Scott R. Daly

Dr. Scott R. Daly
Associate Professor
W474 CB

B.S., North Central College (2006)
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2010)
Seaborg Postdoctoral Fellow, Los Alamos National Lab (2010-2012)


Inorganic and organometallic chemistry, coordination chemistry, ligand synthesis and design, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, radiochemistry, single-crystal X-ray diffraction.

Research Interests: 

The Daly Group uses coordination chemistry as a means to address fundamental questions relevant to electrochemical CO2 reduction, small molecule transformations and sensing, and nuclear separations. While the applications are quite diverse, our projects are similar in that they rely on the design of new ligands capable of promoting a desired function or property when bound to metals. Students in the group learn to characterize new complexes using a wide range of physical and analytical methods that include multi-nuclear NMR spectroscopy, single-crystal X-ray diffraction, mass spectrometry, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, and electrochemical methods. Our efforts generally fall into one of the following research areas: development of transition metal complexes with non-innocent ligands, XAS investigations of transition metal complexes with diphosphorus ligands, and the synthesis of volatile lanthanide and actinide complexes. Please see our website for additional details.

Recent Publications: 
  • Spielvogel, K. D.;* Luna, J. A.;* Loria, S. M.; Weisburn, L. P.; Stumme, N. C.; Ringenberg, M. R.; Durgaprasad, G.; Keith, J. M.; Shaw, S. K.; Daly, S. R. "The Influence of Multisite Metal-Ligand Cooperativity on the Redox Activity of Noninnocent N2S2 Ligands." Inorg. Chem. 202059, 10845–10853.
  • Lee, K.; Lai, P.; Parveen, R.; Donahue, C. M.; Wymore, M. M.; Massman, B. A.; Vlaisavljevich, B.; Teets, T. S.; Daly, S. R. "Modifying the Luminescent Properties of a Cu(I) Diphosphine Complex Using Ligand-Centered Reactions in Single Crystals." Chem. Commun. 202056, 9110-9113.
  • Lee, K.; Culpepper, J. D.; Parveen, R.; Swenson, D. C.; Vlaisavljevich, B.; Daly, S. R. "Modifying Phosphorus(III) Substituents to Activate Remote Ligand-Centered Reactivity in Triaminoborane Ligands." Organometallics 202039, 2526–2533.
  • Fetrow, T. V.; Bhowmick, R.; Achazi, A. J.; Blake, A. V.; Eckstrom, F. D.; Vlaisavljevich, B.; Daly, S. R. "Chelating Borohydrides for Lanthanides and Actinides: Structures, Mechanochemistry, and Case Studies with Phosphinodiboranates." Inorg. Chem. 202059, 48-61.
  • Lee, K.; Blake, A. V.; Donahue, C. M.; Spielvogel, K. D.; Bellott, B. J.; Daly, S. R. "Quantifying the Interdependence of Metal-Ligand Covalency and Bond Distance using Ligand K-edge XAS." Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 201958, 12451-12455.
  • Goodwin, A. P. C.; Jing, S.; Albrecht-Schmitt, T. E.; Blake, A. V.; Batista, E. R.; Daly, S. R.; Dehnen, S.; Evans, W. J.; Gaunt, A. J.; Kozimor, S. A.; Lichtenberger, N.; Scott, B. L.; Yang, P. " [Am(C5Me4H)3], an Organometallic Am3+ Complex." Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 201958, 11695-11699.
  • Lee, K.;* Blake, A. V.;* Tanushi, A.; McCarthy, S. M.; Kim, D.; Loria, S. M.; Donahue, C. M.; Spielvogel, K. D.; Keith, J. M.; Daly, S. R.; Radosevich, A. T. " Validating the Biphilic Hypothesis of Nontrigonal P(III) Compounds." Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 201958, 6993-6998.
  • Lee, K.; Kim, C.; Buckley, J. L.; Vlaisavljevich, B.; Daly, S. R. " Isolation of Ligand-Centered Borocations in Molybdenum Complexes Containing a Triaminoborane-Bridged Diphosphorus Ligand." Dalton Trans. 201948, 3777-3785.
  • Lee, K.; Kirkvold, C.; Vlaisavljevich, B.; Daly, S. R. "Ligand-Centered Borenium Reactivity in Triaminoborane-Bridge Diphosphine Complexes." Inorg. Chem. 201857, 13188-13200.
  • Blake, A. V.;* Fetrow, T. V.;* Theiler, Z. J.; Vlaisavljevich, B.; Daly, S. R. "Homoleptic Uranium and Lanthanide Phosphinodiboranates." Chem. Commun. 2018, 5602-5605.
  • Lee, K.; Wei, H.; Blake, A. V.; Donahue, C. M.; Keith, J. M.; Daly, S. R. "Measurement of Diphosphine σ-Donor and π-Acceptor Properties in d0Titanium Complexes Using Ligand K-edge XAS and TDDFT." Inorg. Chem. 201857, 10277-10286.