Phillip Sheridan, PhD Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry

Phillip Sheridan, PhD

PhD, University of Arizona
(716) 888-2347

Teaching Interests

Teaching areas include general and physical chemistry.

Research Interests

Metals play a central role in many chemical systems. For example, metals occupy the active sites of many biologically important molecules and act as catalytic surfaces for hydrogenation and polymerization reactions. Small metal-containing molecules can be synthesized and studied in the gas phase allowing for fundamental bonding and geometric information to be obtained. 

The research in Dr. Sheridan’s group focuses on determining the bonding and geometric properties of small metal-containing molecules using laser spectroscopy.   The molecules of interest are usually highly chemically reactive and consist of a metal atom (for example Ca) bonded to a single ligand (CH3, CCH, NH2, etc.).  The synthesis of these molecules in the gas phase requires extreme conditions (low pressure, plasma, etc.).  To this end, we have constructed a laser-ablation/molecular-jet laser spectrometer system .  We have successfully synthesized and recorded low-resolution laser excitation spectra of CaCCH, CaNH2, CaOH, CaF and other calcium containing radicals in this spectrometer system.  We are currently working to obtain high-resolution spectra of the deuterium substituted analogs of these species in order to investigate geometry changes on electronic excitation.

Laser Ablation/ Molecular Jet Spectrometer System

Laser Ablation/ Molecular Jet Spectrometer System

Dr. Sheridan's group also collaborates with the Ziurys group at the University of Arizona.  We have traveled to Arizona to use the millimeter-wave and Fourrier transform microwave spectrometers to study metal-containing molecules.  Recently we have investigated alkali metal acetylides (MCCH) and hydrosulfides (MSH), including the first gas phase study of KSH.  We have also synthesized IZnCH3 by the gas phase reaction of Zn metal with ICH3.  Experimental evidence suggests that this molecule is formed by zinc insertion into the I-C bond.

Millimeter Wave Spectrometer Ziurys Lab University of Arizona

Recent Publications

"Structural Determination and Gas Phase Synthesis of Monomeric, Unsolvated IZnCH3 (X1A1):  A Model Organozinc Halide”, M. P. Bucchino, J. P. Young*, P. M. Sheridan, L. M. Ziurys, J. Phys. Chem. A, 118, 11204 (2014).

“An Experimental and Ab Initio Study of the Electronic Spectrum of the Jet-Cooled F2BO Radical”, R. Grimminger, P. M. Sheridan, and D. J. Clouthier, J. Chem. Phys. 140, 164302 (2014).

“Trends in Alkali Metal Hydrosulfides:  A Combined Fourier Transform Microwave/Millimeter-Wave Spectroscopic Study of KSH (X1Aʹ)”, M. P. Bucchino, P. M. Sheridan, J. P. Young*, M. K. L. Binns*, D. W. Ewing, and L. M. Ziurys, J. Chem. Phys., 139, 214307 (2013).

 "Fourier Transform Microwave Spectroscopy of LiCCH, NaCCH, and KCCH:  Quadrupole Hyperfine Interactions in Alkali Monoacetylides”, P. M. Sheridan, M. K. L. Binns*, M. Sun, J. Min, M. P. Bucchino, D. T. Halfen and L. M. Ziurys, J. Mol. Spectrosc., 269, 231 (2011).

“Canisius College Summer Science Camp:  Combining Science and Education Experts to Increase Middle School Students’ Interest in Science”, P. M. Sheridan, S. H. Szczepankiewicz, C. R. Mekelburg* and K. M. Schwabel, J. Chem. Educ., 88, 876 (2011).

 *Canisius Student