Dr. Teera Chantarojsiri is currently a lecturer at Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, locating in Bangkok, Thailand. Her research program focuses on different methods to tune redox properties of transition metal complexes that act as small molecule activation catalyst, specifically, hydrogen evolution and CO2 reduction reaction. She is also interested in developing green oxidation process by using O2 from air as an oxidant and chemical oxidation that can occur in water.
Dr. Chantarojsiri was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. She then moved to California and completed her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Stanford University. While at Stanford, she conducted research under Professor T. Daniel P. Stack, who introduced her to the world of biomimetic chemistry. She studied Fe and Mn complexes and their epoxidation reactivity. She then continued her graduate study at the University of California, Berkeley with Professor Chris Chang, investigating photogenerated, high-valent Fe-oxo complexes that can oxidize organic substrates in aqueous system. Her interest in green oxidation process and energy-related application sprung from how nature manipulates small molecules in different chemical processes. This inspiration drove her to pursue postdoctoral research at the University of California, Irvine with Professor Jenny Y. Yang, where she studied electrostatic effect on redox properties of Fe- and Mn- complexes.
Apart from her research, Dr. Chantarojsiri enjoys teaching undergraduate students and spreading her excitement for Chemistry. She was selected to represent Thailand as a young scientist at the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureating meeting in 2017. Looking towards the future, she is currently focusing on building her research group and mentoring students.