New bifunctional TCNQ-based material

New bifunctional TCNQ based material: [Co(terpy)2](TCNQ)3·CH3CN exhibits a high room temperature conductivity of 0.13 S cm−1 and an anomaly in conductivity at ∼190 K as evidenced by variable temperature structural, magnetic and conductivity studies.

New MnIII-NC-MIII-CN-MnIII complex

New MnIII-NC-MIII-CN-MnIII complexes exhibiting switchable single-molecule magnet (SMM) and exchange-bias behavior depending on the interstitial methanol content.

The strength of HAT(CN)6 as a colorimetric halide sensor

The exceptional π-electron-acceptor strength of HAT(CN)6 renders it an excellent colorimetric halide sensor. It engages in multisite anion interactions, namely, both charge-transfer and anion–π, in solution and the solid state.

High-spin state observed in molecule based on [Mo(CN)7]4- building block

A record-breaking high-spin state is observed in a molecule based on the [Mo(CN)7]4− building block. The anionic nanosized docosanuclear {Mo8Mn14} cluster was the first discrete compound based on [Mo(CN)7]4−.

Leveraging ligand field around dimetal center

Tuning the ligand field around the dimetal center to maximize the photoreactivity and achieve the best photodynamic action.

About us

The Dunbar group conducts research in the area of inorganic chemistry, with an emphasis on coordination chemistry. We strive to elucidate the relationship between molecular structure and physical properties in each specific application of our research. Our projects span the topics of molecular magnetism, anti-cancer compounds, and multifunctional materials with organic radicals. The variety of goals for our research provide the students in this group with the opportunity to expand their chemical knowledge outside the boundaries of their specialty. Students in the Dunbar group gain experience in a wide variety of techniques and instrumentation, including air-free synthesis (glovebox and Schlenk-line), X-ray crystallography, SQUID magnetometry, mass spectrometry, computational chemistry, cell viability assays, electrochemistry, and electronic, EPR, infrared, and NMR spectroscopies.

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Congratulations to Francisco Birk for a great job in defending his dissertation! Congratulations Dr. Birk!

2019-04-25 19:38:46 UTC

Congratulations to David Kempe for a great job in defending his dissertation! Congratulations Dr. Kempe!

2019-04-18 20:23:24 UTC

Francisco received a 2019 Teaching Award from the First Year Program in Chemistry. Congratulations Francisco on a job well done!

2019-04-08 19:11:05 UTC