Edna Ambundo, Chemistry

For two of the four systems investigated, the apparent self-exchange rate constant obtained from oxidation reactions was larger than that for reduction reactions…This is only the second instance in which such behavior has been observed. The implications of these results are considered.

EDNA AMBUNDO - Chemist (from Physical parameters and electron-transfer studies of copper(II/I) complexes formed with the tripodal ligands)

Ambundo (far left), reunited with Marion Galleher Kyhos, a St. Lawrence University alumna. In 1975, the Ambundo family hosted Marion in Kenya. "Edna was three years old when I lived with the Ambundos," says Marion; "she just received her Ph.D. and is working at MIT. It was a terrific reunion!"

MLK Visiting Scholar 2001-2003
Hosted by the Department of Chemistry

Edna Ambundo is a Technical Associate at Colgate Palmolive. During her MIT appointment, she was a post-doc from Wayne State University. Research interests: catalysis, reaction kinetics, inorganic reaction mechanisms, enzymes

2001-2003 Scholars

Stopped-Flow Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy of Nitromethane Oxidation by the Diiron(IV) Intermediate of Methane Monooxygenase

J. Am. Chem. Soc.2003125 (37), pp 11150–11151
Publication Date (Web): August 23, 2003 (Communication)
DOI: 10.1021/ja036081r

The hydroxylase component (MMOH) of soluble methane monooxygenase fromMethylococcus capsulatus (Bath) was reduced to the diiron(II) form and then allowed to react with dioxygen to generate the diiron(IV) intermediate Q in the first phase of a double-...




Electron-Transfer Kinetics of Copper(II/I) Tripodal Ligand Complexes

Edna A. Ambundo,1aQiuyue Yu,1aL. A. Ochrymowycz,1b and, and D. B. Rorabacher*,1a
Inorganic Chemistry 2003 42 (17), 5267-5273

Reactions of Methane Monooxygenase Intermediate Q with Derivatized Methanes

Edna A. Ambundo,†Richard A. Friesner,‡ and, and Stephen J. Lippard*,†
Journal of the American Chemical Society 2002 124 (30), 8770-8771

Electron-Transfer Kinetics of Tris(2-(methylthioethyl))aminecopper(II/I). A Tripodal Ligand Complex Exhibiting Virtual C3v Symmetry

Edna A. Ambundo,1aL. A. Ochrymowycz,1b and, and D. B. Rorabacher*,1a
Inorganic Chemistry 2001 40 (20), 5133-5138

Direct Evidence for a Geometrically Constrained “Entatic State” Effect on Copper(II/I) Electron-Transfer Kinetics As Manifested in Metastable Intermediates

Qiuyue Yu,1aCynthia A. Salhi,1aEdna A. Ambundo,1aMary Jane Heeg,1aL. A. Ochrymowycz,1b and, and D. B. Rorabacher*,1a
Journal of the American Chemical Society 2001 123 (24), 5720-5729

Kinetics and Mechanism of Copper(II) Complex Formation with Tripodal Aminopolythiaether and Aminopolypyridyl Ligands in Aqueous Solution

Edna A. Ambundo,1aMarie-Veronique Deydier,1aL. A. Ochrymowycz,1b and, and D. B. Rorabacher*,1a
Inorganic Chemistry 2000 39 (6), 1171-1179

Influence of Coordination Geometry upon Copper(II/I) Redox Potentials. Physical Parameters for Twelve Copper Tripodal Ligand Complexes

Edna A. Ambundo,1aMarie-Veronique Deydier,1aAndrew J. Grall,1bNatalia Aguera-Vega,1bLuke T. Dressel,1b,Thomas H. Cooper,1aMary Jane Heeg,1aL. A. Ochrymowycz,1b and, and D. B. Rorabacher*,1a
Inorganic Chemistry 1999 38 (19), 4233-4242

Edna Ambundo is a Technical Associate at Colgate Palmolive. Her research interests include: catalysis, reaction kinetics, inorganic reaction mechanisms, enzymes.

Ambundo earned a BS in Chemistry (1994) from the University of Nairobi in Kenya and a PhD in Chemistry (2000) from Wayne State University. She is a member of the Phi Lambda Upsilon National Chemistry Honor Society and the American Chemical Society. 

During her postdoctoral appointment at MIT as an MLK Scholar, she was hosted by the Department of Chemistry. Ambundo's one-year visit was extended for an extra semester. 

Roundtable Attended by E.A. Abundo


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Minorities in the Chemical Workforce: Diversity Models that Work
A Workshop Report to the Chemical Sciences Roundtable

National Research Council (US) Chemical Sciences Roundtable. 
Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US)2003ISBN-10: 0-309-08539-X

​The workshop on "Minorities in the Chemical Workforce: Diversity Models that Work" brought together leaders in chemistry and chemical engineering from government, industry, academia, and the not-for-profit sector to gather information and explore approaches that would optimize participation by the full range of intellectual talent in the chemical workforce. Its primary focus was to expose the participants, primarily chemists and chemical engineers from all sectors, to examples of successful efforts to recruit and retain minorities—at the undergraduate level, in graduate programs, and in the chemical workforce. The focus was practical and realistic needs of institutions and opportunities for minorities in the chemical sciences. The workshop explored opportunities and challenges for transferring the prior successes into a variety of new settings in which those trained in the chemical sciences are employed.