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Aron Huckaba

Research Interests:
Organic Chemistry
Organic Materials
Organometallic Chemistry
Research Interests

Research in the Huckaba group will focus on three main areas: biomimetic metal complexes, organic materials, and hybrid organic/inorganic materials to be used in sensors and devices.

Biomimetic Metal Complexes


Throughout the natural world, oxidation reactions are used by fungi and bacteria to break down otherwise unusable carbonaceous materials into usable food sources. Polysaccharide Monooxygenase (PMO), for instance, selectively oxidizes polysaccharides at pervasive glycosyl bonds. Particulate methane monooxygenase (pMMO) selectively oxidizes methane to methanol. In this research project, we will seek more accurate small-molecule mimics of oxidizing enzyme catalytic sites.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.

Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Materials


In the future, society will need to harvest energy from a variety of sources, and not just the forces of the sun, wind, or hydropower. Vibration, temperature, and motion can also be used to generate power with materials that turn these impulses into electricity. In this line of research, novel ferroelectric and flexoelectric hybrid materials will be developed for sensing, electricity generation, light emission, and more.


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*: 
  • K Wiegman; NJ Briot; JZ Hilt; AJ Huckaba; TD Dziubla"Development of branched polyphenolic poly(beta amino esters) to facilitate post-synthesis processing."Journal of biomedical materials research. Part B, Applied biomaterials(2022):Details. Full text
  • L Peng; S Yang; S Jawahery; SM Moosavi; AJ Huckaba; M Asgari; E Oveisi; MK Nazeeruddin; B Smit; WL Queen"Preserving Porosity of Mesoporous Metal-Organic Frameworks through the Introduction of Polymer Guests."Journal of the American Chemical Society141.31(2019):12397-12405.Details. Full text
  • Y Lee; S Lee; G Seo; S Paek; KT Cho; AJ Huckaba; M Calizzi; DW Choi; JS Park; D Lee; HJ Lee; AM Asiri; MK Nazeeruddin"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.
  • AJ Huckaba; A Senes; S Aghazada; A Babaei; SCJ Meskers; I Zimmermann; P Schouwink; N Gasilova; RAJ Janssen; HJ Bolink; MK Nazeeruddin"Bis(arylimidazole) Iridium Picolinate Emitters and Preferential Dipole Orientation in Films."ACS omega3.3(2018):2673-2682.Details. Full text
  • NA Drigo; S Paek; AJ Huckaba; PA Schouwink; N Tabet; MK Nazeeruddin"Approaches for Selective Synthesis of Ullazine Donor-Acceptor Systems."Chemistry (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany)23.68(2017):17209-17212.Details. Full text
  • LE McNamara; TA Rill; AJ Huckaba; Ganeshraj V; J Gayton; RA Nelson; EA Sharpe; A Dass; NI Hammer; JH Delcamp"Indolizine-Squaraines: NIR Fluorescent Materials with Molecularly Engineered Stokes Shifts."Chemistry (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany)23.51(2017):12494-12501.Details. Full text
  • AR Yusoff; AJ Huckaba; MK Nazeeruddin"Phosphorescent Neutral Iridium (III) Complexes for Organic Light-Emitting Diodes."Topics in current chemistry (Cham)375.2(2017):39.Details.
  • AJ Huckaba; A Yella; LE McNamara; AE Steen; JS Murphy; CA Carpenter; GD Puneky; NI Hammer; MK Nazeeruddin; M Grätzel; JH Delcamp"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
  • KL Wu; AJ Huckaba; JN Clifford; YW Yang; A Yella; E Palomares; M Grätzel; Y Chi; MK Nazeeruddin"Molecularly Engineered Ru(II) Sensitizers Compatible with Cobalt(II/III) Redox Mediators for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells."Inorganic chemistry55.15(2016):7388-95.Details. Full text
  • AJ Huckaba; A Yella; P Brogdon; Scott Murphy; MK Nazeeruddin; M Grätzel; JH Delcamp"A low recombination rate indolizine sensitizer for dye-sensitized solar cells."Chemical communications (Cambridge, England)52.54(2016):8424-7.Details. Full text
  • NP Liyanage; HA Dulaney; AJ Huckaba; JW Jurss; JH Delcamp"Electrocatalytic Reduction of CO2 to CO With Re-Pyridyl-NHCs: Proton Source Influence on Rates and Product Selectivities."Inorganic chemistry55.12(2016):6085-94.Details. Full text
  • AJ Huckaba; EA Sharpe; JH Delcamp"Photocatalytic Reduction of CO2 with Re-Pyridyl-NHCs."Inorganic chemistry55.2(2016):682-90.Details. Full text
  • VR Jupally; AC Dharmaratne; D Crasto; AJ Huckaba; C Kumara; PR Nimmala; N Kothalawala; JH Delcamp; A Dass"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
  • TO Howell; AJ Huckaba; TK Hollis"An efficient synthesis of bis-1,3-(3'-aryl-N-heterocycl-1'-yl)arenes as CCC-NHC pincer ligand precursors."Organic letters16.9(2014):2570-2.Details. Full text
  • AJ Huckaba; B Cao; TK Hollis; HU Valle; JT Kelly; NI Hammer; AG Oliver; CE Webster"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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