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 accepted a position at Ithaca College.
My teaching specialty is Inorganic and Organometallic chemistry, along with general and environmental 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. I worked with Matt Sprague,- one of our 2006 graduates ,now at CalTech chemistry Ph.D. program,- to come up with some very interesting ways to illustrate Molecular Orbital Theory. Take a look at some of the Flash demonstrations and a poster that Matt and I developed:
- CURRENT COURSES (as of Fall 2011): Principles of Chemistry (Chemistry 121), Chemistry Laboratory, Capstone Seminar.
- 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 as Humanity, Chemistry and Your Body.
In our lab we are currently focusing on two research areas:
- low melting ionic salts based on carborane and ortho-carborane anions
- transition metal electrophilic complexes with weakly-coordinating carborane anions
Please proceed to our research web-site to find out more about these projects.
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
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
(titles are linked to more detailed pages):
For smaller grants details see page 3 of my current CV.