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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

Sustainability Leadership Fellow - Congratulations, Tyler!

May 10, 2019

Congratulations to Tyler who was selected as a 2019-2020 Sustainability Leadership Fellow through the School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES). As a fellow of this program, Tyler will participate in many innovative professional development opportunities to complement and expand the sustainability-driven aspects of his research.

To see more about this program, visit CSU's SOURCE announcement "School of Global Environmental Sustainability announces 2019-20 Sustainability Leadership Fellows"

Summer Fellowships Awarded to Zadrozny Lab Members

April 15, 2019

Two members of the Zadrozny lab were recently awarded funds to support their summer research. Congratulations to both of them, well-deserved!

First, congratulations to PhD student Cassidy, who was awarded a CSU PRSE Summer Fellowship. This fellowship will support her work in studying how specific geometric arrangements of nuclear spins impact the properties of metal-based electronic spins. The funding will also support a trip to the MagLab for experiments at the cutting edge of molecular magnetism.

Second, congratulations to undergraduate Spencer, who was awarded a CSU Energy Institute summer internship. Spencer will spend the summer studying how to control nuclear spin dynamics via synthetic chemistry.

Ph.D. Candidate - Congratulations, Cassidy!

March 14, 2019

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

Outstanding Presentation Award

March 8, 2019

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!

December 7, 2018

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, Chun-Yi!

October 18, 2018

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.

NIH Funding Awarded to the Group!

October 4, 2018

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

September 6, 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!

July 3, 2018

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 - Congratulations, Cassidy!

May 31, 2018

Today we 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!

Award recipients have been posted by CSU SOURCE "Chemistry Scholarship and Award Recipients"

Welcome Summer 2018 REU Students!

May 28, 2018

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

February 22, 2018

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 Cassidy, Tyler, and Manny!

December 4, 2017

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!

July 31, 2017

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