Department of Chemistry
Alison Fout

Alison Fout

Department of Chemistry
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-3255

P: (217) 300-0188

Current Activities

The Fout research program focuses on the synthesis of ligand architectures that can support transition metal complexes capable of mediating unusual transformations for biological, environmental and energy problems. Our main curiosities stem from catalytic, synthetic inorganic, and bioinorganic chemistry. Specifically, the group is interested in using synthesis, reactivity, and detailed mechanistic studies to probe the activation of strong bonds with sustainable catalysts.

Educational Background

B.S. Gannon University, 2002

M.S. University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2004

Ph.D. Indiana University, 2009

Mary Fieser and NIH postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University 2009-2012

Awards & Recognition

2019 Thieme Chemistry Journals Award
2018 American Chemical Society Emergent Investigator in Bioinorganic Chemistry, Division of Inorganic Chemistry
2018 Helen Corley Petit Scholar, UIUC
2018 Ed Stiefel Young Investigator Award, Metals in Biology GRC
2017 Camille Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award
2017 Dalton Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley
2016-2021 Department of Energy Early Career Research Program
2016-2018 Lincoln Excellence Scholar for Assistant Professors, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UIUC
2016 School of Chemical Sciences Teaching Award, UIUC
2016 New Talent Americas, Dalton Transactions
2015 American Chemical Society Emerging Investigators in Bioinorganic Chemistry, Virtual Issue
2015 Marion Milligan Mason Award for Women in the Chemical Sciences, AAAS
2015 Sloan Research Fellow
2014-2019 NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award
2010 American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry Young Investigators Award
2010-2012 NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University
2009 Mary Fieser Postdoctoral Fellowship, Harvard University

Selected Publications

  • Killion, J. A., Darrow, W. T., Brennan, M. R., Leahy, C. A., & Fout, A. R. (Accepted/In press). Cobalt-Catalyzed Kumada Coupling Forming Sterically Encumbered C-C Bonds. Organometallics.
  • Leahy, C. A., Drummond, M. J., Vura-Weis, J., & Fout, A. R. (2021). Synthesis of a series of M(ii) (M = Mn, Fe, Co) chloride complexes with both inter- And intra-ligand hydrogen bonding interactions. Dalton Transactions, 50(35), 12088-12092.
  • Muhammad, S. R., Greer, R. B., Ramirez, S. B., Goodson, B. M., & Fout, A. R. (2021). Cobalt-catalyzed hyperpolarization of structurally intact olefins. ACS Catalysis, 11(4), 2011-2020.
  • Muhammad, S. R., Nugent, J. W., Greer, R. B., Lee, B. C., Mahmoud, J., Ramirez, S. B., Goodson, B. M., & Fout, A. R. (2021). Effects of a Tridentate Pincer Ligand on Parahydrogen Induced Polarization. ChemPhysChem, 22(14), 1518-1526.
  • Catalytic Perchlorate Reduction Using Iron: Mechanistic Insights and Improved Catalyst Turnover Drummond, M. J.; Miller, T. J.; Ford, C. L.; Fout, A. R.  ACS Catal.  202010, 3175-3182.