Dr. Michael J. Shaw, Professor of Chemistry
Educator and scientist, Chemistry, at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
2008-present, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at SIUE.
2012-2015, Chair of Chemistry Department
2003-2008, Associate Professor, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, College of Arts and Sciences, Chemistry
1998-2003, Assistant Professor, SIU Edwardsville, College of Arts and Sciences, Chemistry, Inorganic
1996-1998, Lecturer, University of Vermont, Chemistry
1993-1996, Post-doctoral fellow with Geiger group, University of Vermont, Chemistry
1993, Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry, the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
1988, B.Sc. Chemistry (1st class honors with distinction), Mount Allison University, Sackville, N.B. Canada
2011 Paul-Simon Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Award
2006 SIUE Hoppe Research Award
As an ongoing theme in the Shaw group, we are interested in the chemical and electrochemical properties of organometallic compounds in which an alkyne ligand is pi-bound to a metal atom. Our favorite complexes are octahedral d6-metal complexes.
This research has led us to some fruitful collaborations which have allowed us to do in-situ fiber-optic spectroelectrochemistry of species generated at an electrode surface. We can observe these species by mid-IR, near-IR, UV-VIS, and ESR methods, and (when possible) generate larger samples by bulk electrolysis in a drybox. We are also able to study reaction kinetics by cyclic voltammetry and square wave voltammetry with the aid of simulations software such as DigiElch.
The main focus of our current research is a collaboration with the Richter-Addo group at the University of Oklahoma. We are preparing iron and ruthenium porphyrin nitrosyl complexes as structural and electronic models for certain biologically-relevant heme-NO compounds, and will determine what effects govern the formation of pi-cation radicals vs. metal-centered radicals in these systems.