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Eric Brown

Associate Professor, Chemistry/Biochemistry - Boise State University • (208) 426-1186


  • B.S., University of Idaho, 1997
  • Ph.D., Oregon State University, 2002
  • NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Minnesota, 2003-2006

Featured Publications

  • 1. Spiropulos, N.G.; Standley, E.A.; Shaw, I.R.; Ingalls, B.L.; Diebels, B.; Krawczyk, S.V.; Gherman, B.F.; Arif, A.M.; Brown, E.C. “Synthesis of Zinc and Cadmium O-Alkyl Thiocarbonate and Dithiocarbonate Complexes and a Cationic Zinc Hydrosulfide Complex.” Inorg. Chim. Acta 2012, 386, 83-92.
  • 2. Warner, D. L.; Brown, E. C.; Shadle, S. E.; Towns, M. H. “A Rubric for Assessing Student’s Experimental Problem Solving Ability.” J. Chem. Educ. 2012, 89, 319-325.
  • 3. Spiropulos, N. G.; Chingas, G. C.; Sullivan, M.; York, J. T.; Brown, E. C. “Examining the Impact of Steric and Electronic Variation in N2S Scorpionate Ligand on the Properties of Zinc(II) and Cadmium(II) Complexes.” Inorg. Chim. Acta 2011, 376, 562-573.
  • 4. Paviet-Hartmann, P.; Roman, A.; Campbell, K.; Horkley, J.; Brown, E.; Gomez-Aleixandre, A.; Espartero, A. G. “Development of an Extraction Process for the Removal of Technetium 99 from Waste Streams.” International Solvent Extraction Conference Proceedings 2011.
  • 5. Paviet-Hartmann, P.; Horkley, J.; Pak, J.; Brown, E.; Todd, T. “Resorcinarenes and Aza-Crowns as New Extractants for the Separation of Technetium-99.” MRS Proceedings 2009, 1124, 1124-Q10-04.
  • 6. Brown, E. C.; Johnson, B.; Palavicini, S.; Kucera, B. E.; Casella, L.; Tolman, W. B. “Modular Syntheses of Multidentate Ligands with Variable N-Donors: Applications to Tri- and Tetracopper (I) Complexes.” J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans. 2007, 28, 3035-3042.
  • 7. Brown, E.C.; Bar-Nahum, I.; York, J.T.; Aboelella, N.W.; Tolman, W.B. “Ligand Structural Effects on Cu2S2 Bonding and Reactivity in Side-On Disulfido-Bridged Dicopper Complexes.” Inorg. Chem. 2007, 46, 486-496.
  • 8. York, J.T.; Brown, E.C.; Tolman, W.B. “Characterization of Complex Comprising a [Cu2(S2)2]2+ Core: Bis(?-S22-)dicopper(III) or bis(?-S2•-)dicopper(II)?.” Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2005, 44, 7745-7748.
  • 9. Brown, E.C.; York, J.T.; Antholine, W.E.; Ruiz, E.; Alvarez, S.; Tolman, W.B. “[Cu3(?-S)2]3+ Clusters Supported by N-Donor Ligands: Progress Towards a Synthetic Model of the Catalytic Site of Nitrous Oxide Reductase.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 13752-13753.
  • 10. Brown, E.C.; Aboelella, N.W.; Reynolds, A.M.; Aullón, G.; Alvarez, S.; Tolman, W.B. “A New Class of (?-?2:?2-Disulfido)dicopper Complexes: Synthesis, Characterization, and Disulfide Exchange.” Inorg. Chem. 2004, 43, 3335-3337.
  • 11. Gable, K.P.; Brown, E.C. “Rhenium-Catalyzed Epoxide Deoxygenation.” Synlett 2003, 2243-2245.
  • 12. Gable, K.P.; Brown, E.C. “Kinetics and Mechanism for Rhenium-Catalyzed O-Atom Transfer from Epoxides.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2003, 125, 11018-11026.
  • 13. Gable, K.P.; Brown, E.C. “Coordination of a Tethered Epoxide to a Coordinatively Unsaturated Rhenium Oxo Complex.” Organometallics 2003, 22, 3096-3101.
  • 14. Gable, K.P.; Brown, E.C. “Efficient Catalytic Deoxygenation of Epoxides Using [Tris(3,5-dimethylpyrazolyl) hydridoborato]rhenium Oxides.” Organometallics 2000, 19, 944-946.