Darren W. Johnson

Darren JohnsonProfessor
Inorganic, Organic, Supramolecular, and Materials Chemistry, University of Oregon


B.S., University of Texas, Austin, 1996. 
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2000
Postdoctoral Fellow, The Scripps Research Institute, 2001-03

Honors and Awards

Phi Beta Kappa
NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, 2002-03
NSF CAREER Award, 2006
Research Corporation Cottrell Scholar Award, 2006
University of Oregon Fund for Faculty Members Excellence Award, 2012

Research Interests

Developing strategies to prepare inorganic clusters has attracted research interest due in part to the potential applications of these novel compounds. We have developed several new synthetic methods for preparing discrete inorganic clusters and has used these processes to prepare the first crystalline example of tridecameric Group 13 clusters (Ga13). This synthetic route also yields the analogous tridecameric aluminum complex as well as mixed Ga/In and Al/In tridecameric clusters in preparative scales. We are currently exploring the formation mechanism of this series of clusters by studying their solution dynamics. This information could lead to both the identification of clusters in solution and a predictive strategy for new methods that will yield clusters composed of new metals.

CSMC Research Thrusts

Early Transition Metal Clusters & Films (Lead)
Understanding Structural Evolution/Interdiffusion
Solution Characterization (M13 Clusters)
Dielectrics and Semiconductors

Recent Center Publications

  1. Jackson, M. N., Jr.; Wills, L. A.; Chang, I. Y.; Carnes, M. E.; Scatena, L. F.; Cheong, P. H.; Johnson, D. W., Identifying nanoscale M13 clusters in the solid state and aqueous solution: vibrational spectroscopy and theoretical studies. Inorganic Chemistry 2013, 52, 6187-6192.
  2. Nadarajah, A.; Carnes, M. E.; Kast, M. G.; Johnson, D. W.; Boettcher, S. W., Aqueous solution processing of F-doped SnO2 transparent conducting oxide films using a reactive tin(II) hydroxide nitrate nanoscale cluster. Chemistry of Materials 2013. Article ASAP.
  3. Oliveri, A. F.; Elliott, E. W., 3rd; Carnes, M. E.; Hutchison, J. E.; Johnson, D. W., Elucidating Inorganic Nanoscale Species in Solution: Complementary and Corroborative Approaches. ChemPhysChem 2013. 14(12), 2655-2661.
  4. Oliveri, A. F.; Carnes, M. E.; Baseman, M. M.; Richman, E. K.; Hutchison, J. E.; Johnson, D. W., Single Nanoscale Cluster Species Revealed by 1H NMR Diffusion-Ordered Spectroscopy and Small-Angle X-ray Scattering. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2012, 51, 10992-10996.

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