Daniel Tofan

Daniel Tofan is a graduate student in the Cummins group. He joined the group with the stated intention of studying the chemistry of the diatomic molecule PN as a complex ligand. He is working on the synthesis of a niobium complex that may be capable of serving as a source of PN or a simple adduct such as (PN)W(CO)5.

Dan also has been working on P4 activation chemistry, and in one case he has discovered a solvent-dependent addition of P4 to a terminal phosphide complex to generate an unusual P5 ligand.

Additionally, Daniel has been working out a new solution-phase synthesis of elemental phosphorus from readily available precursors.

Daniel was an undergraduate at Caltech, having come to the United States for study abroad; Daniel's home country is Romania.

Some good links:
Inorganic Syntheses / ACS Journals / ACIE

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