Inorganic Chemistry: Development of MRI contrast agents; NMR properties of aqueous solutions of paramagnetic ions; fundamental aspects of coupled group/multielectron transfer reactions in solution.
Our research interests are in medicinal inorganic and physical inorganic chemistry and are particularly focused on the development of paramagnetic transition metal complexes with potential uses as MRI contrast agents. These studies involve the synthesis and detailed chemical and physical characterization of small Mn(II), Fe(III), Cu(II), and Cr(III) complexes. We are also interested in the general mechanisms of atom transfer reactions in solution and are studying a number of inorganic atom transfer systems in detail to define the dependence of the reaction kinetics on molecular properties.
- Correlation of Relaxivity with Coordination Number in Six-, Seven-, and Eight- Coordinate Mn(II) Complexes of Pendant-Arm Cyclen Derivatives” S. Wang and T. D. Westmoreland Inorg. Chem. 2009, 48, 719-727.
- “Symmetry Control of Chemical Reactions: Applications to the Berry Pseudorotation of Five-Coordinate Transition Metal Complexes” T. D.. Westmoreland Inorg. Chim. Acta, 2008, 361, 1187-1191..\
- “Electronic Effects on the Rates of Coupled Two-Electron/Halide Self-Exchange Reactions of Substituted Ruthenocenes” T. M. Shea and T. D. Westmoreland Inorg. Chem., 39, 1573-1577 (2000).
- B.S. 1980 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Ph.D. 1985 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill