R. Chris Schnabel

Associate Professor of Chemistry

James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences 184


Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Wyoming
B.S., Chemistry, University of Wyoming

Courses Taught

  • CH 121 General Chemistry I
  • CH 122 General Chemistry II
  • CH 424 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Research interests

The synthesis and characterization of model complexes of many of  the zinc-containing enzymes found in the human body. He also works on the synthesis and characterization of cerium(IV) aryloxide complexes, and on transuranic (Pu and Np) coordination complexes.

Select Publications

  • “The Fate of a Bimetallic Ethylene Dimerization Catalyst: Synthesis and Structure of (dfepe)2Ir2(µ-eta1,eta3-(C 4H6)(µ-H)(H)”, Organometallics, 1999, 18, 5717.
  • Chris Schnabel, Justin M. Hoerter, Patricia A. Goodson, and Dean M. Roddick, “Synthesis and Structural Characterization of Uranium Ansa-Metallocene Complexes Containing Organoimido Schnabel, R. Chris, Scott B. L., Smith W. H., and Burns C. J. J., “Functional Groups; Electronic Effects of Ancillary Ligands,” Organometallic Chemistry, 1999, 591, 14.
  • Onkto, Allyn C.; Houlis, James F.; Schnabel, R. Chris; Roddick, Dean M.; Fong, Tina P.; Lough, Alan J.; Morris, Robert H., “Protonation and H2 Heterolysis Reactions of Electrophillic (eta5-C5R5)Ru(dfepe)(X) (R = H,Me; X = H, OTf) Complexes,” Organometallics, 1998, 17(25), 5467.
  • Peters, R. Gregory; Bennet, Byron L.; Schnabel, R. Chris; Roddick, Dean M., “(Fluoroalkyl)phosphine Coordination Chemistry: Synthesis and Structure of {[µ,eta1,eta6-(C6H5)P(C 2F5)2]Cr(CO)2}2” , Inorg. Chem., 1997, 36(25), 5962.
  • C. Schnabel, D.S.J. Arney, B. Scott, C. J. Burns, “Preparation of Actinide Phosphinidene Complexes: Steric Control of Reactivity,” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1996, 6780.
  • C. Schnabel and D. M. Roddick, “New Electrophilic Iridium (I) Complexes: H-H and C-H Bond Heterolysis by [(dfepe)Ir(µ-X]2 (X = O2CCF3, OTf),” Organometallics, 1996, 3550.
  • C. Schnabel and D. M. Roddick, “Polyhydride(Fluoroalkyl)phosphine Complexes of Iridium. Synthesis, Dynamics, and Reactivity Properties of (dfepe)2Ir2(µ-H)3(H),” Organometallics, 1995, 665.
  • C. Schnabel and D. M. Roddick, “(Fluoroalkyl)phosphine Complexes of Rhodium and Iridium. Synthesis and Reactivity Properties of [(dfepe)Ir(µ-Cl)]2,” Inorg. Chem., 1993, 32, 1513.
  • C. Schnabel and D. M. Roddick, “(Fluoroalkyl)phosphine Hydride Complexes of Iridium. Synthesis and Structure of (dfepe)2IrH and (dfepe)2Ir2(H)(µ-H)2(µ-O3SCF 3),” Organometallics, 1993, 12, 704.
  • M. Roddick and R. C. Schnabel, “(Fluoroalkyl)phosphine Coordination Chemistry,” ACS Symp. Ser. Vol. 555, 1993, p. 421.
  • K. Merwin, R. C. Schnabel, J. D. Koola, and D. M. Roddick, “Kinetics and Mechanism of Biaryl Reductive Elimination from Electron-Poor [C6F6)PCH2CH2P(C6F 6)]Pt(Ar)2 Complexes,” Organometallics, 1992, 11, 2972.