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Mehmed Ertem

Mehmed Ertem

Research Associate

Chemistry Department
Building 555
Brookhaven National Laboratory
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000


Artificial Photosynthesis Group

Research Interests

Computational studies of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis by transition metal based systems
Artificial photosynthesis, water splitting, CO2 reduction, C-H activation


  • Education: Ph.D. – University of Minnesota, Department of Chemistry, USA – 2012
    (Advisor: Prof. Christopher J Cramer)
  • M.S. – Bogazici University, Department of Chemistry, Turkey – 2007
    (Advisor: Prof. Viktorya Aviyente)
  • B.S. – Bogazici University, Department of Chemistry and Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics (Double Major), Turkey – 2005

Selected Publications

  • Bozoglian, F.; Romain, S.; Ertem, M. Z.; Todorova, T. K.; Sens, C.; Mola, J.; Rodriguez, M.; Romero, I.; Benet-Buchholz, J.; Fontrodona, X.; Cramer, C. J.; Gagliardi, L.; Llobet, A. "The Ru-Hbpp Water Oxidation Catalyst" J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131, 15176-15187.  
  • Sala, X.; Ertem, M. Z.; Vigara, L.; Todorova, T. K.; Chen, W.; Rocha, R. C.; Aquilante, F.; Cramer, C. J.; Gagliardi, L.; Llobet, A. "The cis-[RuII(bpy)2(H2O)2]2+ Water-Oxidation Catalyst Revisited" Angewandte Chemie International Edition2010, 49, 1.
  • Ertem, M. Z.; Gagliardi, L.; Cramer, C. J. "Quantum Chemical Characterization of the Mechanism of an Iron Based Water Oxidation Catalyst” Chemical Science, 2012, 3, 1293.
  • Ertem, M. Z.; Cramer, C. J.; Himo, F.; Siegbahn, P. "N-O Bond Cleavage Mechanism(s) in Nitrous Oxide Reductase" J. Biol. Inorganic Chemistry2012, 17, 687.
  • Suess, A. M.; Ertem, M. Z.; Cramer, C. J.; Stahl, S. S. "Divergence between Organometallic and Single-Electron Transfer Mechanisms in Copper(II)-Mediated Aerobic C–H Oxidation"    J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 9797.