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Welcome to the Darren Johnson Laboratory

Research in the group explores problems in coordination chemistry and organic synthesis using the relatively new field of supramolecular chemistry as a tool. Research projects include developing specific metal chelators for a variety of toxic and environmentally hazardous metals; using organic reactions to mediate inorganic cluster formation; designing efficient syntheses of nanoscale organic cage structures through supramolecular intermediates; and using multiple weak interactions within small molecule receptors to target environmentally and biologically relevant substrates. The research in the group spans a diverse range of disciplines: organic synthesis of ligands and receptors; inorganic chemistry of supramolecular coordination complexes and inorganic clusters; computer modeling and ligand design; analytical chemistry of metal extractants; solution thermodynamics of host-guest and metal-ligand complexes; and materials science of supramolecular assemblies. The characterization of these nanoscale molecules requires investigation by X-ray crystallography, calorimetry, multidimensional NMR techniques and other spectroscopic methods.

News and Upcoming Events:

Aug 2013: Congratulations on Michelle's Angewandte Paper! Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 52: 10275–10280. doi: 10.1002/anie.201303881

Aug 2013: Congratulations on Jesse's Angewandte Paper! Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 52: 10270–10274. doi: 10.1002/anie.201302929

July 2013: Congratulations on Blake's Chem. Comm. Paper! Chem. Commun., 2013,49, 7240-7242 DOI: 10.1039/C3CC44574G





About Professor Johnson
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B.S., University of Texas, Jonathan Sessler
Ph.D., UC Berkeley, Kenneth N. Raymond
Postdoctoral Research, The Scripps Research Institute, Julius Rebek


Phi Beta Kappa; NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, 2002-03; NSF CAREER Award, 2006; Research Corporation Cottrell Scholar Award, 2006.

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