Dennis Lichtenberger*

Professor Accepting Students

Dennis Lichtenberger*

Professor Accepting Students

Degrees and Appointments 

  • B.S. 1969, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Ph.D. 1974, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Postdoctoral 1974-1976, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Awards and Honors

  • Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS), elected 2016
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), elected 2015
  • Fellow of the Galileo Circle, College of Science, elected 2012
  • Associate Editor, Organometallics, 2008-2014
  • Chair-elect and Chair, Organometallic Subdivision of the Inorganic Division of the ACS, 2010-2011
  • Ninth Annual University Graduate and Professional Education Teaching and Mentoring Award, 2008
  • Coates Lectureship, University of Wyoming, 2006
  • Plenary Lecturer, Taller de Quimica Cinvestav, Mexico City, 2004
  • Faculty of Science Distinguished Teaching Award, 1994

Research Specialties: Chemical Reaction Dynamics/Kinetics/Interactions​, Energy Science, Instrument Development, Spectroscopy/Molecular Structure, Surface and Solid State, Synthesis/Synthetic Methods Development, Theory, Modeling, and Simulation


This research program is exploring and developing new areas of chemical reactivity and catalysis by controlling the movement of electrons. An obvious example is electrocatalysis, which is a central theme of our studies, but in a broader sense all chemical behavior may be viewed as the movement of electrons. This includes the oxidation and reduction processes of metalloenzymes in biology, the selective making and breaking of bonds in industrial catalysis, the transport of electrons in molecular wires, and the interactions of molecules with light. Chemical reactivity and catalysis depend on mechanisms that move electrons from existing bonds in starting materials to new bonds in desired products. Movement of electrons in materials is important to electrical conductivity and optical properties for technological applications. In biology, electron transfer involving active metal sites is central to many life processes. This research provides fundamental information for understanding all of these processes - the clues for solving the many mysteries of electron behavior in chemistry. Read More.

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Faculty Tenure Track Faculty Inorganic Chemistry Physical Chemistry