Marilyn Olmstead

Marilyn Olmstead

Position Title
Professor Emeritus

1440 Chemistry Annex

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.

Education, Awards and Professional Highlights

  • ACA Fellow (2016)
  • ACS Fellow (2014)
  • Visiting Professor, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2011-2012)
  • Appointed to UC Davis faculty (2003)
  • Specialist, UC Davis (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

  • Maji, R. C., Das, P. P; Bhandari, A.; Mishra, S.; Maji, M.; Ghiassi, K. B.; Olmstead, M. M.; Patra, A. K. Mixed valence copper-sulfur clusters of highest nuclearity: A Cu8 Wheel and Cu16 Nanoball. Chem. Commun. 2017, 53, 3334-3337. DOI: 10.1039/c6cc08301c.
  • Suzuki, M.; Yamada, M.; Maeda, Y.; Sato, S.; Takano, Y.; Uhlik, F.; Slanina, Z.; Lian, Y.; Lu, X.; Nagase, S.; Olmstead, M. M.; Balch, A. L.; Akasaka, T. The Unanticipated Dimerization of Ce@C2v(9)-C82 upon Co-crystallization with Ni(octaethylporphyrin) and Comparison with Monomeric M@C2v(9)-C82 (M= La, Sc, and Y). Chem—A Eur. J. 2016, 22, 18115-18122 DOI: 10.1002/chem.201602595
  • Chen, C.-H.; Abella, L.; Cerόn, M. R.; Guerrero-Ayala, M. A.; Rodríguez-Fortea, A.; Olmstead, M. M.; Powers, X. B.; Balch, A. L.; Poblet, J. M.; Echegoyen, L. A Zigzag Sc2C2Carbide Cluster inside a [88]Fullerene Cage with One Heptagon, Sc2C2@Cs(hept)-C88: A Kinetically-Trapped Fullerene Formed by C2 Insertion? J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 13030-13037. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b07912
  • Fortier, S.; Veleta, J.; Pialat, A.; Le Roy, J.; Ghiassi, K. B.; Olmstead, M. M.; Metta-Magaña, A. J.; Murugesu, M.; Villagran, D. U(bipy)4: A Mistaken Case of U(0)? Chem—A Eur. J. 2016, 22, 1931-1936. DOI: 10.1002/chem.201504982
  • Chen, C.-H.; Aghabali, A.; Metta-Magaña, A. J.; Olmstead, M. M.; Balch, A. L.; Echegoyen, L. Synthesis and Characterization of a trans-1 Hexakis-fullerene Linker that Forms Crystalline Polymers with Silver Salts. Dalt. Trans. 2015, 44, 18487-18491. DOI: 10.1039/C5DT03054D
  • Chen, C.-H.; Ghiassi, K. B.; Cerón, M. R.; Guerrero-Ayala, M. A.; Echegoyen, L.; Olmstead, M. M.; Balch, A. L. Beyond the Butterfly: Sc2C2@C2v(9)-C86, an Endohedral Fullerene Containing a Planar, Twisted Sc2C2 Unit with Remarkable Crystalline Order in an Unprecedented Carbon Cage. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 10116-10119. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b06425
  • Ghiassi, K. B.; Wescott, J.; Chen, S. Y.; Balch, A. L.; Olmstead, M. M. Waves of halogen-halogen bond formation in the cocrystallization of hexabromobenzene and 1,2,4,5-tetrabromobenzene with C70. Cryst. Growth & Des. 2015, 15, 2480-2485. DOI: 10.1021/acs.cgd.5b00256
  • Ghiassi, K. B.; Chen, S. Y.; Wescott, J.; Balch, A. L.; Olmstead, M. M. New Insights into the Structural Complexity of C60•2S8: Two Crystal Morphologies, Two Phase Changes, Four Polymorphs. Cryst. Growth & Des. 2015, 15, 404-410. DOI:10.1021/cg501486x
  • Zhang, Y.; Ghiassi, K. B.; Deng, Q.; Samoylova, N.; Olmstead, M. M.; Balch, A. L.; Popov, A. A. An Unanticipated Discovery: The synthesis and structure of LaSc2N@Cs(hept)-C80 with one heptagon and thirteen pentagons. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2015, 54, 495-499. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201409094