Eckenhoff Research Group - Inorganic Chemistry

Memphis Group
Left to Right, Top Row: Robbie Musicante ('23), Peyton Crest ('25), Scott Wicker ('22), Alex Hemphill ('23), Stefan Jean-Francois ('22). Bottom Row: Madeleine Davis ('22), Emma Dove ('23), Mary Rose Rutledge (22'), Will Eckenhoff, Jared Briant ('22), Daniel Graham ('25), and Wasif Abdullah ('24)

Group News:

Prof. Eckenhoff was interviewed in a discussion about the future of renewable hydrogen energy by Steve Hill, CEO of NewHydrogen.

Check it out: link to video podcast

Eckenhoff lab published a paper entitled "Hydrogen Production Using a Nickel Catalyst Combining Redox Activity and Pendent Base Effects" in Inorganic Chemistry, with 10 current or former lab students! This publication was years in the making, but worth the wait!

Congratulations to Emma Dove for winning the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Award in Inorganic Chemistry! This is in recognition of Emma's terrific performance in the inorganic chemistry class, excellence in research, and future plans of pursuing inorganic chemistry in graduate school and UNC Chapel Hill.

Several members of the research group present their research at the Rhodes Symposium in 2023!

After a three-year hiatus, the Eckenhoff group returns to the ACS National Meeting in April of 2023 so seniors Emma Dove, Alex Hemphill, and Robbie Musicante could present their research!

Prof. Eckenhoff and Prof. Peterson were awarded an NSF-MRI grant to re-console our Varian 400 MHx NMR with a new Bruker System! Link to news story


Scott A. Wicker ('22) is the 2022 Rhodes College Winner of the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry! Scott will be attending The University of Texas at Austin in the Fall of 2022! Congrats Scott! Meanwhile, Peyton Crest ('25) won the Chemistry Outstanding Freshman award! Congrats Peyton!!


Congratulations to Phillips Hutchison ('19) who just just got his first first-author publication in the lab of Prof. Hammes-Schiffer at Yale University! Way to go! 



Congratulations Sarah Helland ('21) for winning the 2021 ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry! Well earned, given 8 semesters of research yielding two published papers, taking the Inorganic Chemistry Course and Lab and then finally serving as the Inorganic Lab TA!

Scott Wicker ('22) and Name Hames both gave presentations at the Rhodes Symposium on April 30 and did a great job!


Congratulations to former group member Phillips Hutchison ('19) who won a competitive NSF-GRFP for his graduate studies at Yale University!

Congrats to Graduating group members Keren Lee, who is headed to the University of Pittsburgh to start her chemistry PhD,  Liam Rhodes, who is working as a medical scribe in the DFW area, and Seth Rohlwing who is planning to start EMT training before applying to Medical School. I wish we could have celebrated your accomplishments in person. You will all be missed!


Congratulations to Keren Lee for winning both the 2020 ACS Division of Inorganic Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry and the Chemistry Department Senior Research Award! You earned them! 


Congratulations to Keren Lee for winning the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Student Travel Award to the ACS meeting in Philadelphia!! Unfortunately the meeting got cancelled due to COVID-19, but it does not diminish the award!


Through a collaboration with Prof. Tim Brewster's lab at the University of Memphis, Sarah Helland ('21) was a co-author on a recent paper in European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry! Congratulations all!


Congratulations to former Group Member Alison Chang (Univ. of Oregon, Chemistry PhD candidate) for winning the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!

Congratulations to all of my students who worked on the Solvatochromism project: Alison Chang (Univ. of Oregon), Phillips Hutison (Yale Univ.), Keren Lee ('20), and Sarah Helland ('21). The paper is now online in Inorganic Chemistry!! 

Another fun trip to the Arkansas INBRE conference at the University of Arkansas! Keren Lee ('20) won an honorable mention for her oral presentation! Seth Rohlwing ('20), Nate Hames ('21), and Scott Wicker ('22) gave poster presentations on their work. Overall great job to everyone!

Terrific showing at the Rhodes College Undergraduate Research Symposium by the Student Affiliate club of the ACS! Keren took home first place and Nate placed second for their posters! Great job guys!

Congratulations to Scott Wicker, just accepted to the 2019 MIT ACCESS program for graduate school preparation!

Congratulations to our graduating seniors Phillips Hutchison (Yale University), Mary Neil Hodl, Meghan Kiker (University of Texas at Austin), and Cameron Tinker!



Congrats to Sarah Helland ('21) for winning first prize in the Chemistry Department poster competition at the 2019 Rhodes Symposium!

Several members of the Eckenhoff Research Group presented their research at the 257th National Meeting of the ACS in Orlando Florida! Where we presented our research, met Francis Arnold (2018 Nobel Prize winner), and went to the Kennedy Space  Liam Rhodes (’20), Phillips Hutchison (’19), Keren Lee (’21), Mary Neil Hodl (’19), Sarah Helland (’21), Will Eckenhoff.

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The Eckenhoff Lab traveled to the University of Arkansas for the annual INBRE conference! Liam Rhodes (’20), Phillips Hutchison (’19), Mary Neil Hodl (’19) Cameron Tinker (’19), Will Eckenhoff, Sarah Helland (’21), Keren Lee (’21). (11/3/2018)

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Congratulations to Sarah Helland for willing first prize for her poster on solvatochromism at the Arkansas INBRE conference (11/3/2018)

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Congratulations to Meghan Kiker for winning first prize for her poster on photocatalytic hydrogen production in the Rhodes College Chemistry & Biochemistry Symposium. Sarah Helland (’21), Cameron Tinker (’19),  Will Eckenhoff, Phillips Hutchison (’19), Mary Neil Hodl (’19), Keren Lee (’21) and Meghan Kiker (’19)(10/23/2018)

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Congrats to Alison Chang on her first-authored paper in ChemistrySelect: ‪ 

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Alison Chang ('18), John Dewar ('18), Meghan Kiker ('19), and Phillips Hutchison ('19) traveled to the National ACS meeting in New Orleans to present their research.

Our collaboration with the Brewster Lab at the University of Memphis was just published in Inorganic Chemistry!:

Congratulations to John Dewar for his first-authored publication on zinc enzyme mimicry in Inorganica Chimica Acta:

Prof. Eckenhoff's first single author review was published in Coordination Chemistry Reviews!

Alison Chang presented her research on solvatochromic molybdenum complexes at the Arkansas INBRE conference on Oct 27-28, 2017.

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On 10/25/2017, Alison Chang('18), John Dewar('18), Meghan Kiker('19), Phillips Hutchison('19), and Cameron Tinker ('19) presented their research at the ACS Undergraduate Research Symposium at Rhodes College. 

Congratulations to Meghan Kiker for taking home 2nd place!

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Eckenhoff Lab moves to new home in Robertson Hall starting in the Fall of 2017!

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a modern lab space with granite countertops


Congratulations to Alison Chang for winning the William Spandow Scholarship in Chemistry award (4/28/2017)

Alex Graves presented his poster at the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco (4/4/2017)

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