Associate Professor of Chemistry
Dr. LeGrande “Lee” Slaughter grew up in Levelland, a small town in West Texas, but headed out of state for his education, obtaining a B.A. in Chemistry with minors in Physics and German from Drew University (Madison, New Jersey) in 1994. He then pursued graduate studies in Inorganic Chemistry under the advisement of Pete Wolczanski at Cornell University, where he received his Ph.D. in 2000.His dissertation work focused on equilibrium isotope effects in CH-activation reactions. Dr. Slaughter then accepted a postdoctoral position with Prof. Jim Collman at Stanford, where he studied oxidation catalysis. Dr. Slaughter began his independent career as an Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University in 2002 and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2008. His research group moved to the University of North Texas in August 2013.
Dr. Slaughter’s research expertise is in the areas of transition metal organometallic chemistry and catalysis. His group seeks to understand and control metal-ligand interactions, with a goal of uncovering useful new reactions for organic synthesis or energy conversion. Dr. Slaughter was the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award and the OSU Sigma Xi Young Investigator Award.