Research Interests

My research projects involve the synthesis and characterization of new compounds with application to materials with novel properties and the development of synthetic methodologies, including green(er) or catalytic processes. The chemistry of both the main group elements and the transition metals is investigated. The use and development of anaerobic techniques are often part of my group's projects.  Modern characterizational techniques, such as multinuclear, (examples: 15N, 29Si, 31P, 27Al and 195Pt), variable-temperature, 2D, 3D and DOSY NMR spectroscopy; MALDI and electrospray mass spectrometry; and X-ray crystallography are used to characterize new compounds. Projects are often collaborative in nature. This provides students with broader training and experience. Selected current and past areas of research include:

  • Phosphazene rings and polymers, including the use of catalysis in their synthesis
  • Superacids
  • Hypervalent, cationic and free radical silicon species
  • Models for biomineralization
  • Metal-based drugs
  • Weakly interactions such as weakly coordinating anions, anion coordination and halogen bonding
  • Carbosilane and polysilane polymers and dendrimers

Descriptions of current projects and a list of recent publications are available at the group web site.

Representative Publications

  1. Eliseeva, T.; Panzner, M. J.; Youngs, W. J.; Tessier, C. A. “Synthesis and characterization of imidazole-triphenylsilane complexes” Organomet. Chem. 2010, 695, 1507-1512.
  2. Tun, Z.-M.; Panzner, Matthew J.; Scionti, V.; Medvetz, D.; Wesdemiotis, C.; Youngs, W. J.; Tessier, C. “Crown Ether Complexes of HPCl5” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 17059-17061.
  3. Bowers, D. J.; Wright, B. D.; Scionti, V.; Schultz, A.; Panzner, M. J.; Twum, E. B.; Li, L.-L.; Katzenmeyer, B. C.; Thome; B. S.; Rinaldi, P. L.; Wesdemiotis, C.; Youngs, W. J.; Tessier, C. A. “Structure and Conformation of the Medium-Sized Chlorophosphazene Rings” Chem. 2014, 53, 17, 8874-8886.
  4. Wagers, P. O.; Shelton, K. L.; Panzner, M. J.; Tessier, C. A.; Youngs, W. J.  Synthesis and Medicinal Properties of Silver-NHC Complexes and Imidazolium Salts.  In N-Heterocyclic Carbenes: Effective Tools for Organometallic Synthesis, Nolan, Steven P. Ed.  Wiley-VCH: Weinheim, Germany, 2014; 151-172.
  5. Wright, B. D.; Deblock, M. C.; Wagers, P. O.; Duah, E.; Robishaw, N. K.; Shelton, K. L.; Southerland, M. R.; DeBord, M. A.; Kersten, K. M.; McDonald, L. J.; Stiel, J. A.; Panzner, M. J.; Tessier, C. A.; Paruchuri, S.; Youngs, W. J.; Anti-tumor activity of lipophilic imidazolium salts on select NSCLC cell lines. Med. Chem. Res. 2015, 24, 2838-2861.
  6. Tun, Z.-M.; Heston, A. J.; Panzner, M. J.; Scionti, V.; Medvetz, D. A.; Wright, B. D.; Johnson, N. A.; Li, L.-L.; Wesdemiotis, C.; Rinaldi, P. L.; Youngs, W. J.; Tessier, C. A.; Group 13 Superacid Adducts of [PCl2N]3. Chem. 2016, 55, 3283-3293.
  7. Thome, B. S.; Snyder, S. R.; Beres, J. M.; Wagers, P. O.; Panzner, M. J.; Wright, B. D.; Youngs, W. J.; Tessier, C. A.; Chlorine/oxygen transfer reactions of [PCl2N]3 using oxygenated Lewis bases as a possible route to [PON]3. Phosphorus, Sulfur Silicon Rel. Elem. 2016, 191, 671-674.