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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
The Boss

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

Awards

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

 Favorite Color
 Burnt Orange

Favorite Food

Barbeque