Monica Lynn Kiewit Sanchez

Group Member Since 2016

B.S. Chemistry, B.A. Philosophy, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2015

Personal Information

Originally, I began my career in research as a synthetic inorganic chemist. But as I learned more about the variety of areas which inorganic chemistry plays a part in, I moved away from synthetic chemistry and became increasingly interested in the critical role that transition metals have in biological systems, namely enzymes. My project is focused on developing photosensitized systems with the intention of increasing the catalytic efficiency of enzymes of interest. Such systems also could be an invaluable way to study the mechanistic aspects of small molecule production as well. One of the many potential real-world applications of such a system is as a fuel source driven by light.

My interests outside of research include gardening and taking my dog to the dog park.