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THE MILSMANN LAB

Inorganic Chemistry Research at West Virginia University

 

RESEARCH AREAS

Research in the Milsmann lab combines the areas of physical inorganic chemistry, synthetic inorganic chemistry, and catalysis to find new solutions towards more sustainable and green chemistry. We try to utilize compounds based on earth-abundant elements in (photo)chemical processes that are traditionally dominated by precious metal catalysts. All projects in the group involve the synthesis and manipulation of air-sensitive materials under rigorously inert conditions and take advantage of the large tool box of available physical methods for in-depths analysis and characterization.

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PHOTOSENSITIZER DEVELOPMENT

TRANSITION METAL PHOTOCHEMISTRY

CATALYSIS WITH EARTH-ABUNDANT METALS

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Below you will find a selection of our team’s most recently published papers. Click on the title or picture for a link to the article. A complete list of the group's research articles can be found here.

Anitha S. Gowda, Tia S. Lee, Michael C. Rosko, Jeffrey L. Petersen, Felix N. Castellano, and Carsten Milsmann

Inorganic Chemistry 2022, available online

Molecular group 14 chromophores with pyridine dipyrrolide ligands show long-lived photoluminescence in solution at and around room temperature due to competing prompt fluorescence and thermally activated delayed fluorescence. Intersystem crossing time constants in the pico- to nanosecond range establish facile access to the triplet manifold.

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Brett M. Hakey, Dylan C. Leary, Lauren M. Lopez, Leyla R. Valerio, William W. Brennessel, Carsten Milsmann, and Ellen M. Matson

Inorganic Chemistry 2022, 61, 6182

Two uranyl complexes, reported in collaboration with the Matson group at the University of Rochester, are the first f-block complexes with pyridine dipyrrolide ligands.

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Brett M. Hakey, Dylan C. Leary, Jin Xiong, Caleb F. Harris, Jonathan M. Darmon, Jeffrey L. Petersen, John F. Berry, Yisong Guo, Carsten Milsmann

Inorganic Chemistry 2021, 60, 18575


The square-planar compound (MesPDPPh)Fe(CPh2) is the first example of an iron carbene complex containing an intermediate-spin iron center. This unique electronic structure gives rise to a paramagnetic ground state with large unquenched orbital angular momentum. The resulting highly anisotropic magnetic properties are established by magnetic susceptibility measurements and applied-field Mössbauer spectroscopy. Computational analysis using the spectroscopy-oriented configuration interaction (SORCI) method provides further insight and reproduces the unusual magnetic behavior of the complex.

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C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry
West Virginia University
Chemistry Research Laboratory 467
100 Prospect Street, Morgantown, WV 26506

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