Keith DeArmond – Emeritus

M. Keith DeArmond

  • B.S., DePauw University 1958
  • Ph.D., Arizona 1962
  • Postdoctoral, Illinois 1963
  • Sabbatical, Bologna 1977

Research (during tenure)

Professor DeArmond’s research concerns unique electronic and magnetic properties of metal chelate systems as [Ru(2,2′-bipyridine)3]2+. The localization of charge resulting form the addition of electrons or the photoexcitation of the species has been characterized by a variety of spectroscopic and electrochemical methods. Professor De Armond’s group will exploit some aspects of the charge localization. Photoelectro-chemical measurements at the interface of two liquids may permit efficient generation of photoreduced reagents for solar energy water splitting reactions. Pendant metal complex oligomers with [sigma] electron backbone will be used as charge storage and redox materials while [Pi] electron backbone materials can provide redox conduction and also electronic conduction. Two dimensional ordered molecular films produced by Langmuir-Blodgett methods containing hydrophobic transition metal complexes can provide a new source material for thin films capable of a functional response. This functional response, the concentration variation and the multilayer capability of these films can provide a starting point for molecular electronics devices.


  • Metal Complexes in LB Films, Advances in Inorganic Chemistry Series, G. Fried, M.K. DeArmond, John Wiley, New York, ed. by G. Meyer, (1996).
  • Synthesis and Characterization of Pendant Complex with an Oligomeric Bipyridine Backbone, M.K. DeArmond, Y. Sun, Inorg. Chem., 33, 2004, (1994).
  • Photoprocesses at the Liquid-Liquid Interface III Charge Transfer Details for Photoactive Metal Complexes, M.K. DeArmond, O. Dvorak, A.H. De Armond, Langmuir, 508 (1992).