Christopher L. Cahill
Christopher L. Cahill
Department Chair, Professor of Chemistry and International Affairs
Hybrid materials, f-element chemistry, Nuclear fuel cycle, X-ray crystallography, and Luminescent materials
Hybrid materials such as coordination polymers and metal-organic frameworks find application in areas as diverse as gas storage, rad-waste immobilization, micro-electronics and catalysis. Those containing lanthanide (Ln) or actinide (An) compositions (aka the ‘f-elements’) are of particular importance to the nuclear fuel cycle and related environmental issues. Further, Ln elements see application in areas from medical imaging to magnetic materials and sensing devices. Synthetic routes for producing these materials often include soft-chemical or molecular design approaches. Soluble molecular precursors or even dense phase minerals provide the structural building units that are induced to assemble via covalent and non-covalent (e.g. hydrogen- and/or halogen- bonding) interactions. Investigation of the properties of these (and other) types of materials is closely related to an understanding of their crystal structures. As such, a major focus of our group is the X-ray structural characterization of large families of both novel and naturally occurring solid-state compounds to establish assembly criteria and structure-property relationships, with a particular emphasis on luminescence behavior.
Chem 1111: General Chemistry I
Chem 1112: General Chemistry II
Chem 4134: Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry
Chem 6235: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
IAFF 6118: The Science of Nuclear Materials
- R. G. Surbella III; L. C. Ducati; K. L. Pellegrini; B. K. McNamara; J. Autschbach; J. M. Schwantes; C. L. Cahill (2017) "Transuranic Hybrid Materials: Crystallographic and Computational Metrics of Supramolecular Assembly." J. Am. Chem. Soc. 139, 10843.
- K. P. Carter; M. Kalaj; R. G. Surbella III; L. C. Ducati; J. Autschbach; C. L. Cahill (2017) "Engaging the Terminal: Promoting Halogen Bonding Interactions with Uranyl Oxo Atoms." Chem. Eur. J., In press.
- M. B. Andrews; C. L. Cahill (2013) "Uranyl bearing hybrid materials: synthesis, speciation and solid state structures." Chem. Rev. 113, 1121.
- C. L. Cahill; D. T. de Lill; M. Frisch (2007) "Homo- and heterometallic coordination polymers from the f elements." CrystEngComm 9, 15.
Ph.D., SUNY-Stony Brook, 1999
Chemistry’s Cahill Elected AAAS Fellow. Christopher Cahill, chair of the CCAS Chemistry Department and a leader in inorganic and materials chemistry, was honored among a distinguished class of scientists, engineers and innovators.