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Stefan Minasian

CSD Staff Scientist; Heavy Element Chemistry Program; Heavy Element Research Laboratory

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
One Cyclotron Road, Mailstop 70A1150
Berkeley, CA 94720
USA

Location:70A-2214E
Telephone:(510) 486-5352
FAX:(510) 486-5596
Email:SGMinasian@lbl.gov
Assistant:

Programs:
Heavy Element Chemistry


Research Centers:

The Glenn T. Seaborg Center
Heavy Element Research Laboratory


Research Interests

Inorganic Synthesis and Spectroscopy. Inorganic chemistry provides an opportunity to meet many of the challenges associated with transforming the United States’ energy program and limiting greenhouse gas emissions. My current research considers how theories of chemical bonding can be leveraged to control the desirable physical properties inorganic compounds that are needed for development of sustainable and renewable energy sources. The work occurs primarily at the interface of coordination chemistry, materials science, and inorganic spectroscopy, and relies on innovative methods to synthesize and characterize compounds that are highly reactive or otherwise difficult to isolate and study. Design of new solid-state materials with desirable physical properties is derived from the unique characteristics of elements spanning the entire periodic table.


Recent Publications

1. New Evidence for 5f Covalency in Actinocenes Determined From Carbon K-edge XAS and Electronic Structure Theory. Minasian, S. G.; Keith, J. M.; Batista, E. R.; Clark, D. L. Kozimor, S. A.; Martin, R. L.; Shuh, D. K.; Tyliszczak, T. Chem. Sci., 2014, 5, 351-359. DOI: 10.1039/c3sc52030g.

2. Carbon K-edge X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy and Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory Examination of Metal-Carbon Bonding in Metallocene Dichlorides. Minasian, S. G.; Keith, J. M.; Batista, E. R.; Kozimor, S. A.; Martin, R. L.; Shuh, D. K.; Tyliszczak, T.; Vernon, L. J. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 14731-14740. DOI: 10.1021/ja405844j.

3. Covalency in Metal–Oxygen Multiple Bonds Evaluated Using Oxygen K-Edge Spectroscopy and DFT. Minasian, S. G.; Keith, J. M.; Batista, E. R.; Boland, K. S.; Bradley, J. A.; Daly, S. R.; Kozimor, S. A.; Lukens, W. W.; Martin, R. L.; Nordlund, D.; Seidler, G. T.; Shuh, D. K.; Sokaras, D.; Tyliszczak, T.; Wagner, G. L.; Weng, T.-C.; Yang, P. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 1864-1871. DOI: 10.1021/ja310223b.

4. Determining Relative f and d orbital Contributions to M–Cl Covalency in MCl62- (M = Ti, Zr, Hf, U) and UOCl51- using Cl K-edge X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy and Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory. Minasian, S. G.; Keith, J. M.; Batista, E. R.; Boland, K. S.; Clark, D. L.; Conradson, S. D.; Kozimor, S. A.; Martin, R. L.; Schwarz, D. E.; Shuh, D. K.; Wagner, G. A.; Wilkerson, M. P.; Wolfsberg, L. E.; Yang, P. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134, 5586-5597. DOI: 10.1021/ja2105015.

5. A Comparison of 4f vs. 5f Metal–Metal Bonds in (CpSiMe3)3M–ECp* (M = Nd, U; E = Al, Ga; Cp* = C5Me5): Synthesis, Thermodynamics, Magnetism, and Electronic Structure. Minasian, S. G.; Krinsky, J. L.; Rinehart, J. D.; Copping, R.; Tyliszczak, T.; Janousch, M.; Shuh, D. K.; Arnold, J. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 13767-13783. DOI: 10.1021/ja904565j.