. Metal-organic materials that
exhibit no C-H bonds, while being reactive are of particular interest,
as reagents in solution, in biological environments and in the
solid-state. Their atomic and solid-state structures, ability to capture
energy and transfer electrons are being elucidated using a variety of
physical methods. Other functionalities are also explored.
research has received support from the Department of Energy, the
Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation as well as
industry. Professor Gorun is currently the Director of the Center for
Functional Materials of Seton Hall University.