Marilyn M. Olmstead

Professor Marilyn Olmstead

Professor Marilyn Olmstead

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison

With small molecule X-ray crystallography as the focus, our current program ranges from fullerene chemistry to coordination compounds and bioinorganic chemistry. A central goal is the crystal structure determination of interesting compounds and materials, examination of intermolecular interactions as they are revealed in the solid state and detection of solid state phase transitions. Tools of modern instrumentation are employed such as in the use of synchrotron radiation (ALS) and ultra low (He cryostat, ~ 10 K) temperatures in order to extract the maximum amount of information from the diffraction experiment.
222 Chemistry
(530) 752-6668

Education, Awards and Professional Highlights

  • ACS Fellow (2014)
  • Visiting Professor, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2011-2012)
  • Appointed to UC Davis faculty (2003)
  • Specialist, University of Bern, Switzerland (1997-2003)
  • Visiting Researcher, University of Bern, Switzerland (Summer 1996)
  • Staff Research Associate (X-ray Crystallography), UC Davis (1986-1997)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Davis (1971-1986)
  • Lecturer in Chemistry, UC Davis (1969-1975)
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison (1969)
  • B.A. Reed College (1965)

Representative Publications

  • King, B. T.; Olmstead, M. M.; Baldridge, K. K.; Kumar, B.; Balch, A. L. Attar Gharamaleki, J. Molecular Nesting in Co-crystals of Tetrabenzoquadrannulene and C60: Application of the Sphere in a Cone Model. Chem. Commun.2012, 48, 9882-9884. DOI:10.1039/C2CC34472F
  • Yang, H.; Jin, H.; Wang, X.; Liu, Z.-Y., Yu, M. Zhao, F.; Mercado, B. Q.; Olmstead, M. M.; Balch, A. L. X-ray Crystallographic Characterization of New, Soluble Isomers of the Popular C82 Bucky Cage. Isolation and Structural Characterization of Sm@C3v(7)-C82 and Sm@C2(5)-C82. J. Am. Chem. Soc.2012, 134, 14127-14136. DOI:10.1021/ja304867j
  • Yang, H.; Yu, M.; Liu, Z.; Beavers, C. M.; Olmstead, M. M.; Balch, A. L. Single Samarium Atoms in Large Fullerene Cages. Characterization of Two Isomers of Sm@C92 and Four Isomers of Sm@C94 with the X-ray Crystallographic Identification of Sm@C1(42)-C92, Sm@Cs(24)-C92 and Sm@C3v(134)-C94. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 10933-10934. DOI:10.1021/ja302859r
  • Chen, N.; Beavers, C. M.; Mulet-Gas, M.; Rodriguez-Fortea, A.; Munoz, E. J.; Li, Y.-Y.; Olmstead, M. M.; Balch, A. L.; Poblet, J. M., Echegoyen, L. Sc2S@Cs(10528)-C72: A Dimetallic Sulfide Endohedral Fullerene with a Non Isolated Pentagon Rule Cage. J. Am. Chem. Soc.2012, 134, 7851-7860. DOI:10.1021/ja300765z
  • Khaledi, H., Olmstead, M. M., Mohd Ali, H., Thomas, N. F. Indolenine meso-Substituted Dibenzotetraaza[14]annulene and its Coordination Chemistry toward the Transition Metal Ions, MnIII, FeIII, CoII, NiII, CuII and PdII. Inorg. Chem. accepted.
  • Olmstead, M. M., Boyce, D. W., Bria, L. E. Di-m-oxido-bis[(1,4,8,11-tetraazacyclotetradecane-k4-N, N',N", N'")dimanganese(III,IV)]bis(tetraphenylborate)chloride acetonitrile disolvate. Acta Cryst.2011, E67, m824-m825. DOI:10.1107/S16005.36811019829
  • Levaton, B. B., Olmstead, M. M. Incorporation of m3-CO3 into an MnIII/MnIV Mn12 cluster: {(cyclam)MnIV(m-O)MnIII(H2O)(m-OH)]6(m3-CO3)2}Cl8x24H2O. Acta Cryst.2010, E66, m1226-m1227. DOI:10.1107/S1600536810034999
  • Beavers, C.M.; Jin, H.; Yang, Z.; Wang, Z; Wang, X.; Ge, H.;Liu, Z-Y.; Mercado, B. Q.; Olmstead, M. M.; Balch, A. L. Very Large, Soluble Endohedral Fullerenes in the Series La2C92 to La2C134: Isolation and Crystallographic Characterization of a La2@D5(450)-C100. J. Am. Chem. Soc.2011, 133, 15338-15341. DOI:10.1021/ja207090e
  • Franco, J. U., Hammons, J. C., Rios, D., Olmstead, M. M. New Tetraazaannulene Hosts for Fullerenes. Inorg. Chem.2010, 49, 5120-5125. DOI:10.1021/ic1002513