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Design, Synthesis, and Reaction Chemistry of Metallocenes and Organometallic Materials


US Air Force Academy, Chemistry Research Center

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13.04.03.B7467 US Air Force Academy, CO 808406200


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Gary James Balaich 719.314.6007


The structure of the ligand framework surrounding d and f block metals is a key factor that affects the stoichiometric and catalytic reactivity of organometallic complexes as well as the properties of materials incorporating organometallic subunits. Substituted fulvenes are versatile synthons for this framework and are under investigation in our laboratory in four areas of research emphasis: (1) the synthesis and reactivity of ansa-metallocenes by reductive coupling of substituted fulvenes, (2) the synthesis and reactivity of un-bridged metallocene complexes derived from substituted fulvenes, (3) the synthesis and reactivity of metal fulvene complexes, and (4) the incorporation of or use of substituted fulvenes in the synthesis of polymeric and supramolecular materials with metal bound subunits. Research in any of these areas will include the use of in-house equipment for inert atmosphere work and instrumentation for spectroscopic and other analyses. Laboratory facilities in the Department of Chemistry include a Vacuum Atmospheres dry box, solvent purification system, and several vacuum line systems. Instrumentation for structural characterization is available in the department’s instrumentation facility and includes two NMR spectrometers, a single crystal X-ray diffractometer (Bruker CCD platform system with low temperature accessory), FTIR spectrometers, a CHNS combustion analyzer, thermal analysis instrumentation (TGA-DTA, DSC, and DMA), and a GPC system (PL GPC-220 system with triple+ detector system).


Fulvenes; Metallocenes; Ansa-metallocenes; Catalysis; Polymers; Reductive; Coupling; Supramolecular; Metals;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$76,542.00 $4,000.00

$3,000 Supplement for Doctorates in Engineering & Computer Science

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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