- Our research is concerned primarily with the chemistry of π-acidic carbenes, which we use as ligands for the stabilization of reactive main group species. Specifically, we utilize these carbenes to stabilize low valent p-block elements, with a focus on generating stable radicals. Stable carbenes can be prepared with a wide array of electronic and steric characteristics, which we can use to tailor the electrochemical and photophysical properties of radicals. Ultimately, we hope to exploit the unique properties of these stable radicals in applications ranging from energy storage to light-emitting materials. We are currently working on the synthesis of stable organic radicals as well as boron, phosphorus, and arsenic-centered radicals.
- In addition to synthesis, which lies at the heart of all of our research projects, our research also involves extensive use of modern characterization techniques including multinuclear NMR and EPR spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, electrochemistry and computational methods (DFT, NBO, AIM).
If you are interested in our research please contact Dr. Hudnall!
Positions available: We are currently accepting highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students, as well as visiting scientists, exchange students, and local high school students.
Postdoctoral positions: We are currently only accepting applications from postdoctoral candidates with their own funding.