Joseph S. Merola received his Ph.D. in 1978 with Dietmar Seyferth at MIT. He joined the Corporate Research Laboratories of Exxon Research & Engineering Company in New Jersey. In 1987, he moved to the Department of Chemistry at Virginia Tech where he has remained since. He carries out work in the areas of transition metal organometallic complexes, primarily of rhodium and iridium. This work began as an investigation into their catalytic activity and morphed into examining their biological activity. Professor Merola is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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