Aron Huckaba

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  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Organic
213A Chemistry Physics Building
Research Interests:
Research Interests

Research in the Huckaba group will focus on three main areas: metal/dye complexes, catalysts for small molecule transformations, and organic materials to be used in sensors and devices.

Metal/dye Complexes

Our planet has only one energy input: The sun. The Earth receives this energy through sunlight, and we should harvest as much of this energy as possible. Dyes are generally good at absorbing light, due to their molecular structure, and chelating dyes to metal atoms can lead to the formation of novel complexes with new and unusual reactivity patterns or physical properties. Using metal/dye complexes, the energy from visible light will be used to drive chemical reactions, forming fuels or fine chemicals.

Small Molecule Transformation 

How best can we take molecules with relatively inert chemical bonds and use them as reliable reagents? Which conditions are required to most efficiently turn carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into bicarbonate, a food additive, or even carbonate, a natural mineral? Can we rationally design catalysts that select certain inert bonds over others in a complex molecule? We will seek answers to these questions and more in the field of small molecule transformation.

Organic Materials

Organic materials lend our lives many conveniences, through wood and paper products, plastics, and even displays for TVs and tablets. In this line of research, organic materials will be designed and synthesized that self-assemble from solution into solids with useful properties, such as: charge conduction, selective sensing, or electricity generation.



Murray State University, Bachelors of Science in Chemistry with Honors (2011)

The University of Mississippi, Ph.D. in Chemistry (2015)

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2019)

PubMed Publications*: 
  • Peng, L ;Yang, S.;Jawahery, S ;Moosavi, SM ;Huckaba, AJ ;Asgari, M ;Oveisi, E ;Nazeeruddin, MK ;Smit, B ;Queen, WL "Preserving Porosity of Mesoporous Metal-Organic Frameworks through the Introduction of Polymer Guests." Journal of the American Chemical Society 141, 31 (2019): 12397-12405. Details. Full text
  • Huckaba, AJ ;Senes, A ;Aghazada, S ;Babaei, A ;Meskers, SCJ ;Zimmermann, I ;Schouwink, P ;Gasilova, N ;Janssen, RAJ ;Bolink, HJ ;Nazeeruddin, MK "Bis(arylimidazole) Iridium Picolinate Emitters and Preferential Dipole Orientation in Films." ACS omega 3, 3 (2018): 2673-2682. Details. Full text
  • Lee, Y.;Lee, S.;Seo, G ;Paek, S ;Cho, KT ;Huckaba, AJ ;Calizzi, M ;Choi, DW ;Park, JS ;Lee, D.;Lee, HJ ;Asiri, AM ;Nazeeruddin, MK "Efficient Planar Perovskite Solar Cells Using Passivated Tin Oxide as an Electron Transport Layer." Advanced science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany) 5, 6 (2018): 1800130. Details.
  • Drigo, NA ;Paek, S ;Huckaba, AJ ;Schouwink, PA ;Tabet, N ;Nazeeruddin, MK "Approaches for Selective Synthesis of Ullazine Donor-Acceptor Systems." Chemistry (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany) 23, 68 (2017): 17209-17212. Details. Full text
  • McNamara, LE ;Rill, TA ;Huckaba, AJ ;Ganeshraj, V ;Gayton, J ;Nelson, RA ;Sharpe, EA ;Dass, A ;Hammer, NI ;Delcamp, JH "Indolizine-Squaraines: NIR Fluorescent Materials with Molecularly Engineered Stokes Shifts." Chemistry (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany) 23, 51 (2017): 12494-12501. Details. Full text
  • Yusoff, AR Bin Mohd;Huckaba, AJ ;Nazeeruddin, MK "Phosphorescent Neutral Iridium (III) Complexes for Organic Light-Emitting Diodes." Topics in current chemistry (Cham) 375, 2 (2017): 39. Details.
  • Huckaba, AJ ;Yella, A ;McNamara, LE ;Steen, AE ;Murphy, JS ;Carpenter, CA ;Puneky, GD ;Hammer, NI ;Nazeeruddin, MK ;Grätzel, M ;Delcamp, JH "Molecular Design Principles for Near-Infrared Absorbing and Emitting Indolizine Dyes." Chemistry (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany) 22, 43 (2016): 15536-15542. Details. Full text
  • Wu, KL ;Huckaba, AJ ;Clifford, JN ;Yang, YW ;Yella, A ;Palomares, E ;Grätzel, M ;Chi, Y.;Nazeeruddin, MK "Molecularly Engineered Ru(II) Sensitizers Compatible with Cobalt(II/III) Redox Mediators for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells." Inorganic chemistry 55, 15 (2016): 7388-95. Details. Full text
  • Huckaba, AJ ;Yella, A ;Brogdon, P ;Murphy, Scott ;Nazeeruddin, MK ;Grätzel, M ;Delcamp, JH "A low recombination rate indolizine sensitizer for dye-sensitized solar cells." Chemical communications (Cambridge, England) 52, 54 (2016): 8424-7. Details. Full text
  • Liyanage, NP ;Dulaney, HA ;Huckaba, AJ ;Jurss, JW ;Delcamp, JH "Electrocatalytic Reduction of CO2 to CO With Re-Pyridyl-NHCs: Proton Source Influence on Rates and Product Selectivities." Inorganic chemistry 55, 12 (2016): 6085-94. Details. Full text
  • Huckaba, AJ ;Sharpe, EA ;Delcamp, JH "Photocatalytic Reduction of CO2 with Re-Pyridyl-NHCs." Inorganic chemistry 55, 2 (2016): 682-90. Details. Full text
  • Jupally, VR ;Dharmaratne, AC ;Crasto, D ;Huckaba, AJ ;Kumara, C ;Nimmala, PR ;Kothalawala, N ;Delcamp, JH ;Dass, A "Au₁₃₇(SR)₅₆ nanomolecules: composition, optical spectroscopy, electrochemistry and electrocatalytic reduction of CO₂." Chemical communications (Cambridge, England) 50, 69 (2014): 9895-8. Details. Full text
  • Howell, TO ;Huckaba, AJ ;Hollis, TK "An efficient synthesis of bis-1,3-(3'-aryl-N-heterocycl-1'-yl)arenes as CCC-NHC pincer ligand precursors." Organic letters 16, 9 (2014): 2570-2. Details. Full text
  • Huckaba, AJ ;Cao, B ;Hollis, TK ;Valle, HU ;Kelly, JT ;Hammer, NI ;Oliver, AG ;Webster, CE "Platinum CCC-NHC benzimidazolyl pincer complexes: synthesis, characterization, photostability, and theoretical investigation of a blue-green emitter." Dalton transactions (Cambridge, England : 2003) 42, 24 (2013): 8820-6. Details. Full text
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