Brandon Tate

Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Studies

Professor Tate’s research centers on the development of catalysts for the production of renewable fuels and sustainable alternatives to petrochemicals.

Ongoing projects in the Tate lab focus on catalysts and enzymes featuring metal ions such as nickel, copper, ruthenium, and silver. In addition to designing and synthesizing novel catalyst candidates, we use spectroscopy to study reaction mechanisms—the step-by-step process of bond breaking and bond formation—involved in the formation of biological and synthetic fuels. Knowledge of reaction mechanisms allows scientists to design better catalysts and develop more efficient methods to store renewable energy.

Brandon Tate


  • PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • BS, Auburn University
  • BA, Auburn University