Miriam V. Bennett

Adjunct Professor, Inorganic

Director, Inorganic X-ray Facility

phone: 619-594-6643
email: mbennett@mail.sdsu.edu
Bennett photo

Curriculum Vitae

  • B.S., University of Southern California
  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
  • NIH Postdoc, Harvard University

Research Interests

Issues related to sustainable development and energy consumption will be addressed through synthetic inorganic and materials chemistry.

Clusters containing transition-metal carbide and group-III nitride cores are of interest for their catalytic, magnetic, and optical properties. An expository, systematic, synthetic approach in this undeveloped area of chemistry will result in new families of discrete molecular clusters, whose sizes approach or lie at the nano-scale regime. Potential applications of these clusters include new, more efficient catalysts, photovoltaics, surface coatings, light-emitting diodes, data storage materials, and biomedical imaging agents. In addition to potential applications, these studies will raise and answer fundamental scientific questions regarding bonding and the relationship of molecular clusters to bulk solids which will be of interest to the larger scientific community.

Selected Publications

  1. Harris TD, Bennett MV, Clerac R, et al., ReCl4(CN)22-: A High Magnetic Anisotropy Building Unit Giving Rise to the Single-Chain Magnets (DMF)4MReCl4(CN)2 (M = Mn, Fe, Co, Ni) J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132 3980-3988.
  2. Bennett MV, Holm RH, Self-assembly of a tetradecanuclear iron nitride cluster Angew. Chem.-Int. 2006, 45 5613-5616.
  3. Friedle S, Partyka DV, Bennett MV, et al., Synthesis of metal dithiolene complexes by Si-S bond cleavage of a bis(silanylsulfanyl)alkene Inorg. Chim. Acta 2006, 359 1427-1434.
  4. Bennett MV, Stoian S, Bominaar EL, et al., Initial members of the family of molecular mid-valent high-nuclearity iron nitrides: [Fe4N2X10](4-) and [Fe10N8X12](5-) (X = Cl-, Br-) J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127 12378-12386.