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     Research in the Neely group focuses on the fundamental chemistry of first row transition metal catalysis. This work relies on insights from both inorganic and organic chemistry to understand the underlying reactivity of transition metal complexes during the catalytic cycle. Currently we are using this approach to develop methods for manganese–catalyzed C–H functionalization with mild carbon nucleophiles and for iron–catalyzed formation of N–heterocycles by cycloaddition chemistry.