Bronte Charette

Bronte Charette

Position Title
Assistant Professor

226 Chemistry

Our lab designs transition metal complexes to mimic the catalytic activity of metalloenzymes, which often utilize light to drive redox reactions. By harnessing the unique and tunable properties of transition metals and integrating them with light-responsive ligand moieties, these complexes will facilitate a range of selective and efficient chemical transformations with applications in areas such as energy conversion and chemical synthesis. This research combines organic and inorganic synthesis, electrochemical and spectroscopic techniques in addition to reactivity studies.


Education, Awards and Professional Highlights


  • Appointed to UC Davis Faculty (2023)  
  • Illinois Distinguished Postdoctoral Research Associate Fellowship, UIUC (2021)
  • American Institute of Chemists Graduate Student Award (2021)
  • UCI Department of Chemistry Most Promising Future Faculty (2020)
  • NSERC Postgraduate Doctoral Fellowship (2018)
  • UCI Department of Chemistry Outstanding First Year Teaching Assistant (2017)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2021-2023)
  • Ph.D. University of California Irvine (2021)
  • M.Sc. University of Manitoba (2016)
  • B.Sc. University of Winnipeg (2014)

Representative Publications

Please see website for full publication list. Below are representative publications.

  • Charette, Bronte J., Griffin, P. J., Zimmerman, C. M., and Olshansky, L. Conformationally dynamic copper coordination complexes. Dalton Trans. 2022, 51, 6212–6219. Selected as Dalton Transaction’s Outstanding Paper Award 2022

  • Charette, Bronte J., Ziller, J. W., and Heyduk, A. F. Exploring Ligand-Centered Hydride and H-Atom Transfer. Inorg. Chem. 2021, 60, 7, 5367–5375

  • Charette, Bronte J., Ziller, J. W., and Heyduk, A. F. Metal-Ion Influence on Ligand- Centered Hydrogen-Atom Transfer. Inorg. Chem. 2021, 60, 3, 1579–1589

  • Rosenkoetter, K. E., Wojnar, M. K., Charette, Bronte J., Ziller, J. W., and Heyduk, A. F. Hydrogen-Atom Noninnocence of a Tridentate [SNS] Pincer Ligand. Inorg. Chem. 2018, 57, 16, 9728–9737

  • Charette, Bronte J., and Ritch, J. S. A Selenium-Containing Diarylamido Pincer Ligand: Synthesis and Coordination Chemistry with Group 10 Metals. Inorg. Chem. 2016, 55, 12, 6344–6350