Skip to Content

Inorganic & Organometallic Chemistry

Modern inorganic chemistry is an enormously broad field that spans a profusion of fascinating subdisciplines ranging from solid-state chemistry at one extreme to solution photochemistry at the other. Although no department can claim to cover all areas of inorganic chemistry, most of the important frontier areas of inorganic research are being actively studied in our department. The links below describe Professors Dave Johnson’ and Doxsee’s  research in solid-state chemistry, Professor Page’s work on surfaces, Professor Hutchison’s work on metal nanocrystals and his work on surfaces, Professor Tyler’s work on photochemistry and reaction mechanisms in solution, the Boettcher lab’s work on designing and understanding inorganic solids for solar energy harvesting and electrochemical energy storage, and Professor Jasti’s work on structure-property relationships of novel graphitic nanomaterials, Professor Pluth’s work using molecular recognition to activate small molecules for use in catalysis and sensing, and Professor Darren Johnson’s work exploring problems in coordination chemistry and organic synthesis using supramolecular chemistry as a tool.

Regardless of special area, all students receive a broad education in inorganic chemistry. Entry level graduate courses emphasize the common interdisciplinary themes of synthesis, structure, and dynamics. Subsequent special topics courses then provide in-depth specialization in the particular subdisciplines. Organometallic chemistry is likewise thoroughly covered by researchers in our department. Projects in the Doxsee lab focus on the use of organometallics in organic synthesis. The Haley lab is synthesizing organometallic compounds with unusual electronic properties, and the Tyler group is studying organometallic polymers and the photochemistry of organometallic molecules. The Hendon group uses quantum mechanics and super computers to explore chemical properties arising in metal-organic frameworks and on the surfaces of catalysts. The Brozek Lab synthesizes soft materials and uses physical inorganic methods to investigate their unique redox properties for catalysis, energy capture, and electronic devices. Research in the Cook group develops new catalysts for the transformation of organic molecules. The catalysts studied are molecular organometallic complexes, as well as heterogeneous materials with well-defined active sites. They also use elements of physical organic chemistry to study the mechanisms of these transformations.

Shannon W. Boettcher
Carl Brozek
Amanda Cook
Victoria J. DeRose
Kenneth M. Doxsee
Michael M. Haley 
Christopher H. Hendon
James E. Hutchison
Ramesh Jasti
David C. Johnson
Darren W. Johnson
Catherine J. Page
Michael D. Pluth
David R. Tyler