Carmen’s focus is on molecular electronics, molecular magnetism, and vibrational spectroscopy. As a postdoctoral fellow with the YCEI, she worked with leading academics in elucidating the structure and function of a manganese-based biomimetic water-oxidation catalyst on electron acceptor TiO2 nanoparticles. This work aimed to investigate the conditions for catalytic activity to occur and to explore the influence of the Mn coordination environment on the properties of the catalyst when directly attached to TiO2. Before coming to Yale, Carmen completed university study in chemistry at University of Erlangen–Nuremberg, Germany and Joseph Fourier University of Grenoble, France; PhD studies in Theoretical Chemistry at University of Bonn, Germany and University of Jena, Germany; and held research fellowship positions at ETH Zurich, Switzerland and Northwestern University. Carmen is now a Professor in the Department of Inorganic and Analytic Chemistry at the University of Hamburg.