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Inorganic Chemistry Research Division

Calculated electronic spectra (Amsterdam Density Functional) of nickel(II) halide complexes [(Tp)Ni-X], where Tp = hydrotris(1-pyrazolyl)borate and X = F (pink), Cl (blue), Br (orange), I (violet) and At (green).
Calculated electronic spectra (Amsterdam Density Functional) of nickel(II) halide complexes [(Tp)Ni-X], where Tp = hydrotris(1-pyrazolyl)borate and X = F (pink), Cl (blue), Br (orange), I (violet) and At (green).

Associated Faculty

  • Michael Jensen—Biomimetic coordination chemistry and catalysis
  • Wenyang Gao--Synthetic innovation of advanced materials for energy- and sustainability-related critical issues

About the Inorganic Research Division

The Inorganic Chemistry subdivision within the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department at Ohio University presents a wide range of scientific interests to both M.S. and Ph.D. students. Faculty research interests span a diverse range of topics such as bioinorganic and organometallic chemistry, catalysis, photochemistry, electrochemistry and spectroscopy.

The division is well-equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation, including absorption, steady-state and time-resolved luminescence and vibrational spectroscopy, multinuclear NMR spectroscopy, as well as electronic structure and molecular modeling software.

Division faculty actively collaborate with other department members and participate in broader initiatives such as the Ohio University Condensed Matter and Surface Science program and the international exchange program with Universitat Leipzig. Division members actively participate in a range of regional and national scientific conferences including ACS, Gordon Research and Inter-American Photochemical Society and conferences, and they maintain a continuous track record of publication in leading journals affiliated with ACS, Royal Society of Chemistry and ChemPubSoc Europe.


Each principal investigator in the Inorganic Chemistry Research Division maintains a strong, well-funded research program with access to excellent facilities at Ohio University. Moreover, the interdisciplinary nature of Inorganic Chemistry research at Ohio University facilitates collaborations with faculty in other chemistry research divisions and in other departments campus-wide.

Many faculty members in the division conduct research projects that are accessible to students of all skill levels, including undergraduates and master?s students, allowing virtually any student interested in research to get hands-on laboratory experience.

Another advantage to our students is that research groups in the Inorganic Chemistry Research Division are relatively small, averaging between three to four students per group. The small group sizes allow for enhanced mentoring between the student and his or her adviser, a trademark of Ohio University graduate programs.

Recent graduates in Inorganic Chemistry from Ohio University have gone on to exciting scientific careers in academic, government and industrial settings.


  • 300 and 500 MHz NMR spectrometers with VT and solid-state capabilities (Bruker)
  • Anaerobic gloveboxes (M. Braun)
  • Continuous wavelength and diode-array UV-Vis spectrophotometers (Agilent)
  • Steady-state and time-resolved spectrofluorometers (Horiba)
  • FTIR spectrometers (Thermo Electron-Nicolet and Shimadzu)
  • Potentiostat (BASi)
  • DFT software (Amsterdam Density Functional)
  • X-ray powder diffraction (Rigaku, CMSS)
  • SEM/EDX (Hitachi/Noran Instruments, CMSS)

Associated Departments and Institutes

  • Condensed Matter and Surface Science (CMSS)
  • Universitat Leipzig