Our research applies coordination chemistry, which enables the control of geometric and electronic structure at the atomic level, to develop and study functional molecules and materials. Students in our group receive broad training in synthesis, by designing and preparing molecular complexes and coordination solids, as well as in physical methods, by investigating compounds using techniques such as X-ray crystallography, magnetometry, and spectroscopy. More specifically, our research exploits chemical control of spin to synthesize metal-organic radical magnets and magnetic resonance probes that map temperature, redox environment, pH, and ion concentration, and we employ metal-organic frameworks as solid-state matrices to study the structure, bonding, and reactivity of unusual metal complexes relevant to biology and catalysis. For further information about these project areas of interest, please visit the “Research” tab on our website.
Recent group news
June 13, 2017
Postdoctoral associate Carol Hua honored by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI)
Congratulations to our postdoctoral associate Carol Hua for being the recipient of the Cornforth Medal, awarded by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI). An overview of recent awardees is featured in Angewandte Chemie and can be read here.
May 23, 2017
Postdoctoral associate Carol Hua joins the research group
The Harris group welcomes the postdoctoral associate Carol Hua.
February 16, 2017
Graduate student Alex Gaudette receives Kemin Industries 2017 conference travel fellowship
Congratulations to our graduate student Alex Gaudette for receiving Kemin Industries travel fellowship! This conference travel fellowship supports graduate students and postdocs who will attend and give an oral or poster presentation at the upcoming ACS conference in San Francisco.
February 16, 2017
Graduate student Audrey Gallagher receives ACS Women’s Chemistry Committee/Eli Lilly travel grant
Congratulations to our graduate student Audrey Gallagher for receipt of the WCC/Eli Lilly travel grant! This program aims to increase participation of women in chemical science and she will have the opportunity to present her research at the upcoming ACS conference in San Francisco.
February 2, 2017
Graduate student Audrey Gallagher submits her paper about CO binding at a Co-porphyrin site in a MOF
Congratulations to our graduate student Audrey Gallagher who just submitted her paper about CO binding to a four-coordinate cobaltous porphyrin site in a metal-organic framework.
January 20, 2017
Graduate student Jordan DeGayner submits his paper about conductive 2D iron–quinoid magnets
Congratulations to our graduate student Jordan DeGayner who just submitted his paper about 2D conductive Iron-Quinoid Magnets with high ordering temperature.
January 18, 2017
Scholarship awarded to graduate student Agnes Thorarinsdottir
Congratulations to our graduate student Agnes Thorarinsdottir, who has been awarded the Leifur Eiriksson Foundation Scholarship 2017-2018. This one year scholarship, starting in July, is intended to support scholars who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents from U.S. universities for graduate research or study at universities in Iceland, and scholars who are Icelandic citizens or permanent residents from universities in Iceland to conduct research or study at universities in the United States
January 9, 2017
Dave awarded the 2017 PECASE award
Congratulations to Dave, who has been awarded the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Dave was nominated by the Department of Defense. Awardees are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach. The complete White House press release can be read here.