Bill McNamara hails from the “electric city” of Scranton, PA. He earned a B.S. degree from Lafayette College in 2006. While at Lafayette, he studied self-assembled monolayers using atomic force microscopy under the tutelage of Professor Tina H. Huang. As an NSF REU fellow at the University of Virginia, he worked under Professor James Demas to develop luminescent sensors for Pb detection. He returned to Lafayette where he studied the electrochemistry of phosphinoferrocene complexes under Professor Chip Nataro.
Bill obtained his PhD degree from Yale University in 2010. In New Haven, he studied organometallics and water oxidation chemistry under Robert H. Crabtree. This research focused on finding ways to immobilize water oxidation catalysts on titanium dioxide. These studies were part of a solar energy collaboration between Professors Gary W. Brudvig, Charles A. Schmuttenmaer, and Victor S. Batista. In 2012 he completed postdoctoral work with Professors Richard Eisenberg and Patrick L. Holland at the University of Rochester. There he studied the reductive side of water splitting. He developed photocatalytic systems that incorporated cobalt catalysts for the generation of hydrogen gas from aqueous protons.
Bill joined the department of chemistry at William and Mary in the summer of 2012 where he will continue to study methods of harvesting solar energy. Students in the McNamara lab will rely on a synergy of synthetic, physical, materials, and inorganic chemistry to develop systems for harvesting and utilizing solar energy