Michael Ratzloff received his B.S. in Chemistry from the Colorado School of Mines in 2008, where his senior research focused on chemical education. In 2011, he received his M.S. in Materials Science, also from the Colorado School of Mines. His Master's thesis involved developing multiple infrared (IR) spectroscopic techniques to allow the study of structure/function relationships of the active site, or H-cluster, of hydrogenase enzymes.
His current research continues his thesis work, developing more advanced IR spectroscopic techniques to allow organometallic enzymes to be studied in more detail under a variety of different conditions. These studies should provide a greater level of understanding of the catalytic mechanism used by hydrogenase enzymes to produce hydrogen.