Anna Larsen

Anna Larsen

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences
Faculty, Biochemistry

Specialty:Inorganic/Organometallic Chemistry/Ionic liquids
Phone:(607) 274-3473
Office:359 Ctr for Natural Sciences
Ithaca, NY 14850



I graduated from Moscow State University (Russia) with B.S./M.S. degree in Physical Organic Chemistry. My Masters thesis entailed a combination of synthetic studies and computational analyses of the conformational behavior of the biologically relevant di-aza- bicyclo-3.3.1-nonanes. I moved across the globe - to Utah State University where I earned my PhD. degree in organometallic chemistry. My dissertation was titled "Kinetic and Thermodynamic studies of the reactive ruthenium and rhodium cyclopentadienyl nitrosyl comlexes".  I completed two sets of  postdoctoral studies. While working with Professor Chris Reed at the University of Southern California (now at UC-Riverside) I got introduced to the wonders of carborane anion (struture pictured above). At the University of Washington with professor Jim Mayer I learned about powerful ways of studying reaction mechanisms. I also served as a visiting Assistant Professor at Seattle University. In 2003 I joined Ithaca College Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the position of Assistant Professor, where I got tenured and promoted to Associated Professor position in 2009.


My teaching specialty is Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry, along with  General  Chemistry  for science and non-science majors. I also teach general, organic, inorganic and organometallic laboratory classes. In the past I have also taught Instrumental Analysis. I have special interest in computer visualization of difficult concepts in chemistry.   Take a look  at some of the Flash demonstrations (1(H2) , 2  (H2*), H2O 1, H2O 2, H2O 3.) and a poster that IC student Matt Sprague and I developed for Molecular Orbital Theory. 

  • CURRENT COURSES (as of Fall 2013):  Principles of Chemistry (Chemistry 121), Chemistry Laboratory, First Year Seminar "Chemistry as Humanity".
  • Courses taught in the past: Inorganic Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry , Inorganic laboratory ,  Organic laboratory,  Organometallic Chemistry (Senior elective), General Chemistry laboratory,   PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY (chemistry 121), Contemporary Chemical issues (Chemistry 102),   Quantitative Chemistry (Chem 232),  Chemistry and Your Body.


 In our lab we are currently pursuing the following  research projects:

      • low melting ionic salts based on carborane and ortho-carborane anions
      • transition metal electrophilic complexes with weakly-coordinating carborane anions
      • rhodium pincer complexes for alkyne polymerization catalysis (in collaboration with Professor Oleg Ozerov group in Texas A & M)

Please proceed to our research web-site to find out more about these projects. 

Also, see some of the  RESEARCH OVERVIEW POSTERS here (pdf format)and here (ppt format) 


The titles are linked to actual texts.  Undergraduate students' names are in bold.  [For a complete publication list in pdf click here]  

7.  "A Weakly Coordinating Anion as a Tripodal ‘Br3’-Ligand for Platinum(IV): Structure of [(closo-CB11H6Br6)PtMe3]"  De Crisci , A.G.,  Kleingardner, J., Lough, A.J., Larsen, A. and  Fekl, U.  Canadian Journal of Chemistry, accepted for publication

6. "Designing ionic liquids with boron cluster anions: alkyl pyridinium and imidazolium [nido C2B9H11] and [closo-CB11H12] carborane salts" Dymon,J., Wibby,R., Kleingardner,J., Tanski, J.M., Guzei, I.A., Holbrey,
J.D., Larsen,A.S.  Dalton Trans., 2008, in press

5.  "(Glycol-[kappa]^[2]O,O')nitrosyl([eta]^[5]-pentamethylcyclopentadienyl) ruthenium(II) bis(trifluoromethanesulfonate)" S. Munie, A. Larsen and M. Gembicky Acta Cryst. (2008). E64, m293

4. "Di-mu -nitrosyl-bis[( 5-pentamethylcyclopentadienyl)ruthenium(0)](Ru-Ru)"  Pearsal,M., Gembicky,M., Dominiak,P.,Larsen, A., Coppens, P.,  Acta Cryst. (2007). E63, m2596 

3. "Hydrogen Atom Transfer from Iron(II)-tris[2,2'-bi(tetrahydropyrimidine)] to TEMPO: A Negative Enthalpy of
Activation" Mader, E.A.; Larsen, A.S.; Mayer, J.M. J. Am.Chem. Soc, 2004; 126 (26); 8066-8067

2."Non-Organometallic Mechanisms for C-H Bond Oxidation" Mayer, J., Larsen, A., Bryant, J., Wang,
K.,Lockwood, M., Rice, G., Won, T.-J. in ACS Symposium Series "Activation and Functionalization of C-H
Bonds” 2004, edited by Karen Goldberg and Alan Goldman  -->(pdf of chapter 21 alone)

1. "Electron and Hydrogen Atom Self-Exchange Reactions of Iron and Cobalt Coordination Complexes" Yoder,
J.C.; Roth, J.P.; Gussenhoven, E.M.; Larsen, A.S.; Mayer, J.M. J. Am.Chem. Soc. (2003) 125, 2629-2640



(some titles are linked to more detailed pages):


5. Multiple smaller grant awards to the students for summer research support  (including IC Dana Internships, Regional ACS section internships,  and two minority scholar summer internships from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund) and IC summer faculty research grants.

4."Advancing Organometallic Catalysis via Incorporating Weakly-Coordinating Carborane Anions into Cationic Half-Sandwich Electrophilic Complexes" ACS PRF 35K (2006) for 2+ years 

3. "Non-coordinating carborane counterions for cationic organometallic catalysis"  Research Corporation Cottrell College Award 39K (2006) for 2+ years 

2. Co-PI to  National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Grant proposal: Acquisition of an NMR Spectrometer to Support Undergraduate Research and Curriculum Reform 257K (2005) 

1."Design of Ionic liquids based on non-coordinating carborane anions" submitted to Research Corporation - currently under revision. 




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