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Dr. Naresh Dalal

Dr. Naresh Dalal

Dirac Professor

Ph.D. (1984) University of British Columbia

Contact Information
2004 CSL 850.644.3398
2700 CSL 850.644.3387
Programs of Research
Research Website
Research Specialities
Chemistry of Materials, Solid State Chemistry
1 Graduate; 1 Postdoc

Research Interest

Our research focus lies in both the synthesis and characterization of new materials exhibiting novel or improved properties, using experimental as well as theoretical techniques.

Research goals include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • study of physical properties of very high spin clusters, with novel magnetic properties
  • development of new materials (superconductors, highly correlated electron spin systems, molecular magnets, ferroelectrics, etc.)
  • understanding of structure-property relationships using experimental measurements together with quantum alculations
  • development of novel applications or improvement of existing instrumental methods (e.g., magnetic susceptibility, specific heat, Raman spectroscopy, high field EPR probe design, NMR methods)

Our overall approach is to undertake cradle-to-grave projects which begin with the synthesis of novel compounds and their applications, including:

  • developing materials with novel electronic and physical properties using single crystals
  • measuring physical properties of lattice (i.e., NMR, magnetism, heat capacity, dielectric constant, spectroscopy, etc.)
  • interpreting results in theoretical/applied terms

Many of the properties of interest are electromagnetic in character. Important properties include:

  • quantum magnets
  • electric (ferroelectricity, resistance, conductivity, etc.)
  • quantum computation
  • magnetic transitions (paramagnetism, magnetic susceptibility, magnetic moment, etc.)
  • thermodynamic (heat capacities, transport effects, entropy changes, etc., under high magnetic fields)

Many types of instrumental methods are employed to measure properties of interest and to explore the underlying microscopic mechanisms. Sometimes the use of a certain method requires modification of the existing apparatus or even the development of a new one. For instance we are in the final stages of developing a 3.3 tesla EPR probe for our quantum design PPMS. In addition to these in-house instruments, collaboration with NHMFL allows for the use of high field instruments for ENDOR, DOR, MAS, MQMAS, STM, EPR, and AFM.



Xu, N.; Christian, J. H.; Dalal, N. S.; Abucayon, E. G.; Lingafelt, C.; Powell, D. R.; Richter-Addo, G. B., Six-coordinate ferric porphyrins containing bidentate N-t-butyl-N-nitrosohydroxylaminato ligands: structure, magnetism, IR spectroelectrochemisty, and reactivity. Dalton Trans. 2015, 44 (46), 20121-20130
Ramachandran, V.; van Tol, J.; McKenna, A. M.; Rodgers, R. P.; Marshall, A. G.; Dalal, N. S., High Field Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Characterization of Electronic and Structural Environments for Paramagnetic Metal Ions and Organic Free Radicals in Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Tar Balls. Anal. Chem. 2015, 87 (4), 2306-2313
Kinyon, J. S.; Clark, R.; Dalal, N. S.; Choi, E. S., Ferroelectricity in the gapless quantum antiferromagnet NH4CuCl3. Physical Review B 2015, 92 (14)
Gutsev, L. G.; Dalal, N. S.; Gutsev, G. L., Structure and Properties of a (CdSe)(6)@(CdSe)(30) Cluster Doped with Mn Atoms. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2015, 119 (11), 6261-6277
Fu, R.; Gunaydin-Sen, O.; Chiorescu, I.; Dalal, N. S., NMR detection of dynamical processes in antiferroelectric nanoclusters during the order-disorder transition in NH4H2AsO4. Physical Review B 2015, 91 (14)
Abhyankar, N.; Bertaina, S.; Dalal, N. S., On Mn2+ EPR Probing of the Ferroelectric Transition and Absence of Magnetoelectric Coupling in Dimethylammonium Manganese Formate (CH3)(2)NH2Mn(HCOO)(3), a Metal-Organic Complex with the Pb-Free Perovskite Framework. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2015, 119 (50), 28143-28147
Samuel, P. P.; Neufeld, R.; Mondal, K. C.; Roesky, H. W.; Herbst-Irmer, R.; Stalke, D.; Demeshko, S.; Meyer, F.; Rojisha, V. C.; De, S.; Parameswaran, P.; Stueckl, A. C.; Kaim, W.; Christian, J. H.; Bindra, J. K.; Dalal, N. S., Cr(I)Cl as well as Cr+ are stabilised between two cyclic alkyl amino carbenes. Chemical Science 2015, 6 (5), 3148-3153
Samuel, P. P.; Mondal, K. C.; Sk, N. A.; Roesky, H. W.; Carl, E.; Neufeld, R.; Stalke, D.; Demeshko, S.; Meyer, F.; Ungur, L.; Chibotaru, L. F.; Christian, J.; Ramachandran, V.; van Tol, J.; Dalal, N. S., Electronic Structure and Slow Magnetic Relaxation of Low-Coordinate Cyclic Alkyl(amino) Carbene Stabilized Iron(I) Complexes. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136 (34), 11964-11971
Samuel, P. P.; Mondal, K. C.; Roesky, H. W.; Hermann, M.; Frenking, G.; Demeshko, S.; Meyer, F.; Stueckl, A. C.; Christian, J. H.; Dalal, N. S.; Ungur, L.; Chibotaru, L. F.; Proepper, K.; Meents, A.; Dittrich, B., Synthesis and Characterization of a Two-Coordinate Manganese Complex and its Reaction with Molecular Hydrogen at Room Temperature. Angewandte Chemie-International Edition 2013, 52 (45), 11817-11821
Martens, M.; van Tol, J.; Dalal, N. S.; Bertaina, S.; Barbara, B.; Tsukerblat, B.; Mueller, A.; Garai, S.; Miyashita, S.; Chiorescu, I., Anisotropy of the molecular magnet V-15 spin Hamiltonian detected by high-field electron spin resonance. Physical Review B 2014, 89 (19)
Kweon, J. J.; Fu, R.; Steven, E.; Lee, C. E.; Dalal, N. S., High Field MAS NMR and Conductivity Study of the Superionic Conductor LiH2PO4: Critical Role of Physisorbed Water in Its Protonic Conductivity. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2014, 118 (25), 13387-13393
Gao, Y.; Zhai, Q.; Barrett, R.; Dalal, N. S.; Kroto, H. W.; Acquah, S. F. A., Piezoelectric enhanced cross-linked multi-walled carbon nanotube paper. Carbon 2013, 64, 544-547
Gao, Y.; Li, S.; Zhao, B.; Thai, Q.; Lita, A.; Dalal, N. S.; Kroto, H. W.; Acquah, S. F. A., A synergistic approach to light-free catalysis using zinc oxide embedded multi-walled carbon nanotube paper. Carbon 2014, 77, 705-709
Dalal, N. S.; Murillo, C. A., The usefulness of EPR spectroscopy in the study of compounds with metal-metal multiple bonds. Dalton Trans. 2014, 43 (23), 8565-8576
Besara, T.; Choi, E. S.; Choi, K. Y.; Kuhns, P. L.; Reyes, A. P.; Lemmens, P.; Berger, H.; Dalal, N. S., Spin dynamics and magnetoelectric properties of the coupled-spin tetrahedral compound Cu2Te2O5Cl2. Physical Review B 2014, 90 (5)