Danna Freedman Assistant Professor

Research Statement

The Freedman group applies the approaches and tools of synthetic inorganic chemistry to understand and overcome fundamental obstacles in physics and energy research. Synthetic inorganic chemistry will be used to target new systems, spectroscopy, crystallography, and magnetometry will be used to probe new compounds, and fundamental ligand field considerations will aid in interpretation of emerging physico-chemical phenomena and to predict new chemistry. Every student in our laboratory has the opportunity to learn synthetic techniques, crystallography, magnetism, and spectroscopy. Specific project areas are magnetism, superconductivity, and quantum computation.

Selected Publications

Fataftah, M. S.; Zadrozny, J. M.; Coste, S. C.; Graham, M. J.; Rogers, D. M.; Freedman, D. E. “Employing Forbidden Transitions as Qubits in a Nuclear Spin-Free Chromium Complex” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016.

Zadrozny, J. M.; Niklas, J.; Poluektov, O. G.; Freedman, D. E. “Millisecond Coherence Time in a Tunable Molecular Electronic Spin Qubit” ACS Central Science 2015, 1, 488–492.

Zadrozny, J. M.; Greer, S. M.; Hill, S.; Freedman, D. E. “A Flexible Iron(II) Complex in which Zero-Field Splitting is Resistant to Structural Variation” Chem. Sci. 2015, 7, 416–423.

Clarke, S. M.; Freedman, D. E.; “(BiSe)1.23CrSe2 and (BiSe)1.22(Cr1.2Se2)2: Magnetic Anisotropy in the First Structurally Characterized Bismuth-Chromium-Selenide Ternary Phases” Inorg. Chem. ASAP DOI:10.1021/ic5029178.

Zadrozny, J. M.; Niklas, J.; Poluektov, O. G.; Freedman, D. E.; “Multiple Quantum Coherences from Hyperfine Transitions in a Vanadium(IV) Complex” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 15841-15844.

Fataftah, M. S.; Zadrozny, J. M.; Rogers, D. M.; Freedman, D. E.A Mononuclear Transition Metal Single-Molecule Magnet in a Nuclear Spin-Free Ligand Environment”Inorg. Chem. 2014,53, 10716–10721.

Graham, M. J.; Zadrozny, J. M.; Shiddiq, M.; Anderson, J. S.; Fataftah, M. S.; Hill, S.; Freedman, D. E.Influence of Electronic Spin and Spin-Orbit Coupling on Decoherence in Mononuclear Transition Metal Complexes” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 7623-7626.
This work was highlighted byJACS! and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory!

Rondinelli, J. R.; Benedek, N. A.;  Freedman, D. E.; Kavner, A.; Rodriguez, E. E.; Toberer, E. S.; Martin, L. W. “Accelerating Functional Materials Discovery”Am. Ceram. Soc. Bull. 2013,92,14.

Selected Honors/Awards

  • NSF CAREER Award
  • A.P. Sloan Research Fellowship
  • Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award in Environmental Chemistry
  • Catalyst Grant Award
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program                                           
  • NSF-American Competitiveness in Chemistry Fellowship