Professor Baik received his Vordiplom (=B.S.) in chemistry from the Heinrich-Heine-Universität in Düsseldorf, Germany, and his Ph.D. in theoretical inorganic chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Cray graduate research fellow with Prof. Cynthia K. Schauer in 2000. Before coming to Indiana to start his independent academic career in 2003, Dr. Baik was a postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia University with Prof. Richard A. Friesner.
The Baik group is broadly interested in transition metal chemistry with a heavy emphasis on catalysis. Based on large-scale computer simulations, mechanisms of how transition metal systems can activate small molecules are investigated in detail. Of particular interest are water oxidation, carbon dioxide reduction and C-C/C-H bond activation in small organic molecules.
The Baik group is mainly computational, but has recently begun to also carry out experiments to confirm the theoretical predictions towards improving the behavior of catalytic systems in an iterative loop between theory and experiment.