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Associate Professor
Inorganic Chemistry


Department of Chemistry
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA 98225-9150

Office: CB344
Tel: (360) 650-2790
Fax: (360) 650-2826


Curriculum Vitae

Scientist Citizen

B.S. Chemistry, Augustana College, 2000.
Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, University of Oregon, 2005.
Postodoctoral Fellow, Trinity University.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Augustana College.

Scientist Citizen
Scientist Citizen is a new television program that Prof. John Gilbertson is currently developing in collaboration with Western's student-led Chemistry Club. The program aims to introduce chemistry into the local media by training a generation of scientist citizens to communicate their ideas and engage the public outside the classroom setting. For information visit the Scientist Citizen website.

Research Interests
Research in the Gilbertson lab is focused on scientific problems dealing with global climate change and CO2 utilization. Our projects address these issues from very different approaches. My first set of projects involve the integration of active-type (AT) and passive-type (PT) ligand-based reduction principles and motifs for small molecule activation. These projects are synthetic-inorganic in nature specifically aimed at the homogeneous reduction of CO2 into useable feedstocks and fuels. These projects involve the synthesis of coordination compounds composed of earth abundant metals and ligands with reaction directors and redox active sites engineered into both the primary and secondary coordination sphere. My second set of projects is aimed at the heterogeneous hydrogenolysis of cellulose to platform molecules (i.e. sorbitol) with the ultimate goal of aqueous phase reforming of these platform molecules through HDO into useable chemicals and fuels. This project is focused towards the materials side of inorganic chemistry and involves the synthesis of mixed metal phosphide catalysts anchored to a series of supports to optimize the cellulose conversion reactions.

Recent Publications
Erickson, C. S.; Bradshaw, L. R.; McDowall, S. M.; Gilbertson, J. D.; Gamelin, D. R.; Patrick, D. L. Zero-Reabsorption Doped-Nanocrystal Luminescent Solar Concentrators. ACS Nano 2014, 8, 3461-3467.

Benjamin, W. E.; Veit, D. R.; Perkins, M. J.; Bain, E.; Scharnhorst, K.; McDowall, S.; Patrick, D. L.; Gilbertson, J. D. Sterically Engineered Perylene Dyes for High Efficiency Luminescent Solar Concentrators. Chem. Mater. 2014, 26, 1291-1293. Article selected as ACS Editor's Choice.

Thammanogsy, Z.; Breuhuas-Alvarez, A. G.; LeDoux, M.; Seda, T.; Zakharov, L. N.; Gilbertson, J. D. Pyridinediimine Iron Dicarbonyl Complexes with Pendant Lewis Bases and Lewis Acids Located in the Secondary Coordination Sphere. Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2013, 4008-4015. Invited Article for Special Cluster Issue on Small Molecule Activation.

Thammanogsy, Z.; Seda, T.; Zakharov, L. N.; Kaminsky, W.; Gilbertson, J. D. Ligand-Based Reduction of CO2 and Subsequent Release of CO on Iron(II) Inorg. Chem. 2012, 51, 91689170.

Kendall, A. J.; Zakharov, L. N.; Gilbertson, J. D. Synthesis and Stabilization of a Monomeric Iron(II) Hydroxo Complex via Intramolecular Hydrogen Bonding in the Secondary Coordination Sphere Inorg. Chem. 2010, 49, 86568658.

Chandler, B. D.; Long, C.; Gilbertson, J. D.; Pursell, C. J.; Vijayaraghavan, G.; Stevenson, K. J. Enhanced Oxygen Activation over Supported Bimetallic Au-Ni Catalysts J. Phys. Chem. C, 2010, 114,1149811508.

Yau, S. H.; Varnavski, O.; Gilbertson, J. D.; Chandler, B. D.; Ramakrishna, G.; Goodson, T.; An Ultrafast Optical Study of Small Gold Monolayer Protected Clusters: A Closer Look at Emission J. Phys. Chem. C, 2010, 114, 1597915985.


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