Group News


Members of the group traveled to the Gordon Research Conference on Electron Donor-Acceptor Interactions in Newport, RI. This meeting is a favorite of the group and was the first meeting after 4 years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was great to see old friends, former group members, and see the academic family of Jerry Meyer grow.

Jerry Meyer’s academic family. Featured members include Niharika Dalpati, Byron Farnum, Alex Bredar, Jerry Meyer, Phil Castellano, Amanda Morris, and Matt Kessinger.

Congrats Amanda! PhD!

Congratulations to Amanda Chown for successfully defending her PhD. She is the 3rd PhD student from the group and embark on a journey to New Mexico for a postdoctoral position at Los Alamos National Lab.

Welcome Kallan and Kennedi

We want to welcome two new undergraduate group members for summer research. Kallan Blakemore is a rising senior at Auburn and Kennedi Banks is an REU student from Case Western Reserve University. Best of luck in your summer research!

New Publication – Cr3+ role in CuCrO2 Synthesis

In our latest work by Amanda Chown published in Inorganic Chemistry, we show that Cr3+ acts as a reductant in the hydrothermal synthesis of CuCrO2 from Cu2+ precursors. This synthesis is widely used in the literature to generate CuCrO2 nanocrystals, however, the exact role of Cr3+ as a reductant had never been identified. The information leads to a new stoichiometric ratio of 4:3 Cr:Cu needed to produce pure CuCrO2. Deviations from this can result in side product impurities.