The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Faculty Profile

David M. Jenkins

Assistant Professor

09 Buehler Hall
Knoxville, TN 37996-1600
Lab Address:
405 Buehler Hall
Education & Honors:
B.A., Cornell University (2000)
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology (2005)

NSF Graduate Fellow, NSF CAREER Award
Miller Instistute for Basic Research in Science Postdoctoral Fellow

Interdisciplinary Research:
Additional Information:

Our group’s research focuses on inorganic and organic synthesis to develop chemical systems ranging from catalysis to porous frameworks.  We concentrate on two distinct areas of research, both of which are centered around the use of N-heterocycles for their distinctive properties.  The first area is focused on developing macrocyclic tetra N-heterocyclic carbene ligands to stabilize metal-ligand multiple bonds for oxidative group transfer reactions.   The second area we investigate utilizes triazoles and tetrazoles in the development of new frameworks as either ligands in MOFs or for CO2 capture sites within COFs.  To characterize the broad spectrum of materials that we synthesize, we apply a wide variety of analytical techniques including nuclear magnetic resonance and other spectroscopies, mass spectrometry, porosity measurements, and X-ray diffraction, including both powder and single crystal.

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Jenkins completed his B.A. in chemistry from Cornell University in 2000, where he conducted research with Prof. Héctor Abruña on the synthesis and electrochemistry of phenanthroline-based copper complexes. He received his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 2005, under the direction of Prof. Jonas Peters, for his study of low-spin pseudo-tetrahedral cobalt(II) complexes. While at Caltech, Dr. Jenkins synthesized the first cobalt-imide complex. Dr. Jenkins then joined the laboratory of Prof. Jeffrey Long as a Miller Institute for Basic Research postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. His research at U.C. Berkeley focused on the development of pentadentate capping ligands for utilization in single-molecule magnets and other magnetic materials. Dr. Jenkins joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee in 2008.

Representative Publications:

Exploiting a dimeric silver transmetallating reagent to synthesize macrocyclic tetracarbene complexes. Lu, Zheng; Cramer, S. Alan; Jenkins, David M. Chem. Sci. 2012, ASAP.

Atom-Economical C2 + N1 Aziridination: Progress towards Catalytic Intermolecular Reactions Using Alkenes and Aryl Azides.  Jenkins, D. M. Synlett, 2012, 23,1267-1270.

Utilizing a copper MOF as a reagent in a solvent mediated reaction to form a topologically distinct MOF. Murdock, Christopher R.; Lu, Zheng; Jenkins, David M. Dalton Trans. 2012, 41, 7839-7841.

Chloride binding by a polyimidazolium macrocycle detected via fluorescence, NMR, and X-ray crystallography. Do-Thanh, Chi-Linh; Khanal, Neelam; Lu, Zheng; Cramer, S. Alan; Jenkins, David M.; Best, Michael D. Tetrahedron 2012, 68,1669-1673..

Synthesis of Aziridines from Alkenes and Aryl Azides with a Reusable Macrocyclic Tetracarbene Iron Catalyst. Cramer, S.Alan.; Jenkins, David.M. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 19342-19345.

18-Atom-Ringed Macrocyclic Tetra-imidazoliums for Preparation of Monomeric Tetra-carbene Complexes. Bass, Heather.M.; Cramer, S.Alan.; Price, Julia.L.; Jenkins, David.M. Organometallics 2010, 3235-3238.


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