Matthew Shores Professor, Department Chair

Office: Chemistry Research 213

Phone: (970) 491-7235



  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley


Our lab uses the tools of synthetic inorganic chemistry to understand and ultimately control electron spin at the molecular level. Our efforts address fundamental questions in inorganic and coordination chemistry, but directly pertain to applications in chemical sensing, magnetic / electronic materials and solar photoconversion. We employ a broad range of synthesis and characterization techniques, with emphasis on X-ray crystallography and the measurement of magnetic properties. Our group contributes to and benefits from strong research relationships. Our work in molecular magnetism and solar photoconversion have provided opportunities for collaboration with groups focused on photophysical measurements (Niels Damrauer at CU Boulder) and computational chemistry (Tony Rappé at CSU). These efforts both validate and push the boundaries of modern electronic structure theory. In addition, we collaborate with several groups to help characterize and interpret the magnetic properties of their novel compounds. Selected representative publications are listed below. For a complete publication list and more details about our lab's research, please see our group website.