Department of Chemistry and the College
John Anderson is broadly interested in synthetic inorganic chemistry, with overlap in the areas of biology and physics. His laboratory focuses on the synthesis and characterization of often highly reactive and sensitive complexes, materials, and systems based on transition metals. His research utilizes techniques such as X-ray diffraction, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy, and magnetometry to gain detailed understanding of the electronic structure and bonding of inorganic systems, allowing for new insights and advances. Current areas of research include renewable energy, bioinorganic model complexes, and novel magnetic materials. Anderson is pursuing several strategies to address these issues, such as the design of new bifunctional ligand scaffolds for the activation of carbon oxygen bonds, the exploration of high-valent metal oxo complexes with unusual electronic structures related to photosynthesis, and the development of strong magnetic coupling in porous materials.
Anderson’s research has been recognized with a Young Investigator award from the American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry, a Herbert Newby McCoy Award from the California Institute of Technology, and a Norman H. Nachtrieb Memorial Award from the University of Chicago.
He received his PhD from the California Institute of Technology and BS and MS degrees from the University of Chicago. He also held a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University.