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Chemistry Department

Inorganic Chemistry Research

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Faculty members at USNA are not only engaged in the traditional teaching/learning processes typically associated with undergraduate institutions, but they are also a world-class faculty in terms of involvement in research. Midshipmen have many opportunities to participate in research or capstone project courses, especially during the 1st class year. Below are brief summaries of the research interests of the current Inorganic Chemistry faculty at USNA. More detailed summaries for the faculty are found at each faculty member's website (see links below): 

  • Asst. Prof. Matthew Buck

    Research Interests
    Research interests will be added in the near future

  • Asst. Prof. Wesley Farrell

    Research Interests
    Professor Farrell's research focuses primarily on the use of Earth-abundant transition metal complexes to mediate fundamental chemical reactions with applications in organic and polymer synthesis, and to elucidate the mechanisms of these transformations.

  • Assoc. Prof. William B. Heuer.

    Research Interests
    Synthesis and Characterization of electronically-delocalized transition metal complexes and organic dyes exhibiting novel electronic, magnetic and/or optical properties. Studies of supramolecular ("host-guest") complexation of these molecules related to development of materials for non-linear optical, electroluminescent and photovoltaic applications.

  • Assoc. Prof. Joseph F. Lomax

    Research Interests
    Research interests include the synthesis and characterization of solid state electronic materials, such as ion conductors and molecular metals.

  • Assoc. Prof. Amy Roy MacArthur

    Research Interests
    Research focuses on the development of economical metal catalysts to improve the reactivity of compounds with very strong bonds, such as carbon-hydrogen and carbon-chlorine bonds, via concurrent tandem catalysis. The development of catalytic reactions that activate such strong bonds would give scientists access to a wider array of favorable starting materials for the production of fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals, fuels, and novel materials that could have important military applications.

  • Assoc. Prof. Wayne H. Pearson

    Research Interests
    Structure determination using single crystal X-ray diffraction. Current areas of interest include high pressure crystallography of explosives in diamond anvil cells, crystal engineering of mineral systems and electron density determination in small molecules using multipole refinement techniques.

  • Prof. Joyce E. Shade

    Research Interests
    Synthesis and characterization of stereoisomers of transition metal complexes under thermal and photochemical conditions. The identity of the ligands and solvent, reaction temperature and wavelength of the photolysis lamp are investigated as variables which affect the identity and ratio of the products. Reaction progress and product characterization includes multi-nuclear and multi-dimensional NMR, IR and X-ray diffraction.
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