MoleculesJohn T. York

Dr. John T. York



Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry, University of Minnesota (Graduate Advisor: Prof. William B. Tolman).

B.A. in Secondary Science Education, University of Wyoming.

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University.


Publications (Undergraduate co-authors are underlined).


[1] Geri, J. G.; Pernicone, N. C.; York, J. T. "Comparing the Impact of Different Supporting Ligands on Copper(I)-Ethylene Interactions ." Polyhedron (Special invited edition celebrating the 100th anniversary of Alfred Werner's Nobel Prize in Chemistry) 201352, 207.


[2] Pernicone, N. C.; Geri, J. G.; York, J. T. "Examining the Impact of Ancillary Ligand Basicity on Copper(I)-Ethylene Binding Interactions: A DFT Study." Theoretical Chemistry Accounts 2012, 131, 1105.


[3] Spiropulos, N. G.; Chingas, G. C.Sullivan, M.; York, J. T.; Brown, E. C. "Examining the Impact of Steric and Electronic Variation in N2S Scorpionate Ligands on the Properties of Zinc(II) and Cadmium(II) Complexes." Inorganica Chimica Acta 2011, 376, 562.


[4] Pernicone, N. C.; Geri, J. G.; York, J. T. "Using a Combination of Experimental and Computational Methods to Explore the Impact of Metal Identity and Ligand Field Strength on the Electronic Structure of Metal Ions". Journal of Chemical Education 2011, 88, 1323.


[5] Morris, A. L.; York, J. T. "Quantifying the Electron Donating Strength of Phosphine Ligands". Journal of Chemical Education 2009, 86, 1408-1411.


[6] Lewis, M. E.; Levine, R. M.; York, J. T.; Grubbs, W. T. "A Quick and Accurate Oxygen-Based Pressure-Sensor Assay for Catalase Activity". Journal of Chemical Education 2009, 86, 1227-1230.


[7] Sarangi, R.; York, J. T.; Helton, M. E.; Fujisawa, K.; Karlin, K. D.; Tolman, W. B.; Hodgson, K. O.; Hedman, B.; Solomon, E. I. X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopic and Theoretical Studies on (L)2[Cu2(S2)n]2+ Complexes: Disulfide versus Disulfide(1-)." Bonding.Journal of the American Chemical Society 2008130, 676-686.


[8] Bar-Nahum, I.; York, J. T.; Young, V. G., Jr.; Tolman, W. B."Novel Reactivity of Side-On (Disulfido) Dicopper Complexes Supported by Bi- and Tridentate N-Donors: Impact of Axial Coordination."Angewandte Chemie, International Edition 200847, 533-536.


[9] York, J. T.; Bar-Nahum, I.; Tolman, W. B."Copper-Sulfur Complexes Supported by N-Donor Ligands: Towards Models of the CuZ Site in Nitrous Oxide Reductase."Inorganica Chimica Acta (Special issue in honor of Prof. Edward Solomon), 2008361, 885-893.


[10] York, J. T.; Bar-Nahum, I.; Tolman, W. B."Structural Diversity in Copper-Sulfur Chemistry: Synthesis of Novel Cu-S Clusters through Metathesis Reactions."Inorganic Chemistry 200746, 8105-8107.


[11] York, J. T.; Llobet, A.; Cramer, C. J.; Tolman, W. B."Heterobimetallic Dioxygen Activation: Synthesis and Reactivity of Mixed Cu-Pd and Cu-Pt Bis(m-oxo) Complexes."Journal of the American Chemical Society 2007, 129, 7990-7999.


[12] Brown, E. C.; Bar-Nahum, I.; York, J. T.; Aboelella, N. W.; Tolman, W. B."Ligand Structural Effects on Cu2S2 Bonding and Reactivity in Side-On Disulfido-Bridged Dicopper Complexes."Inorganic Chemistry 200746, 486-496. 


[13] York, J. T.; Young, V. G. Jr.; Tolman, W. B."Heterobimetallic Activation of Dioxygen: Characterization and Reactivity of Novel Cu(I)-Ge(II) Complexes."Inorganic Chemistry200645, 4191-4198.


[14] Aboelella, N. W.; Gherman, B. F.; Hill, L. M. R.; York, J. T.; Holm, N.; Young, V. G. Jr.; Cramer, C. J.; Tolman, W. B."Effects of Thioether Substituents on the O2 Reactivity ofb-Diketiminate-Cu(I) Complexes: Probing the Role of the Methionine Ligand in Copper Monooxygenases."Journal of the American Chemical Society 2006128, 3445-3448.


[15] York, J. T.; Brown, E. C.; Tolman, W. B."Characterization of a Complex Comprising a [Cu2(S2)2]2+ Core: Bis(m-S22-)dicopper(III) or Bis(m‑S2)dicopper(II)?"Angewandte Chemie, International Edition 200544, 7745-7748.


[16] Brown, E. C.; York, J. T.; Antholine, W. E.; Ruiz, E.; Alvarez, S.; Tolman, W. B."[Cu3(m‑S)2]3+ Clusters Supported by N-Donor Ligands: Progress Towards a Synthetic Model of the Catalytic Site of Nitrous Oxide Reductase."Journal of the American Chemical Society2005127, 13752-13753.


[17] Aboelella, N. W.; York, J. T.; Reynolds, A. M.; Fujita, K.; Kinsinger, C. R.; Cramer, C. J.; Riordan, C. G.; Tolman, W. B."Mixed-Metal Bis(m-oxo) Complexes with [CuM(m-O)2]n+ (M = Ni(III) or Pd(II)) Cores."Chemical Communications 2004, 1716-1717. 


[18] York, J. T.; Coalson, R. D.; Dahnovsky, Y."Control of Electron Current by Double-Barrier Structures Using Pulsed Laser Fields."Physical Review B200265, 235321-235329.


[19] York, J. T.; Dahnovsky, Y."The Transfer of an Electron Driven by Laser in Electronic Molecular Devices."Journal of Physical Chemistry B2001105, 8278-8280.




Dr. John T. York
Assistant Professor
Inorganic Chemistry
Ph.D. - University of Minnesota

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