We are a new synthetic and physical inorganic chemistry group at Colorado State University interested in using electronic and nuclear spin control to solve challenges in chemistry. The Zadrozny Lab began its studies in July of 2017, is currently conducting research in the newly constructed chemistry research building. Enthusiastic prospective students and scientists wanting to hear more about our research should contact Joe directly at:  joe.zadrozny@colostate.edu.

Group News

Congratulations Cassidy!


This thursday, group member Cassidy Jackson passed her qualifying exam - the first from our group. Congratulations!

Outstanding Presentation Award


This Saturday, Zadrozny lab member Spencer Johnson received an Outstanding Presentation Award from the 2019 Rocky Mountain Undergraduate Research Conference at Colorado Christian University. Congratulations Spencer!

Welcome Ian and Anthony!


The Zadrozny group welcomes two new graduate students to the lab, Ian Moseley and Anthony Campanella. They are a superb addition to the group, and we are excited to conduct research with them on new projects.

Congratulations to Chun-Yi!


The group’s first publication, with Chun-Yi as the lead author, has just appeared in Chemical Science. The manuscript, “Counterion Influence on Dynamic Spin Properties in a V(IV) Complex” provides a new molecular design principle for metal complexes in potential low-frequency EPR imaging applications. This work was done in collaboration with the lab of Professors Sandra and Gareth Eaton at the University of Denver.

Lab Awarded Funding by NIH!


We are excited to be selected for a R21 Trailblazer award by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. The funding will enable us to explore the possibility of using metal complexes for next generation molecular probes in the field of electron paramagnetic resonance imaging. We are grateful for this support and look forward to the exciting discoveries that will stem from this work!

Zadrozny Group Meeting Schedule - Fall 2018


Interested prospective students are welcome to attend! Current members of the group will be discussing the latest aspects of their research projects in the lab. The group will be meeting Thursdays at 4 pm on selected weeks by the following schedule:

9/20 - Chun-Yi, Controlling Spin via Counterion

10/4 - Cassidy, Toward High-Spin Low-Coordinate Photoredox Catalysis

11/1 - Manny, Using Ligand Design to Enhance 59Co-NMR Thermometry

11/29 - Tyler, Developing Lanthanide-Spin-Induced Radical-Pair Formations of Dithiocarbamates

All meetings are held in Chemistry Research Building, Room 401. Entry is free! (snacks will be accepted).

NSF Financial Support Awarded to the Group!


Our work to explore the low-frequency EPR properties of metal ions was recently selected for funding by the NSF. The financial support of the award will enable the exploration of a strategy to harness the extreme sensitivity of molecule-based electronic spin quantum bits toward new applications in biosensing. The work will be done in collaboration with the EPR center at the University of Denver, and coworkers on this project will get to travel there (and other national EPR facilities) to perform experiments. We are very grateful for this support. Thank you!

C. Michael Elliot Memorial Scholarship Award - Congratulations Cassidy


Today we recognize and congratulate Cassidy for being awarded the C. Michael Elliot Memorial Scholarship Award from the College of Natural Sciences and the Department of Chemistry at CSU. Congratulations, Cassidy!


Welcome Summer 2018 REU Students!


The Zadrozny group welcomes two REU students, Bailey and Spencer, to the lab over the summer. They join the lab to aid in synthesizing low-frequency EPR and temperature dependent cobalt MRI imaging agents.

Interactive Magnetism Demos at Rocky Mountain High School


Today, the lab heads off campus to visit Rocky Mountain High School to talk about molecular magnetism through interactive demos. Below, Cassidy and Tyler demonstrate how dipole moments affect magnetic strength and the formation of magnetite from iron supplements.


Welcome New Students!


The Zadrozny lab welcomes three new graduate students, Cassidy Jackson, Tyler Ozvat, and Manny Pena, to the group. We are excited to bring them aboard! To learn more about them, venture over to personnel section of the site.

Welcome Blake!


The Zadrozny lab welcomes graduate student Blake Gerold, who will work on designing molecules and materials capable of generating nuclear spin hyperpolarization.