T. David Harris Assistant Professor

Research Statement

Our research employs a coordination chemistry approach to develop functional inorganic molecules and materials. Students in the Harris 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. Our current interests lie in three main areas: (1) the design of high-spin transition metal clusters as MRI contrast agents, (2) the stabilization of reactive species and small-molecule catalysis in metal-organic frameworks, and (3) the synthesis of strongly-coupled one-dimensional coordination magnets.

Selected Publications

Anderson, J. S.; Gallagher, A. T.; Mason, J. A.; Harris, T. D. “A Five-Coordinate Heme Dioxygen Adduct Isolated within a Metal-Organic Framework” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 10.1021/ja5103103.

Demir, S.; Jeon, I.-R.; Long, J. R.; Harris, T. D. “Radical Ligand-Containing Single-Molecule Magnets” Coord. Chem. Rev. 2014, in press.

Jeon, I.-R.; Park, J. G.; Haney, C. R.; Harris, T. D. “Spin Crossover Iron(II) Complexes as PARACEST MRI Thermometers” Chem. Sci. 2014, 5, 2461-2465.

Jeon, I.-R.; Park, J. G.; Xiao, D. J.; Harris, T. D. “An Azophenine Radical-Bridged Fe2 Single-Molecule Magnet with Record Magnetic Exchange Coupling” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 16845-16848.

Harris, T. D.; Betley, T. A. “Multi-Site Reactivity: Reduction of Six Equivalents of Nitrite to Give an Fe6(NO)6 Cluster with a Dramatically Expanded Octahedral Core” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 13852-13855.

Harris, T. D.; Coulon, C.; Clérac, R.; Long, J. R. “Record Ferromagnetic Exchange Through Cyanide and Elucidation of the Magnetic Phase Diagram for a CuIIReIV Chain Compound” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 123-130.

Harman, W. H.; Harris, T. D.; Freedman, D. E.; Fong, H.; Chang, A.; Rinehart, J. R.; Ozarowski, A.; Sougrati, M. T.; Grandjean, F.; Long, G. J.; Long, J. R.; Chang, C. J. “Slow Magnetic Relaxation in a Family of Trigonal Pyramidal Iron(II) Pyrrolide Complexes” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 18115-18126.

Harris, T. D.; Bennett, M. V.; Clérac, R.; Long, J. R. “[ReCl4(CN)2]2–:  A High Magnetic Anisotropy  Building Unit Giving Rise to the Single-Chain Magnets (DMF)4MReCl4(CN)2 (M = Mn, Fe, Co, Ni)” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 3980-3988.


Selected Honors/Awards

  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2014-2019
  • U. S. Army Research Office Young Investigator Program, 2014-2017
  • Associated Student Government Faculty Honor Roll, 2013
  • ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Young Investigator Award, 2011