THE MILSMANN LAB
Inorganic Chemistry Research at West Virginia University
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.
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.
Dylan C. Leary, Jordan C. Martinez, Anitha S. Gowda, Novruz G. Akhmedov, Jeffrey L. Petersen, and Carsten Milsmann
ChemPhotoChem 2023, early view.
Three protonation states of a bulky 2,6-bis(pyrrol-2-yl)pyridine were isolated and structurally characterized. Dimeric and monomeric species were identified depending on solvent polarity and hydrogen bonding capabilities. The photoluminescent properties are highly sensitive to the level of protonation, which attenuates the energies of the HOMO and LUMO.
Dylan C. Leary, Yu Zhang, Jose G. Rodriguez, Novruz G. Akhmedov, Jeffrey L. Petersen, Brian S. Dolinar, and Carsten Milsmann
Organometallics 2023, available online
The synthesis of air- and moisture-stable Zr(PDP)2 photosensitizers proceeds via a cyclometalated intermediate. Extending our previously reported synthesis to hafnium allowed the first report of photoluminescent Hf(PDP)2 complexes.
Dylan C. Leary, Jordan C. Martinez, Novruz G. Akhmedov, Jeffrey L. Petersen and Carsten Milsmann
Chemical Communications 2022, 58, 11917
The photoluminescent eight-coordinate zirconium complex Zr(HPMPH)4 shows dual emission via fluorescence and phosphorescence with an overall quantum efficiency of 4% at room temperature in solution. The phosphorescence lifetime is dependent on concentration, indicating excimer formation at higher concentrations, and reaches almost 800 μs at high dilution.