I have published extensively in the field of bioinorganic chemistry and have authored over 130 research publications. In addition, I
am the North American Editor for the International Journal BioMetals. My group generally contains a mix of undergraduates,
graduate students, as well as postdocs. Indeed, I consider the training of graduate students and postdocs for careers in academic
teaching/research institutions to be an important duty. My students have been most successful in this regard with many now holding such
positions. I also bring my extensive international experience, having spent (in total) several years in Europe working with my many
foreign collaborators, which presents possibilities for my students to do work overseas if they wish.
Currently, I have funding from both the NSF and the Dreyfus Foundation and therefore am actively recruiting students to work in my
laboratory. My research interests are wide ranging. In bioinorganic chemistry, these extend from models for zinc,
molybdenum and non-heme iron metalloprotein active sites, to design of metal complexes as artificial restriction enzymes for
molecular biology to the mechanisms of iron transport and storage in microorganisms to the design and synthesis of new
metallodrugs to the study of isotopic fractionation of iron in microorganisms. A recent area of interest is in
marine science and the relationship between harmful algal blooms (the so called red tides) and iron and boron
metabolism in phytoplankton and bacteria symbiotic with them. This is a collaborative project between us and workers at UC Santa
Barbara and at the Scottish Association for Marine Science. Finally, I am interested in materials science and the rational synthesis of
solid state materials using a building block approach.
These projects expose students to a wide range of modern research techniques including X-ray crystallography, NMR, computational
chemistry, natural-products isolation, HPLC, ESI-MS, ICP-MS, molecular biology, electron microscopy, etc. I bring particular
strengths in X-ray crystallography and am in charge of our new CCD based diffractometer. My former students, previous postdocs, and I
have solved over 500 structures, and there will be ample opportunity for any interested students to learn this important technique.
This goes for both the graduate students and the undergraduates. In fact, I had one undergraduate student who solved more than 20
structures and had 13 papers with me when he finished!
I hope this brief outline of my background and interests is helpful. I look forward to hearing from you if you are interested.
- Hartnett, Andrej; Boettger, Lars H.; Matzanke, Berthold F.; et al., A multidisciplinary study of iron transport and storage in
the marine green alga Tetraselmis suecica J. Inorg. Biochem. 2012, 116 188-194.
- Hartnett, Andrej; Boettger, Lars H.; Matzanke, Berthold F.; et al., Iron transport and storage in the coccolithophore:
Emiliania huxleyi Metallomics 2012, 4 1160-1166.
- Boettger, Lars H.; Miller, Eric P.; Andresen, Christian; et al., Atypical iron storage in marine brown algae: a
multidisciplinary study of iron transport and storage in Ectocarpus siliculosus J. Experimental Botany
2012, 63 5763-5772.
- Amin, Shady A.; Green, David H.; Al Waheeb, Dhuha; et al., Iron transport in the genus Marinobacter Biometals
2012, 25 135-147.
- Amin, Shady A.; Green, David H.; Gaerdes, Astrid; et al., Siderophore-mediated iron uptake in two clades of Marinobacter spp.
associated with phytoplankton: the role of light Biometals 2012, 25 181-192.
- Romano, Ariel A.; Hahn, Tobias; Davis, Nicole; et al., The Fe(III) and Ga(III) coordination chemistry of
3-(1-hydroxymethylidene) and 3-(1-hydroxydecylidene)-5-(2-hydroxyethyl)pyrrolidine-2,4-dione: Novel tetramic acid degradation
products of homoserine lactone bacterial quorum sensing molecules J. Inorg. Biochem. 2012, 107
- Cock, J. Mark; Sterck, Lieven; Rouze, Pierre; et al., The Ectocarpus genome and the independent evolution of multicellularity
in brown algae Nature 2010, 465 617-621.
- Huang, Shih-Huang; Watson, William H.; Carrano, Carl J.; et al., Directed Synthesis of the Triangular Mixed-Metal Cluster
H2RhRe2CP*(CO)(9): Ligand Fluxionality and Facile Cluster Fragmentation in the Presence of CO, Halogenated Solvents, and Thiols
Organometallics 2010, 29 61-75.
- Amin SA, Green DH, Kupper FC, et al., Vibrioferrin, an Unusual Marine Siderophore: Iron Binding, Photochemistry, and Biological
Implications Inorganic Chemistry 2009, 48 11451-11458.
- Zhang GP, Amin SA, Kupper FC, et al., Ferric Stability Constants of Representative Marine Siderophores: Marinobactins,
Aquachelins, and Petrobactin Inorganic Chemistry 2009, 48 11466-11473.
- Amin SA, Green DH, Hart MC, et al., Photolysis of iron-siderophore chelates promotes bacterial-algal mutualism Proc. Natl.
Acad. Sci. 2009, 106 17071-17076.
- Carrano CJ, Wang XP, Poola B, et al., alpha-Diimine Ligand Coordination and C-H Bond Activation in the Reaction of
Os-3(CO)(10)(MeCN)(2) with 6-R-2,2'-Bipyridine (where R = Et, Ph): X-ray Diffraction Structures of the Ortho-Metalated Hydride
Clusters HOs3(CO)(9)(N2C10H6-6-R) Journal of Chemical Crystallography 2009, 39 820-826.
- Santillan GA, Carrano CJ, Self assembly of silver(I) coordination polymers formed through hydrogen bonding with a new ditopic
heteroscorpionate ligand Dalton Transactions 2009, 33 6599-6605.
- Santillan GA, Carrano CJ, Self-Assembly of Silver(I) Coordination Polymers Formed through Hydrogen Bonding with Ditopic
Heteroscorpionate Ligands Crystal Growth and Design 2009, 9 1590-1598.
- Carrano JL, Girty GH, Carrano CJ, Re-examining the Egyptian colonial encounter in Nubia through a compositional, mineralogical,
and textural comparison of ceramics Journal of Archaeological Science 2009, 36 785-797.
- Santillan GA, Carrano CJ, Nickel(II), copper(II), and cobalt(II) solid-state structures formed through hydrogen bonding with
ditopic heteroscorpionate ligands Dalton Transactions 2008, 30 3995-4005.
- Poola B, Carrano CJ, Richmond MG, Reaction of 6-methyl-2,2 '-bipyridine with 1,2-Os-3(CO)(10)(MeCN)(2): Syntheses, reductive
elimination/ligand displacement kinetics, and X-ray diffraction structures of the isomeric clusters HOs3(CO)(9)(mu(2)-N2C11H9) and
H2Os3(CO)(8)(mu(3)-N2C11H8) Organometallics 2008, 27 3018-3028.
- Santillan GA, Carrano CJ, zinc, and nickel complexes of a diatopic heteroscorpionate ligand: Building blocks for coordination
polymers Inorganic Chemistry 2008, 47 930-939.
- Harris WR, Amin SA, Kupper FC, et al., Borate binding to siderophores: Structure and stability Journal of the American
Chemical Society 2007, 129 12263-12271.
- Tran BL, Carrano CJ, Oxo-molybdenum(VI,V,IV) complexes of the facially coordinating tris(mercaptoimidazolyl)borate ligand:
Synthesis, characterization, and oxygen atom transfer reactivity Inorganic Chemistry 2007, 46
- Tran BL, Carrano CJ, Synthesis and characterization of heteroscorpionate dioxo-tungsten(VI) complexes Inorganica Chimica
Acta u 2007, 360 1961-1969.
- Manivannan V, Hoffman JT, Dimayuga VL, et al., A comparison of vanadyl acetylacetonate complexes of N2O heteroscorpionate
ligands that vary systematically in donor set Inorganica Chimica Acta 2007, 360 529-534.