Prof. David J. SzaldaDavid J. Szalda

General Chemistry

Phone: (646) 660-6218
Location: Room 802B, 17 Lexington Ave


David J. Szalda, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University (Chemistry), is a Research Collaborator at Brookhaven National Laboratory where he uses X-ray crystallography to study the binding of carbon dioxide to metal complexes and electron transfer reactions. His publications have appeared in various journals of chemistry. He is an advisor to students in the biomedical specialization.


"The primary focus of my research is a better understanding of the basic chemical principles required to create an efficient and economical method to convert solar energy into a storable and transportable fuel. Therefore we are investigating electron transfer reactions and the binding of carbon dioxide to metal complexes in order to be able to store solar energy by converting carbon dioxide (an end product of combustion) into methane or methanol (a storable and transportable fuel). This work is done in collaboration with Drs. Norman Sutin, Carol Creutz, and Etsuko Fujitu at Brookhaven National Laboratory."

Recent Publications (2012-Present)

Xie, Yan, David W. Shaffer, Anna Lewandowska-Andralojc, David J. Szalda, and Javier J. Concepcion, 2016, " Water Oxidation by Ruthenium Complexes Incorporating Multifunctional Bipyridyl Diphosphonate Ligands ", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 55, 8067-8071.

Duan, Lele, Gerald F. Manbeck, Marta Kowalczyk, David J. Szalda, James T Muckerman, Yuichiro Himeda and Etsuko Fujita, 2016, " Noninnocent Proton-Responsive Ligand Facilitates Reductive Deprotonation and Hinders CO2 Reduction Catalysis in [Ru(tpy)(6DHBP)(NCCH3)]2+ (6DHBP = 6,6′-(OH)2bpy)", Inorganic Chemistry. 55, 4582-4594.

Ramig, Keith, Gopal Subramaniam, Sasan Karimi, David J. Szalda, Allen Ko, Aaron Lam, Jeffrey Li, Ani Coaderaj, Leyla Cavdar, Lukasz Bogdan, Kitae Kwon, Edyta M. Greer, 2016, "Interplay of Nitrogen-Atom Inversion and Conformational Inversion in Enantiomerization of 1H-1-Benzazeoines", The Journal of Organic Chemistry. 81, 3313-3320.

Ngo, Ken; Lee, Nicholas; Pinnace, Sashari; Szalda, David; Weber, Ralph; Rochford, Jonathan, 2016, "Probing the non-innocent π-bonding influence of N-carboxyamidoquinolate ligands on the light harvesting and redox properties of ruthenium polypyridyl complexes", Inorganic Chemistry. 55, 2460-2472.

Garg, Komal, Yasuo Matsubara, Mehmed Z. Ertem, Anna Lewandowska-Andralojc, Shunsuke Sato, David J. Szalda, James T. Muckerman, and Etsuko Fujita, 2015, " Striking Differences of Properties of Two Geometric Isomers of [Ir(tpy)(ppy)H]+: Experimental and Computational Studies on their Hydricities, Interaction with CO2, and Photochemistry", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 54, 14128-14132.

Manbeck, Gerald; James Muckerman, David J. Szalda, Yuichiro Himeda and Etsuko Fujita, 2015, "Push or Pull? Proton Responsive Ligand Effects in Rhenium Tricarbonyl CO2 Reduction Catalysts", The Journal of Physical Chemistry:Part B:Biophysical Chemistry, Biomaterials, Liquids, and Soft Matter. 119, 7457-7466.

Ramig, Keith, Olga Lavinda, David J. Szalda, Irina Mironova, Sasan Karimi, Federica Pozzi, , Nilam Shah , Jacopo Samson , Hiroko Ajiki, Lou Massa , Dimitrios Mantzouris, Ioannis Karapanagiotis , Christopher Cooksey, 2015, “The Nature of Thermochromic Effects in Dyeings with Indigo, 6- Bromoindigo, and 6,6'-Dibromoindigo, Components of Tyrian Purple”, 2015, Dyes and Pigments. 117, 37-48.

Concepcion, Javier J., Diane K. Zhong, David J. Szalda, James T. Muckerman and Etsuko Fujita, 2015, “Mechanism of water oxidation by [Ru(bda)(L)2]: the return of the ‘‘blue dimer’’”, Chemical Communications, 51, 4105-4108.

Ko, Allen, Aaron Lam, Jeffrey Li, Edyta M. Greer, David J. Szalda , Sasan Karimi, Gopal Subramaniam, Keith Ramig, 2014, “Regioselective alkylation reactions of 2,4-diphenyl-3H-1-benzazepine give either 3-alkyl-3H-1-benzazepines or 1-alkyl-1H-1-benzazepines”, Tetrahedron Letters, 55, 4386-4289.

Badiei, Yosra M., Wan-Hui Wang, Jonathan F. Hull, David J. Szalda, James T. Muckerman, Yuichiro Himeda, and Etsuko Fujita*, 2013, “Cp*Co(III) Catalysts with Proton-Responsive Ligands for Carbon Dioxide Hydrogenation in Aqueous Media”, Inorganic Chemistry. 52, 12576-12586.

Ramig, Keith, Edyta M. Greer, David J. Szalda, Sasan Karimi, Allen Ko, Laura Boulos, Jiansan Gu, Nathan Dvorkin, Hema Bhramdat, and Gopal Subramaniam, 2013, “NMR Spectroscopic and Computational Study of Conformational Isomerism in Substituted 2-Aryl-3H-1-benzazepines: Toward Isolable Atropisomeric Benzazepine Enantiomers” Journal of Organic Chemistry, 78, 8028-8036.

Badiei, Yosra M., Dmitry E Polyansky, James T. Muckerman, David J. Szalda, Rubabe Haberdar, Ruifa Zong, Randolph P. Thummel, and Etsuko Fujita, 2013, "Water Oxidation with Mononuclear Ruthenium (II) Polypyridine Complexes Involving a Direct RuIV=O Pathway in Neutral and Alkaline Media" Inorganic Chemistry. 52, 8845-8850.

Zhoa, Helen C., Barbara Mello, Bi-Lu Fu, Hara Chaodhury, David J. Szalda, Ming-Hang Tsai, David C. Grills, and Jonathan Rochford, 2013, “A Structural Investigation of Monomeric Versus Dimeric fac-Rehenium(I) Tricarbonyl Systems Containing the Non-inocent 8-oxyquinolate Ligand.” Organometallics, 32:1832-1841.

Hayashi, Yukiko, David J. Szalda, David C. Grills, Jonathan Hanson, Kuo-Wei Huang, James T. Muckerman and Etsuko Fujita, 2013, “Isolation and X-ray Structures of Four RhPCP Complexes including the Rh(I) Dioxygen Complex with a Short O–O Bond”, Polyhedron, 58,106-114.

Karimi, Sasan, Keith Ramig, Edyta Greer, David J. Szalda, William F. Berkowitz, Prakash Prasad, Gopal Subramaniam, 2013, “Tandem ring-contraction/decarbonylation of 2,4-diphenyl-3H-1-benzazepine to 2,4-diphenylquinoline” Tetrahedron,69, 147-151.

Reddy, V. D., D. Dayal, D. J. Szalda, S. C. Cosenza and M.V.R. Reddy, 2012, “Synthesis, structures, and anticancer activity of novel organometallic ruthenium-maltol complexes”, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 700:180-187.

Ramig, Keith, Olga Lavinda and David J. Szalda, 2012, “Highly Stereoselective Decarboxylation of (+)-1-Bromo-1-chloro-2,2,2-trifluoropropanoic Acid gives (+)-1-Bromo-1-chloro-2,2,2-trifluoroethane ((+)-Halothane) with Retention of Configuration.” Tetrahedron:Asymm. 23, 201-204.

Hull, Jonathan F., Yuichiro Himeda, Wan-Hui Wang, Brian Hashiguchi, David J. Szalda, James T. Muckerman and Etsuko Fujita, 2012, “Hydrogen Storage using CO2 and a Proton-Switchable Iridium Catalyst at Ambient Temperature and Pressure” Nature Chemistry 4, 383-388.

Szalda, David J., Keith Ramig, Olga Lavinda, Zvi C. Koren and Lou Massa, 2012, “6-Bromoindigo dye” Acta Cryst. C68,o160-o163.

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