Machan Research Group

Inorganic chemistry focused on catalysis related to energy, electrochemistry, spectroelectrochemistry, and materials chemistry


Position for Postdoctoral Researcher

Thu, 09/06/2018

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Virginia invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the group of Professor Charles W. Machan. The field of study is electrocatalytic small molecule activation by molecular inorganic/organometallic complexes. This research project will include mechanistic studies and synthetic modification of catalysts. The project is highly interdisciplinary and focused on important energy-related problems.

The completion of a Ph.D. in Chemistry or a related field is required by the appointment start date. Candidates are required to have experience in organometallic chemistry, homogeneous catalysis, and/or synthetic inorganic chemistry. Knowledge and proficiency in DFT methods, mechanistic studies, stopped-flow spectroscopies, electrochemical methods, materials characterization, or time-resolved spectroscopic methods are preferred. The project requires strong organizational, communication, and leadership skills as the candidate is expected to play a prominent role in the laboratory as a mentor for both graduate and undergraduate students and assist in the set-up, organization, and maintenance of laboratory equipment. This is a one-year appointment; however, appointments may be renewed an additional one-year increment, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

To apply, visit and search on Posting Number 0623980. Complete a Candidate Profile online and attach the following: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three (3) references.  Review of applications will begin September 16, 2018; however, the position will remain open until filled.

For questions regarding this position, please contact Professor Charles W. Machan at  Further information about Professor Machan and his research may be found at his website:

For questions regarding the application, please contact Rich Haverstrom at

The University of Virginia is fundamentally committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. UVA is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We welcome nominations of and applications from women, members of minority groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities. We also welcome others who would bring additional dimensions of diversity to the university's research and teaching mission. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.

Charles Attends 43rd ICCC Meeting in Sendai, Japan

Sat, 08/04/2018

Charles attended the 43rd International Conference on Coordination Chemistry in Sendai, Japan as an Invited Speaker in a session he co-organized with Prof. Hitoshi Ishida from Kitasato University.

Charles Attends the GRC on Organometallics

Fri, 07/13/2018

Another excllent conference from 07/08 to 07/13 organized by Chair Christine Thomas and Vice Chair Al Barney. Seafood and science!

Collaboration with the Matson Group Published!

Sat, 06/30/2018

Our collaboration with the Matson Group (and Neidig!) has been accepted to Chemical Science! Congratulations to Asa and everyone else involved. Click through if you're interested in characterization of a molecular cluster with bound NO in five different oxidation states.

Machan Group Attends PCET 2018

Fri, 06/15/2018

Asa, Shelby, and Charlie attended the 3rd International Conference on Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer in Blowing Rock, NC (June 10-14). All presented posters and Charles gave a talk entitlted "PCET Reactions of Metal Complexes with Proton-Responsive Ligands in Small Molecule Activation". 

Many thanks to Jillian Dempsey and all the other organizers for a wonderful conference!!!

Lauren's Paper Published!

Wed, 04/11/2018

Lauren's paper, Electrochemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide with a Molecular Polypyridyl Nickel Complex​, has been published in Sustainable Energy & Fuels. Thanks to Arnie Rheingold for help with the single crystal X-ray diffraction studies!

Collaboration with Harman Group Published

Wed, 03/21/2018

In collaboration with the Harman Lab, we have published a paper entitled "Reversible Modulation of the Redox Characteristics of Acid-Sensitive Molybdenum and Tungsten Scorpionate Complexes" in Dalton Transactions. Congratulations to everyone on a productive collaboration! IR-SEC, DFT, thermochemical cycles and more!

Dedicated Large-Scale Electrolysis Station Installed!

Mon, 01/29/2018

A dedicated workstation for large-scale electrolysis experiments has been installed in the lab! A BIologic VSP Bipotentiostat with two 20A/20V boosters ("Indra") is co-located with a dedicated Agilent 7890B GC ("Airavata") for testing and scaling paired electrolysis reactions.

Welcome CC!

Thu, 09/14/2017

Dr. Changcheng 'CC' Jiang has joined the group as a postdoctoral researcher. He completed his graduate work under the supervision of Malcolm Chisolm and Claudia Turro at The Ohio State University. Welcome CC!

Solar Energy Research Center Conference

Wed, 08/16/2017

Charles will be speaking at the Solar Energy Research Center Conference in Charlotte, NC on November 9th, 2017. Thanks to Alex Miller and Jillian Dempsey for organizing!

Welcome Lauren and Brittany!

Wed, 06/28/2017


Welcome to summer researchers Lauren and Brittany! Brittany is a rising 4th year at UVA who is continuing research from the past year and Lauren is an incoming graduate student.



Brittany Huffman


Lauren Lieske

Stopped-Flow Installed and IR-SEC Cell Complete

Wed, 03/01/2017

TgK Stopped-Flow Dual-Mixing UV-Vis and Single-Mixing IR with Cryo Temperature Capability

Custom-Built FTIR Reflectance Spectroelectrochemical Cell

Solvent System is Operational!

Wed, 01/18/2017

Welcome Sayanti!

Wed, 01/18/2017

Sayanti Chatterjee has joined the lab as a postdoctoral researcher. She earned her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry under the supervision of Professor T. K. Paine at the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science in 2016. Welcome Sayanti!

International Conference on Artificial Photosynthesis 2017

Mon, 01/16/2017

Update on Lab Renovations

Sun, 10/16/2016

They are happening!  

First Reaction

Thu, 10/13/2016

Starting off nice and easy with a bromination!