Research Interests of David A. Shultz
Our research program involves molecular design and structure-property studies of open-shell molecules and molecular assemblies, with an emphasis on bis(semiquinone)s and their metal complexes. In particular, we are interested in:
- Rules for Linker-modulated exchange / superexchange coupling and spin-polarization in high-spin molecules,
- Effect of conformation on exchange coupling,
- Correlation of delocalization in mixed-valent oxidation states with exchange in S > 1/2 oxidation states,
- Preparation of multispin molecules with new and interesting properties including valence tautomerism ,
- Magnetic properties and zero-field splitting of metal complexes of paramagnetic and mixed-valent ligands,
- Preparation and magnetic properties of paramagnetic ligand-containing coordination polymers.
- Preparation of new single-molecule magnets.
The Research Experience
Students working in the group can gain experience in many or all of the following areas:
- all types of chemical synthesis (organic, inorganic, organometallic),
- spectroscopy (nuclear magnetic resonance, infrared, electron paramagnetic resonance , UV-Vis, etc.),
- x-ray crystallography,
- molecular modeling,
- computational chemistry,
- surface chemistry,
- materials chemistry.
We acknowledge and thank the National Science Foundation for continued support of our work.