Alison Butler

Allison Butler
Senior Investigator
UC Santa Barbara


Bioinorganic Chemistry


The Butler group is developing Mn(III and IV) and Cu(II) complexes to facilitate the oxidative deconstruction of lignin, organosolv lignin, and other lignin model compounds. They are pursuing a biomimetic approach, taking cues from the oxidative pathways evolved by microbes to cleave 1,4 glycosidic linkages, producing discrete aromatic compounds.