Was born and raised in San Diego. He attended SDSU and received his BS in Chemistry in 2009. He went on to work on his PhD in the joint doctoral program with SDSU and UCSD, where he used organic and organometallic synthesis to make catalysts for water splitting, the conversion of water into oxygen and hydrogen for energy storage. He received the IPMI Richard Rubin Memorial Scholarship Award in 2014 which recognizes achievement in precious metals research by a graduate student. In 2015 David defended his thesis entitled “Studies on Bis Protic N-Heterocylic Carbene Pincer Complexes and on Water Oxidation Catalysts”. See below for a list of publications that David was involved with:
1. “Evolution of Iridium-Based Molecular Catalysts during Water Oxidation with Ceric Ammonium Nitrate” D. B. Grotjahn, D. B. Brown, J. K. Martin, D. C. Marelius, M. C. Abadjian, H. N. Tran, G. Kalyuzhny, K. S. Vecchio, Z. G. Specht, S. A. Cortes-Llamas, V. Miranda-Soto, C. van Niekerk, C. E. Moore, A. L. Rheingold, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 19024-19027.
2. “How Do Proximal Hydroxy or Methoxy Groups on the Bidentate Ligand Affect (terpy)Ru(N,N)X Water Oxidation Catalysts? Synthesis, Characterization, and Reactivity at Acidic and Near-neutral pH,” D. C. Marelius, S. Bhagan, D. J. Charboneau, K. M. Schroeder, J. M. Kamdar, A. R. McGettigan, B. J. Freeman, C. E. Moore, A. L. Rheingold, A. L. Cooksy, D. K. Smith, J. J. Paul, E. T. Papish, D. B. Grotjahn, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2014, 676–689.
3. “Hydrogen-bonding Pincer Complexes with Two Protic N-Heterocyclic Carbenes from Direct Metalation of a 1,8-Bis(imidazol-1-yl)carbazole by Platinum, Palladium, as well as Nickel,” D. C. Marelius, E. H. Darrow, C. E. Moore, J. A. Golen, A. L. Rheingold, D. B. Grotjahn, Chem. Eur. J. 2015, 31, 10988-10992.
4. “Studies on Bis Protic N-Heterocylic Carbene Pincer Complexes and on Water Oxidation Catalysts” D. C. Marelius, UCSD thesis
5. “Reactivity Studies of Bis Protic N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complexes 1,8-Bis(imidazol-1-ylidene)carbazole Platinum and Palladium under Basic Conditions,” D. C. Marelius, C. E. Moore, A. L. Rheingold, D. B. Grotjahn, Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2016, 12, 1334-1339.
6. “Ruthenium complexes of 2,2’-bipyridine-6,6’-diphosphonate ligands for water oxidation” J. M. Kamdar, D. C. Marelius, C. E. Moore, A. L. Rheingold, D. K. Smith, D. B. Grotjahn, ChemCatChem 2016, 8, 3045-3049.