My name is Ariana Martinez-Alamo, and I am a Forensic Chemistry student at Ohio University. This summer, I am thrilled to join Dr. Hairong Guan's lab, working under the guidance of Bedraj Pandey and Dulmini Jayawardhena. Our research focuses on developing efficient and cost-effective homogeneous catalysts using transition metals like nickel, cobalt, iron, and copper. We hope to produce catalysts with similar reactivity to precious metals by investigating ligands that strongly bind to these metals. I'm now working on developing a reproducible synthetic route for a new compound. My participation in these projects has provided me with valuable skills in handling sensitive compounds and conducting mechanistic studies using techniques like NMR spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, and chemical kinetics. In addition, I have gained an understanding of the significance of energy efficiency and sustainability in catalytic reactions. This involves utilizing renewable resources and easily accessible materials to promote environmentally friendly practices. This research experience goes beyond classroom learning, and I am excited to further expand my knowledge and skills this summer.