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Timothy P. Hanusa

Professor of Chemistry


In the Hanusa group, we have extensively used rational ligand design to control the reactivity of main-group and transition metal organometallic and coordination complexes, investigated steric effects on the reactivity and magnetic/electrochemical properties of metal complexes, and synthesized precursors to materials with desired electronic/optical properties. In particular, we are developing new syntheses for molecular complexes and nanoparticles that use mechanochemical methods, in which the reagents are ground or milled together, rather than being dissolved in a solvent. This can not only provide compounds that are more highly reactive than those formed in solution, but it offers a “greener”, more environmentally conscious route to synthetic nanochemistry than is usually the case.


Fellow, American Institute of Chemists
Jeffrey Nordhaus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2000

Selected Publications:

Mechanochemically directed metathesis in group 2 chemistry: calcium amide formation without solvent. Speight, IR; Chmely, SC; Hanusa, TP; Rheingold, AL, CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS, 55, 2202-2205 , (2019) View Abstract

Mechanochemically Driven Transformations in Organotin Chemistry: Stereochemical Rearrangement, Redox Behavior, and Dispersion-Stabilized Complexes. Koby, RF; Hanusa, TP; Schley, ND, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 140, 15934-15942 , (2018) View Abstract

Multicomponent Mechanochemical Synthesis of Cyclopentadienyl Titanium tert-Butoxy Halides, CpxTiXy((OBu)-Bu-t)(4-(x+y)) (x, y = 1, 2; X = Cl, Br). Boyde, NC; Steelman, GW; Hanusa, TP, ACS OMEGA, 3, 8149-8159 , (2018) View Abstract

Mechanochemical Influence on the Stereoselectivity of Halide Metathesis: Synthesis of Group 15 Tris(allyl) Complexes. Rightmire, NR; Bruns, DL; Hanusa, TP; Brennessel, WW, ORGANOMETALLICS, 35, 1698-1706 , (2016) View Abstract

Reaction environment and ligand lability in group 4 Cp2MXY (X, Y = Cl, OtBu) complexes. Boyde, NC; Rightmire, NR; Bierschenk, EJ; Steelman, GW; Hanusa, TP; Brennessel, WW, DALTON TRANSACTIONS, 45, 18635-18642 , (2016) View Abstract