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Fortier Laboratory

Makers of fine molecules since 2013

Dr. Skye Fortier is a native of the Southwest, born and raised in the far West Texas town of El Paso, which is directly located on the US/Mexico border.  As an undergraduate, Dr. Fortier attended UTEP where he received a MARC (Minority Access to Research Careers) scholarship.  As a MARC scholar, Dr. Fortier worked under the direction of Prof. Keith Pannell investigating the photochemically induced formation of carbon-silicon bonds utilizing ‘Fp’ precursors (Fp = CpFe(CO)2).  After graduating in 2005, Dr. Fortier worked for one year as a high school science teacher at Irvin High School in El Paso teaching freshmen and junior classes.

In 2006, Dr. Fortier entered the graduate program at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).  At UCSB, Dr. Fortier worked in Prof. Trevor Hayton’s laboratory investigating the organometallic chemistry of uranium.  In particular, his studies in the Hayton laboratory focused on the synthesis of high-valent homoleptic molecules and uranium complexes featuring metal-ligand multiple bonds.  Graduating from UCSB with his Ph.D. in Fall 2011, Dr. Fortier traded in the West Coast for the Midwest in order to work as a postdoctoral researcher under the joint supervision of Profs. Mindiola and Caulton at Indiana University (IU).  At IU, he investigated the synthesis, reactivity, and redox chemistry of iron and cobalt complexes supported by non-innocent, redox-active frameworks.  Dr. Fortier is a recipient of an NSF American Competitiveness in Chemistry Postdoctoral Fellowship.

In Fall 2013, Dr. Fortier joined the Chemistry Department at UTEP. At UTEP, Dr. Fortier plans to investigate the chemistry of early metals and actinide complexes.