Research Interests

​My research aims at improving the understanding of pincer complex reactions with the purpose being able to systematically improve and design new pincer catalysts. Specifically, I employ spectroscopic techniques, including Flash Photolysis and X-ray absorption spectroscopy, to study reactions in situ and ex situ combined with DFT calculations to identify reasonable reaction mechanisms and acquire fundamental knowledge about the role of the pincer ligand and the metal center.

Selected Publications

  • Controlling dissociation of alkyl phenyl ketone radical cations in the strong-field regime through hydroxyl substit...
    K. M. Tibbetts, T. Bohinski, K. Munkerup, M. Tarazkar and R. J. Levis,
    J. Phys. Chem. A, 118, 8170-8176 , (2014)
  • Radical cation spectroscopy of substituted alkyl phenyl ketones via tunnel ionization
    T. Bohinski, K. M. Tibbetts, K. Munkerup, M. Tarazkar, D. A. Romanov, S. Matsika and R. J....
    Chem. Phys., 442, 81-85 , (2014)

Education Profile

  • M.Sc., Chemistry, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2014
  • B.Sc., Chemistry, University of Copenhagen,  Copenhagen, Denmark, 2012

Professional Profile

  • ​2011-2014: Student Assistant, Haldor Topsøe A/S, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​Danish Chemical Society


  • Award for best poster at the Danish Chemical Society Annual Meeting 2014,
  • Title of the poster: Femtosecond Time-Resolved Gas Phase Studies of the cis- and trans-Azobenzene Radical Cations
  • Committee: Roald Hoffmann & Carl Djerassi

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC)
  • Physical Science & Engineering (PSE)