Venkateswaran Krishnan (Mahesh)

Mahesh hails from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where he grew up surrounded by picturesque landscapes and a strong scientific community that compelled him to pursue his undergraduate degree in biochemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. After completion of his Bachelor’s education, Mahesh spent several years in family-oriented non-academic pursuits and eventually found himself in San Antonio, Texas. There, he decided to commence his graduate education in Inorganic/Organometallic Chemistry under the guidance of Dr. Zachary Tonzetich, where he earned his M.S. degree studying and characterizing NHC complexes of high-spin Mn(II) and their propensities to effect C-C cross-coupling reactions. Mahesh continued to work in the Tonzetich laboratory studying various aspects of pincer complexes featuring Cobalt, culminating in his PhD dissertation titled “Investigations into the Fundamental Organometallic Chemistry of Cobalt Complexes Supported By Anionic PNP Pincer Ligands.” Mahesh joined the Tolman laboratory in 2019 as a postdoctoral researcher, where he currently is investigating Cu-oxygen complexes supported by dianionic pincer-type scaffolds as synthetic models of putative intermediates relevant to copper oxygenases. Outside the laboratory, Mahesh enjoys spending time with his family and being walked by his German Shepherds.