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Chantal Stieber focuses her work on solving problems through complementary efforts in synthetic inorganic chemistry, spectroscopy and computational chemistry. Currently her lab is looking at ways to remove pollutants from the environment and use them as feedstocks in chemical synthesis for pharmaceuticals or making plastics.


The team is working to synthesize bidentate N-heterocyclic carbene complexes with first row transition metals and expand the scope of X-ray emission spectroscopy to allow for identification of small molecules (e.g. NO, NO1-, NO2-) bound to transition metal centers. Results of this work will be applied to understanding how biological systems, such as soil bacteria, reduce and capture airborne pollutants.


Recent Grants and Fellowships:

  • Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation,  Henry Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award, $75,000 (2021-2026)
  • National Science Foundation, CAREER Grant + supplement, “Quantifying Nitrogen-Oxide (NO) Activation and Coordination Modes through Syntheses, Spectroscopy and Computations,” $499,224 (2019-24)
  • Co-PI: U.S. Department of Education, Student Success and Transfer Articulation through Research and Support Services – An HSI STEM Transformation Project (Project STARS), $5,000,000 (2021-2026)
  • National Science Foundation, Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), Computational Research allocation, teaching allocation, and Campus Champion, cumulative > $100,000 equivalent (2015-present)
  • Provost’s Award for Scholarly and Creative Activities, 2021
  • CSU Agricultural Research Institute, Campus Funding, “Nickel Catalysts for Mitigating Denitrification and Agricultural Pollutants,” $55,000 (2021-2022)
  • CSU Agricultural Research Institute, Campus Funding, “Iron and Nickel Catalysts for Mitigating Denitrification and Agricultural Pollutants,” $83,452 (2020-2021)
  • Department of Defense, Research and Education Program for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCU/MI) Equipment/Instrumentation Grant, “A Single Crystal X-ray Diffractometer for Collaborative Teaching and Research at an Undergraduate Institution,” $599,077 (2017)
  • CSUPERB, New Investigator Grant, $15,000 (2017)
  • Wall of COOL Teaching Award, 2017

Selected Publications:

  • With P.N. Phu, C. Gutierrez, S. Kundu, D. Sokaras, T. Kroll and T.H. Warren, “Quantification of Ni–N–O Bond Angles and NO Activation by X-ray Emission Spectroscopy,” Inorganic Chemistry, 2020
  • With C. McMahon, K. Choquette, and E. Gray, “Remote Supergroup for Chemistry Undergraduates: An Inclusive Scientific Community for Primarily Undergraduate Institutions,” ChemRxiv, 2022 10.26434/chemrxiv-2022-wn4hs
  • Computational Methods in Organometallic Chemistry, Reference Module in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering, Elsevier, 2021, ISBN 9780124095472, (Link)
  • With T. Trieu-Tran, S.N. Martinez, J.P. Brannon, and A. John, Acta Cryst, E78, 2022 (Link)
  • With C.M. McMahon, K.A. Choquett and E.E. Gray, “Remote Supergroup for Chemistry Undergraduates,” Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research, 2020
  • With J.P. Brannon, D. Ramirez, G.A. Williams, Y. Barding and K.M. Liu, “Teaching Crystallography by Determining Small Molecule Structures and 3-D Printing: An Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory Module,” Journal of Chemical Education, 2020
  • With D. Williams and J.P. Brannon,  “A five-coordinate cobalt bis­­(di­thiol­ene)–phosphine complex [Co(pdt)2(PTA)] (pdt = phenyl dithiolene; PTA = 1,3,5-tri­aza-7-phosphaadamantane),” Crystallographic Communications, 2020,
  • With J. Bower, A. Cypcar, B. Henriquez and S. Zhang, “C(sp3)-H Fluorination with a Copper(II)/(III) Redox Couple.” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2020,
  • With D. Smiles, E.R. Batista, C.H. Booth, D.L. Clark, J.M. Keith, R.L. Martin, S. Minasian, S.A. Kozimor, D. Shuh and T. Tyliszczak, “The Duality of Electron Localization and Covalency in Lanthanide and Actinide Metallocene,” Chemical Science, 2020!divAbstract
  • With P.O. Peterson, S.M. Rummelt, B.M. Wile and H. Zhong, “Direct Observation of Transmetallation from a Neutral Boronate Ester to a Pyridine(diamine) Iron Alkoxide,” Organometallics, 2020
  • With S. Kundu, P.N. Phu, P. Ghosh, S.A. Kozimor, J.A. Bertke and T.H. Warren, “Nitrosyl Linkage Isomers: NO Coupling to N2O at a Mononuclear Site,” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2019


B.S., Chemistry, Whitman College

M.S., Chemistry, Cornell University

Ph.D., Chemistry, Princeton University


German and English (fluent), Mandarin (conversational)

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