Our inorganic lab has a long project where the students do several literature-based syntheses and then propose and carry out a new step (using their product in an organic transformation) that hasn't been done before. I really like this approach, but am not that thrilled with the chemistry we're doing and would like to add a computational component.
I have an opportunity this summer (meaning I have a student to work on this!) to develop a new project. So I'm fishing for new ideas. We are open to just about any kind of synthesis (main group, transition metal, and solid state, maybe, but that's not my strength). And we're open to just about any kind of computation. We'll be using WebMO as our computational interface. I guess the "research" step could be computational, although I'd prefer it be a synthesis step.
So if you have a germ of an idea, we can do the leg work of digging into the literature on it. Or if you have a more developed idea, we would be love to collaborate! Please post your replies to this forum.