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Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

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Faculty Detail

Fay, Robert C.

Professor Emeritus

phone: 607/255-3636
room: Baker Laboratory

Department Appointments

  • Chemistry and Chemical Biology (CHEM)
  • Fay, Robert C.

Graduate Fields

  • Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Other Affiliations

  • Chemistry and Chemical Biology


Professor Robert Fay is engaged in authoring widely used general chemistry textbooks. His research interests are concerned with the synthesis, structure, stereochemistry, and molecular rearrangements of inorganic and organometallic compounds, especially metal chelate compounds.


Our research is concerned with the synthesis, structure, and stereochemistry of inorganic and organometallic compounds, especially metal chelate complexes. The following projects illustrate our interests.

1. An important problem in coordination chemistry is the mechanism of molecular rearrangements of metal chelate compounds. Do metal chelates rearrange by metal-ligand bond rupture processes (chelate-ring opening) or by polytopal rearrangements (twist mechanisms)? What are the factors that favor one mechanism over the other?

2. Relatively little is known about the coordination chemistry of group 4 elements in low oxidation states. We propose to synthesize some new low-valent coordination compounds of titanium, zirconium, and hafnium, and to develop their structural and reaction chemistry. Our approach will use chelating ligands that are strong p- acceptors.