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Donna S. Amenta, Ph.D.

Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
540.568.7384
amentads@jmu.edu
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Education, Honors, Awards

  • Professor, Chemistry/Biochemistry Department, James Madison University (2008 - Present)
  • Professor and Head, Chemistry/Biochemistry Department, James Madison University (1998 - 2008)
  • JMU College of Science and Mathematics Distinguished Teacher (1997 - 1998)
  • The Carl L. Harter Distinguished Teacher (1997 - 1998)
  • Associate Prof., Chemistry Department, James Madison University (1993 - 1998)
  • Assistant Professor, Chemistry Department, James Madison University (1990 - 1993)
  • James Madison University Non-tenure track faculty and staff positions (1974 - 1990)
  • Ph.D. (Organic Chemistry) Bryn Mawr College  (1974) - Advisor: Dr. Frank Mallory
  • M.A. Bryn Mawr College  (1971)
  • A.B. Wheaton College, Norton MA  (1965)

Research Interests

  • Synthesis and characterization of organometallic compounds

Research Description

Our research focuses on the design of organometallic complexes with hemilabile ligands. These complexes potentially have use as catalysts.  Resent studies have involved the synthesis of ruthenium complexes with Ph2P(CH)nP(O)Ph2  as ligands.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Ashley R. Head, Donna S. Amenta, John W. Gilje, Glen P. A. Yap “Crystal Structure of Cis-Dichloro-Bis-{[ 2-( Diphenylphosphino-k-P) Methyl]Diphenylphospine Oxide}Palladium(II) Ethanol Solvate ” J. Chem. Cryst. 2011,41, 247-250.
  • Ashley R. Head, Donna S. Amenta, John W. Gilje, Glen P. A. Yap “Crystal structure of bis(diphenylphosphino)ethane monoxide, the firstR2P(CH2)nP(O)R2 ligand to be structurally characterized” Global J.  Inorg. Chem. 2011, 2, 1-4.
  • Amanda L. Peretich, Donna S. Amenta, John W. Gilje, Glenn P. A. Yap “Crystal Structure of [Me2NCH(O)]2Mg[(μ-OPri)2Al(OPri)2]2” J. Chem. Cryst. 2010,40, 716-719.
  • Amenta, D.S.; Morton, A.D.; Gilje, J.W.; Edelmann, F.T.; Fisher, A.; Blaurook, S. “The Preparation and Crystal Structure of (η5-C5H5) (CO)3 Mo(CH2)3 C6H5” J. Organomet. Chem. 2006, 691, 5065-5086.
  • Amenta, D. S.; Sparks, L. N.; Gilje, J. W.; Edelmann, F. T.; Fischer, A.; Blaurock, S. “Lanthanide Nitrate Complexes of the Unsymmetrical Bidentate Ligand Ph2PCH2CH2P(O)PPh2” Zeit. Anorg. Allg. Chem. 2005, 631, 2854-2857. (Invited contribution to an edition in honor of Prof. H. W. Roesky.)
  • Amenta, D. S.; Ayres, B. R.; Jurica, J.; Gilje, J. W. “The Equilibrium between Aluminum Alkoxides and 1-(Diphenylphosphinoyl)-2-(Diphenylphosphino)ethane,” Inorg. Chim. Acta 2002, 336, 115-119.