Michael G. Richmond
Professor of Chemistry
University of North Texas, USA
Michael G. Richmond was born in Glen Cove, New York and attended the State University of New York College at Fredonia, from which he received a B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1980. Dr. Richmond next pursued his graduate studies at the University of Alabama under the joint supervision of Drs. Charles U. Pittman, Jr., and David C. Baker. Dr. Richmond received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in December, 1983. After serving as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Jay K. Kochi at Indiana University/University of Houston during the period of September, 1983, to August, 1984, Dr. Richmond accepted an appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Houston. This position was held from September, 1984, to August, 1986, and carried with it the responsibility for the direction of the Kochi laboratory, including complete control over the day-to-day operation, maintenance, and supervision of all graduate and postdoctoral personnel working for Jay K. Kochi. Dr. Richmond accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Texas in 1986. In September of 1992, Dr. Richmond was promoted to Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Texas, followed by promotion to Professor of Chemistry in 1998. Dr. Richmond has also served as the Chair of the Department of Chemistry at UNT from 2007-2009.
My current research interests are broad and centered on the study of P-C bond cleavage reactivity in polynuclear organometallic compounds, fluxional properties of cluster coordinated ligands, OMCVD precursors for use in the manufacture of semiconductor and metallic thin films, carbon dioxide reduction, hydrocarbon activation, organometallic redox reactions, photocatalytic processes employing transition metal compounds, and structure and bonding relationships in organometallic carbonyl and nitrosyl compounds using NMR spin-lattice relaxation measurements (T1) and 17O Quadrupole Coupling Constants (QCC). Computational analysis of fundamental bond activation reactions are currently under investigation.