Linda Doerrer, PhD
Associate Professor
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences
Dept of Chemistry

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Doerrer Group specializes in synthetic inorganic chemistry and is an equal-opportunity element utilizer. The lab currently has two main research thrusts, but there are always spirits of other ideas floating around the lab waiting for the right person to embody them with intelligence, direction, passion, creativity and give them life in publications.

The first research area is the use of highly fluorinated aryloxide and alkoxide ligands for the stabilization of high oxidation states in first-row transition metals. Spectroscopic work strongly suggests that these ligands generate a medium field environment and can serve as fluoride mimics. We have prepared many phenolate and alcholate anions of the form [M(OR)n]m- as well as neutral derivatives, and are investigating their reactivity with a broad spectrum of oxidizing and reducing agents.

The second investigation arena is the bottom-up synthesis of potentially conducting one-dimentional nanowires. The early stages of the project used the fascinating phenomenon of metallophilicity to facilitate assembly. This attractive interaction between electron rich metal centers with filled or pseudo-filled subshells, e.g. d10 Au(I), d8 Pt(II), can be as strong as hydrogen bonding and can act seemingly in opposition to electrostatic forces. We are modifying the so-formed one-atom-wide metal atom chains to have an odd number of spins and investigate their behavior as low-dimensional conductors.

Techniques & Resources:

We have substantial resources and expertise in the handling of oxygen- and water-sensitive compounds including two N2-filled dryboxes (one single and one double-station). We also have our equipment for UV/vis/NIR solution characterization including a dip-probe and electrochemical apparatus as well. The lab contains two temperature-programmable ovens, five Schlenk lines, and a six-solvent SPS station.

Oxidation Catalysis with 3d Complexes Bearing Fluorinated Alkoxide Ligands
06/01/2018 - 05/31/2021 (PI)
National Science Foundation

Lanthanide-Based Polymerization Catalysts with Water Resistant Ligands
01/01/2018 - 08/31/2020 (PI)
American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund

Chemistry Research Addressing Biological Problems
05/01/2016 - 04/30/2019 (Co-PI)
PI: John Snyder, PhD
National Science Foundation

SusChEM: Fluorinated Alkoxide Complexes of Copper for C-X Bond Forming Reactions
08/01/2014 - 07/31/2018 (PI)
National Science Foundation

Development of Earth-Abundant Transition metal Catalysis for Water Oxidation
08/15/2011 - 02/14/2017 (PI)
Department of Energy

03/01/2009 - 12/31/2015 (PI)
University of Texas

REU Site: Fundamental Research in Chemistry Addressing Biological Problems
08/01/2012 - 07/31/2015 (Co-PI)
PI: John Snyder, PhD
National Science Foundation

Fulbright Award 2013-2014
09/16/2013 - 05/31/2014 (PI)
German-American Fulbright Commission

Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
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  1. Brazeau SEN, Norwine EE, Hannigan SF, Orth N, Ivanovic-Burmazovic I, Rukser D, Biebl F, Grimm-Lebsanft B, Praedel G, Teubner M, Rübhausen M, Liebhäuser P, Rösener T, Stanek J, Hoffmann A, Herres-Pawlis S, Doerrer LH. Dual oxidase/oxygenase reactivity and resonance Raman spectra of {Cu3O2} moiety with perfluoro-t-butoxide ligands. Dalton Trans. 2019 May 21; 48(20):6899-6909. PMID: 31038147.
  2. Brazeau SEN, Doerrer LH. Cu(i)-O2 oxidation reactions in a fluorinated all-O-donor ligand environment. Dalton Trans. 2019 Apr 09; 48(15):4759-4768. PMID: 30869674.
  3. Steele JL, Tahsini L, Sun C, Elinburg JK, Kotyk CM, McNeely J, Stoian SA, Dragulescu-Andrasi A, Ozarowski A, Ozerov M, Krzystek J, Telser J, Bacon JW, Golen JA, Rheingold AL, Doerrer LH. Square-planar Co(iii) in {O4} coordination: large ZFS and reactivity with ROS. Chem Commun (Camb). 2018 Oct 23; 54(85):12045-12048. PMID: 30294742.
  4. Beach SA, Doerrer LH. Heterobimetallic Lantern Complexes and Their Novel Structural and Magnetic Properties. Acc Chem Res. 2018 05 15; 51(5):1063-1072. PMID: 29652134.
  5. Sørensen MA, Hansen UB, Perfetti M, Pedersen KS, Bartolomé E, Simeoni GG, Mutka H, Rols S, Jeong M, Zivkovic I, Retuerto M, Arauzo A, Bartolomé J, Piligkos S, Weihe H, Doerrer LH, van Slageren J, Rønnow HM, Lefmann K, Bendix J. Chemical tunnel-splitting-engineering in a dysprosium-based molecular nanomagnet. Nat Commun. 2018 03 29; 9(1):1292. PMID: 29599433.
  6. Fei Y, Iqbal M, Kong SD, Xue Z, McFadden CP, Guillet JL, Doerrer LH, Alp EE, Bi W, Lu Y, Dandamudi CB, Ranganath PJ, Javier KJ, Ahmadian M, Ellison CJ, Johnston KP. Aqueous Superparamagnetic Magnetite Dispersions with Ultrahigh Initial Magnetic Susceptibilities. Langmuir. 2018 01 16; 34(2):622-629. PMID: 29262258.
  7. Nimthong-Roldán A, Guillet JL, McNeely J, Ozumerzifon TJ, Shores MP, Golen JA, Rheingold AL, Doerrer LH. Quasi-1D chains of dinickel lantern complexes and their magnetic properties. Dalton Trans. 2017 May 02; 46(17):5546-5557. PMID: 28252126; DOI: 10.1039/c6dt04535a;.
  8. Hannigan SF, Arnoff AI, Neville SE, Lum JS, Golen JA, Rheingold AL, Orth N, Ivanovic-Burmazovic I, Liebhäuser P, Rösener T, Stanek J, Hoffmann A, Herres-Pawlis S, Doerrer LH. On the Way to a Trisanionic {Cu3 O2 } Core for Oxidase Catalysis: Evidence of an Asymmetric Trinuclear Precursor Stabilized by Perfluoropinacolate Ligands. Chemistry. 2017 Jun 16; 23(34):8212-8224. PMID: 28236333; DOI: 10.1002/chem.201605926;.
  9. Sørensen MA, Weihe H, Vinum MG, Mortensen JS, Doerrer LH, Bendix J. Imposing high-symmetry and tuneable geometry on lanthanide centres with chelating Pt and Pd metalloligands. Chem Sci. 2017 May 01; 8(5):3566-3575. PMID: 30155201.
  10. Baddour FG, Hyre AS, Guillet JL, Pascual D, Lopez-de-Luzuriaga JM, Alam TM, Bacon JW, Doerrer LH. Pt-Mg, Pt-Ca, and Pt-Zn Lantern Complexes and Metal-Only Donor-Acceptor Interactions. Inorg Chem. 2017 Jan 03; 56(1):452-469. PMID: 27936636; DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b02372;.
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