Texas Tech University

Dr. John D. Gorden

Dr. J. Gorden

Title: Associate Professor

Education: B.S. University of Texas at Arlington, 1995
Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, 2001
Postdoctoral Research Associate, The University of California, Berkeley, 2003
Postdoctoral Associate, The University of California, Berkeley, 2003-2005

Research Area: Structural Inorganic Chemistry, Main Group Catalysis, X-Ray Crystallography, Selective Late-Stage Functionalization

Office: CHEM 234A

Phone: 806-834-0044

Email: jgorden@ttu.edu

Google Scholar: John D. Gorden

Principal Research Interests

  • Main Group Catalysis
  • Small Molecule Activation
  • Stabilization of unusual oxidation states


Research in the Gorden group focuses on the rational design of multidentate ligands for the development of new transition metal/main group mediated catalytic reactions as well as the fundamental exploration of organometallic compounds featuring unusual bonding environments and oxidation states. The overarching goal of these studies is to enable correlations to be drawn between structure and the ligand substituents, with an end goal of tailoring and accurately predicting the chemistry of highly reactive metal centers. Such results will have broad ranging significance to coordination chemistry and catalysis and address fundamental questions regarding the nature of bonding and interactions of compounds containing elements in unusual oxidation states.

Selected Gorden Group Publications:

Of > 50 scientific peer-reviewed journal articles, > 40 contributed presentations, and >1100 citations.

  • Julie A Wilson, Zi Jie Lin, Isabelle Rodriguez, Thong Ta, Luke Martz, Dominic Fico, Shanina S Johnson, John D Gorden, Kerri L Shelton, Lauren B King “Synthesis, characterization, and antimicrobial activity of lipophilic N,N′‐bis‐substituted triazolium salts” Journal of Heterocyclic Chemistry 2022, 59 (3), 577-587.
  • D Robinson, J Donovan, SP Spurlin, JD Gorden, RR Karimov “Enantioselective Synthesis of Dihydropyridines Containing Quaternary Stereocenters Through Dearomatization of Pyridinium Salts Other Sources” ACS Catalysis (2020), 10(1), 51-55.
  • P Rajakaruna, JD Gorden, DM Stanbury “Methanesulfonyl Iodide” Inorganic Chemistry 58 (21), 14752-14759.
  • Monteiro, J. S. K; Hiti, Ethan A.; Hardy, E. E.; Wilkinson, G. R; Gorden, J.D.; Gorden, A. E. V; de Bettencourt-Dias, A. "New up-conversion luminescence in molecular cyano-substituted naphthylsalophen lanthanide(iii) complexes", Chemical Communications 2021, Advance Article (https://doi.org/10.1039/D0CC08128K)

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