Positions

Overview

  • Originally South African, received BS(Hons) Rhodes University, Ph.D. University of Cape Town, D.Sc. U. of Witwatersrand, Professor at U of W 1980-93, moved to US 1993, Professor UNCW 2002-present
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2022-01-01 A study of the complexes of Hg(II) with polypyridyl ligands by fluorescence, absorbance spectroscopy, and DFT calculations. The Effect of Ligand Preorganization and Relativistic Effects on Complex StabilityInorg. Chim. Acta.  530:120670. 2022-01-01
    2022-01-01 Evidence for Participation of 4f and 5d Orbitals in Lanthanide Metal-​Ligand Bonding and That Y(III) Has Less of This Complex-​Stabilizing Ability. A Thermodynamic, Spectroscopic, and DFT Study of Their Complexation by the Nitrogen Donor Ligand TPENInorg. Chem..  61:4627-4638. 2022-01-01
    2022-01-01 Two Ligands of Interest in Recovering Uranium from the Oceans. The Correct Formation Constants of the Uranyl(VI) cation with 2,2’-Bipyridyl-6,6’-dicarboxylic acid and 1,10-Phenanthroline-2,9-dicarboxylic acid.Inorg. Chem..  61:9960-9967. 2022-01-01
    2022-01-01 Two Ligands of Interest in Recovering Uranium from the Oceans: The Correct Formation Constants of the Uranyl(VI) cation with 2,2’-Bipyridyl-6,6’-dicarboxylic acid and 1,10-Phenanthroline-2,9-dicarboxylic AcidInorg. Chem..  61:9960-9967. 2022-01-01
    2020-01-01 Exciplex formation as an approach to selective Copper (II) sensorsInorg. Chim. Acta.  506. 2020-01-01
    2020-01-01 Exciplex formation as an approach to selective Copper(II) fluorescent sensorsInorg. Chim. Acta.  Article Number: 119544. 2020-01-01
    2020-01-01 Fluorescence and Metal Binding Properties of the Highly Preorganized Tetradentate Ligand Biphenanthroline, and its Remarkable Affinity for Cadmium(II).Inorg. Chem..  59:13117-13127. 2020-01-01
    2020-01-01 Fluorescence and metal binding properties of the highly preorganized tetradentate ligand 2,2'-Bi-1,10-phenanthroline, and its remarkable affinity for Cadmium (II)Inorg. Chem..  59:13117-13127. 2020-01-01
    2020-01-01 Mono-N-benzyl cyclen, a highly selective multi-functional ‘turn-on’ fluorescent sensor for Pb2+, Hg2+, and Zn2+Polyhedron..  Article Number: UNSP 114366. 2020-01-01
    2020-01-01 Mono-N-benzyl cyclen: A highly selective, multi-functional "turn-on" fluorescence sensor for Pb2+, Hg2+, and Zn2+Polyhedron.  179. 2020-01-01
    2020-01-01 Strategies for a fluorescent sensor with receptor and fluorophore designed for the recognition of heavy metal ionsInorg. Chim. Acta.  499. 2020-01-01
    2020-01-01 Strategies for a fluorescent sensor with receptor and fluorophore designed for the recognition of heavy metal ions.Inorg. Chim. Acta.  Article Number: 119181. 2020-01-01
    2019-01-01 Complexation of Lanthanides and other metal ions by the polypyridyl ligand quaterpyridine: relation between metal ion size, chelate ring size, and complex stabilityInorg. Chim. Acta.  488:19-27. 2019-01-01
    2018-01-01 Exciple Formation and Aggregation Induced Emission in Di-N-benzyl)cyclen and its Complexes – Selective Fluorescence with Lead(II), and as the Cd(II) Complex, with the Chloride IonEur. J. Inorg Chem..  3736-3747. 2018-01-01
    2018-01-01 Exciplex Formation and Aggregation Induced Emission in Di-(N-Benzyl)-cyclen – Selective Fluorescence with Lead(II), and as the Cadmium(II) complex, with the Chloride IonEur. J. Inorg. Chem2018-01-01
    2018-01-01 Indole- based Fluorescence Sensors for both Cations and AnionsInorg. Chim. Acta.  482. 2018-01-01
    2018-01-01 Indole-Based fluorescence sensors for both cations and anionsInorg. Chim.Acta.  482:478-490. 2018-01-01
    2017-07-01 Effects of Anion Coordination on the Fluorescence of a Photo-induced Electron Transfer (PET) Sensor Complexed with Metal IonsPolyhedron.  130:47. 2017-07-01
    2016-01-01 Amidoximes as Ligand Functionalities for Polymeric Materials for the Recovery of Uranium from SeawaterPolyhedron.  109:81-91. 2016-01-01
    2016-01-01 Quantifying the Binding Strength of Salicylaldoxime-Uranyl Complexes Relative to Competing Salicylaldoxime-Transition Metal Ion Complexes in Aqueous Solution: A Combined Experimental and Computational StudyDalton Transactions.  45:9051-9064. 2016-01-01
    2016-01-01 The Highly Preorganized Ligand 1,10-Phenanthroline-2,9-dicarboxylic Acid for the Selective Recovery of Uranium from Seawater in the Presence of Competing Vanadium Species’Inorg. Chem..  55:10818-10829. 2016-01-01
    2015-01-01 Acidity of the Amidoxime Functional Group in Aqueous Solution: A Combined Experimental and Computational StudyJ. Phys. Chem..  119:3567-3576. 2015-01-01
    2015-01-01 Controlling the Fluorescence Response of PET Sensors via the Metal Ion π Contacting Ability of the Fluorophore: Coumarin, a Weaker π ContacterInorg. Chem..  54:9976-9988. 2015-01-01
    2015-01-01 Spectroscopic, Structural, and Thermodynamic Aspects of the Stereochemically Active Lone Pair on Lead(II): Structure of the Lead(II) DOTA complex.Polyhedron..  91:120-127. 2015-01-01
    2015-01-01 Spectroscopic, structural, and thermodynamic aspects of the stereochemically active lone pair on lead (II): Structure of the lead(II)-DOTA complexPolyhedron.  91. 2015-01-01
    2014-08-01 The effect of π-contacts between metal ions and tethered fluorophores on the fluorescence of PET sensors: Implications for sensor design for cations and anionsInorganic Chemistry.  53:9014. 2014-08-01
    2014-01-01 The Effect of π-contacts between Metal Ions and Fluorophores on the Fluorescence of PET Sensors. Implications for Sensor Design for Cations and AnionsInorg. Chem..  53:9014-9026. 2014-01-01
    2014-01-01 The possible role of π-contacts between metal ions and tethered fluorophores in controlling chelation enhanced fluorescence in fluorescent sensors: Implications for sensor design for cations and anionsInorganic Chemistry.  53. 2014-01-01
    2013-10-01 The role of fluorophore-metal interaction in photoinduced electron transfer (PET) sensors: Time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) studyJournal of Physical Chemistry A.  A:133345. 2013-10-01
    2013-09-01 A DFT analysis of the effect of chelate ring size on metal ion selectivity in complexes of polyamine ligandsPolyhedron.  52:284-293. 2013-09-01
    2013-07-01 Do Non-bonded H--H Interactions in Phenanthrene Stabilize it Relative to Anthracene? Some Evidence on this Question, and its Implications for Ligands such as 2,2’-BipyridylJornal of Physical Chemistry.  116:8572-8583. 2013-07-01
    2013-07-01 Mechanism of chelation enhanced fluorescence in complexes of Cadmium(II). and a possible new type of anion sensorChemical Communication.  49:9749. 2013-07-01
    2013-01-01 Complexation of Am(III) and Nd(III) by 1,10-phenthroline-2,9-dicarboxylic acidJournal of Solution Chemistry.  42:211-225. 2013-01-01
    2013-01-01 Metal Ion Size-based Selectivity of the Highly Preorganized Tetradentate Ligand 2,9-Di-(pyrid-2-yl)-1,10-phenanthroline for Metal ions in Aqueous Solution, including Lanthanide(III) ions and the Uranyl CationInorganic Chemistry.  52:15-27. 2013-01-01
    2013-01-01 Selectivity of the highly preorganized tetradentate ligand 2,9-Di- (pyrid-2-yl)- 1,10-phenanthroline for metal ions in aqueous solution, including Lanthanide(III) ions and the uranyl(VI) cation.Inorganic Chemistry.  52:15. 2013-01-01
    2013-01-01 The pyridyl group in ligand design for selective metal ion complexation and sensingChemical Society Reviews.  42:1500-1524. 2013-01-01
    2012-11-01 A DFT Study of the Affinity of Lanthanide and Actinide Ions for Sulfur-donor and Nitrogen-donor Ligands in Aqueous Solution, and some Implications for Ligand DesignInorganica Chimica Acta.  396:101-107. 2012-11-01
    2012-09-01 Mechanism of Turn-on fluoroscent sensors for Mercury (II) in solution, and its implications for ligand designInorganic Chemistry.  51:10904. 2012-09-01
    2012-08-01 Affinity of two Highly Preorganized Ligands for the base metal ions Co(II), Ni(II) and Cu(II). A Thermodynamic, Crystallographic and Fluorometric StudyPolyhedron.  46:139-148. 2012-08-01
    2012-01-01 Metal Ion complexing properties of 2,2’-pyridyl-1,10-phenanthroline, a more Preorganized analogue of Terpyridyl. A Crystallographic, Fluorescence, and Thermodynamic studyInorganic Chemistry.  51:3007-3015. 2012-01-01
    2012-01-01 Synthesis and metal coordination chemistry of (phenyl)(pyridin-2-ylmethyl)phosphinodithioic acid, [2-C5H4N]CH2P(S)(SH)(Ph)Polyhedron.  33:327-335. 2012-01-01
    2011-07-01 The unusual metal ion selectivity of the highly preorganized tetradentrate ligand 1,10-phenanthroline-2,9-dicarboxamide: A thermodynamic and fluorescence studyInorganic Chemistry.  50:8348. 2011-07-01
    2011-03-01 Metal Ion Complexing Properties of a Non-macrocyclic Ligand of the Highest Levels of Preorganization. Dipyridoacridine, a Tridentate 1,10-phenanthroline HomologueInorganic Chemistry.  50:3785-3790. 2011-03-01
    2011-01-01 Complexation of Metal Ions, including Alkali Earth and Lanthanide(III) Ions, in Aqueous Solution by the Ligand Terpy (2,2’,6’,2”-terpyridyl)Inorganic Chemistry.  50:2764-2770. 2011-01-01
    2011-01-01 Metal Ion Selectivities of the Highly preorganized tetradentate ligand 1,10-phenanthroline-2,9-dicarboxamide with Lanthanide(III) ions and some Actinide ionsRadiochimica Acta.  99:161-166. 2011-01-01
    2010-09-01 Synthesis and Reactivity of (Benzoxazol-2-ylmethyl)phosphonic AcidInorganic Chemistry.  49:9369-9379. 2010-09-01
    2010-05-01 Complexes of the highly preorganized ligand PDALC (2,9-bis(hydroxymethyl)-1,10-phenanthroline) with trivalent Lanthanides. A Thermodynamic and Crystallographic StudyInorganica Chimica Acta.  363:3694-3699. 2010-05-01
    2009-03-01 Possible Steric Control of the Relative Strength of Chelation Enhanced Fluorescence for Zinc(II) Compared to Cadmium(II): Metal Ion Complexing Properties of Tris(2-quinolylmethyl)amine, a Crystallographic, UV-Visible, and Fluorometric StudyInorganic Chemistry/American Chemical Society.  48:1407-1415. 2009-03-01
    2009-03-01 Structural, molecular mechanics, and DFT study of cadmium(II) in its crown ether complexes with axially coordinated ligands, and of the binding of thiocyanate to cadmium(II)Inorganica Chimica Acta.  362:1122-1128. 2009-03-01
    2008-11-01 Metal Ion Complexing Properties of the Highly Preorganized Ligand 2,9-bis(Hydroxymethyl)-1,10-phenanthroline: A Crystallographic and Thermodynamic StudyInorganic Chemistry/American Chemical Society.  47:10342-10348. 2008-11-01

    Manuscript

    Year Title Altmetric
    2009-01-01 Complexation of Mercury(I) and mercury(II) by 18­crown­6: Hydrothermal Synthesis of the mercuric Nitrite ComplexInorganic Chemistry. 11724-11733. 2009-01-01
    2009-01-01 Strong Metal Ion Size-based Selectivity of the Highly Preorganized ligand PDA (1,10-phenanthroline-2,9-dicarboxylic acid) with Trivalent Metal Ions. A Crystallographic, Fluorometric, and Thermodynamic StudyInorganic Chemistry. 7853-7863. 2009-01-01
    2009-01-01 The affinity of the highly preorganized ligand 2,9-bis(hydroxy-methyl)-1,10-phenanthroline for metal ions of higher charge. A crystallographic and thermodynamic studyAmerican Chemical Society. 8201-8209. 2009-01-01

    Research Overview

  • Metal ion chemistry in solution, with applications in separation of nuclear isotopes such as Am(III) from other metal ions, and applications of metal ions in medicine and biology.
  • Investigator On

  • # DE-AC05-00OR22725 2016-01-01
  • #CHE- 1565981 2016-01-01
  • Teaching Overview

  • Inorganic chemistry at the senior and graduate level, as well chemistry 101 and 102 teaching
  • Full Name

  • Robert D Hancock