Inorganic | Department of Chemistry

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Our Inorganic chemistry faculty members carry out experimental and computational research in a variety of topics that include photoinduced Jahn-Teller effects, electron transfer, metal-metal bonding, and homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis. The department possesses state-of-the-art facilities for structural determination including a brand new CCD single-crystal X-ray diffractometer, multinuclear NMR spectrometers, and mass spectrometric facilities.

In addition, inorganic faculty members are active participants in Materials Chemistry research.

  • Dr. Thomas Cundari: Development and application of high-accuracy methods for modeling of transition metals. Application of theory to the rational design of metal-based catalysts, sensors, optics and materials. Chemistry of the copper- and zinc-triads. Multiple bonding involving the transition metals and heavier main group elements.
  • Dr. Mohammad Omary: Fundamental spectroscopic and structural studies of luminescent transition metal and lanthanide complexes. Molecular electronic devices. Metal-organic framework for adsorption of hydrogen and other gases.
  • Dr. LeGrande Slaughter: Inorganic and organometallic synthesis applied to the design of catalysts and novel materials. Homogeneous catalysis of organic reactions of medicinal or industrial importance. Nanostructured organometallic catalysts.
  • Dr. Hao Yan: Dr. Yan's group seeks novel physical approaches to address fundamental questions in chemistry and materials science. We are particularly interested in elucidating structure-property relationships under extreme mechanical environments such as high hydrostatic pressure (HHP), and applying such knowledge to the design of functional systems with broad-range impacts in catalysis, energy conversion and quantum information science.

An example of the integrative computational/synthetic/materials research aspects carried out by the UNT inorganic groups is shown here.

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