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Dr. Thomas E Albrecht-Schmitt

Dr. Thomas E Albrecht-Schmitt

Gregory R. Choppin Professor

B.S. Southwest State University, Marshall, MN, 1993 M.S. Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1994 Ph.D. Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1997 Post-Doctoral Associate, University of Illinois, 1997-1998

Contact Information
5003 CSL 850.645.0477
5701 CSL 850.645.0478
Programs of Research
Research Specialities
Solid State Chemistry, Synthesis and Catalysis
3 Graduate; 2 Postdoc; 1 Visiting

Research Interest

My groupís research is focused on the synthesis, structure elucidation, spectroscopy, and structure-property correlations in f element materials. Our development of novel heavy element materials containing elements beyond neptunium is essentially unique in the world. We have a variety of different projects, but all of them begin by developing new synthetic methods that give us access to crystalline compounds. We rely heavily on single crystal X-ray diffraction because the structures of our materials are so complex that they cannot be determined by any other method. The properties that we seek vary widely, but include: 1) selective cation and anion exchange that are used to develop advanced waste forms for radionuclides, 2) long range magnetic ordering in both 4f and 5f compounds, 3) chemical differentiation between rare earth ions that possess very similar chemistry (this has applications in separation technologies), 4) development of noncentrosymmetric materials with both 4f and 5f elements (the applications here are primarily focused on NLO materials), 5) understanding the incorporation of radionuclides into mineral and mineral-like phases, 6) development of materials that are highly resistant to radiation damage, 7) effects of high pressures on the synthesis of new materials and how properties change under extreme conditions.

Some of our major discoveries include the first pertechnetate-selective anion exchange material, the first three oxidation state neptunium compound, the first chemical differentiation between trivalent lanthanides and actinides using oxoanions, and the isolation of several new compounds containing tetraoxoiodate(V).


M. J. Polinski, D. J. Grant, S. Wang, E. V. Alekseev, J. N. Cross, E. M. Villa,W. Depmeier, L. Gagliardi, T. E. Albrecht-Schmitt Differentiating between Trivalent Lanthanides and Actinides Journal of the American Chemical Society 2012, 134, 10682-10692
S. Wang, P. Yu, B. A. Purse, M. J. Orta, J. Diwu, W. H. Casey, B. L. Phillips, E. V. Alekseev, W. Depmeier, D. T. Hobbs, T. E. Albrecht-Schmitt Selectivity, Kinetics, and Efficiency of Reversible Anion Exchange with TcO4− in a Supertetrahedral Cationic Framework Advanced Functional Materials 2012, 22, 2241-2250
M. J. Polinski, S. Wang, E. V. Alekseev, W. Depmeier, G. Liu, R. G. Haire, T. E. Albrecht-Schmitt Curium(III) Borate Reveals Coordination Environments of both Plutonium(III) and Americium(III) Borates Angewandte Chemie, Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 1869-1872
G. B. Jin, E. S. Choi, R. P. Guertin, C. H. Booth, T. E. Albrecht-Schmitt Syntheses, Structure, Magnetism, and Optical Properties of the Ordered Interlanthanide Copper Chalcogenides Ln2YbCuQ5 (Ln = La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm; Q = S, Se): Evidence for Unusual Magnetic Ordering in Sm2YbCuS5 Chemistry of Materials 2011, 23, 1306-1314
J. Diwu, S. Wang, T. E. Albrecht-Schmitt Periodic Trends in Lanthanide and Actinide Phosphonates: Discontinuity between Plutonium and Americium Inorganic Chemistry 2012, 51, 6906-6915