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Department of Chemistry

Tendai Gadzikwa   

Dr. Tendai Gadzikwa

Assistant ProfessorResearch Area 
emailgadzikwa@ksu.edu Inorganic Chemistry
locationCBC 101 Research Specialities
phone785-532-6688 (office) Catalysis
Chemical Biology
785-532-6703 (lab)
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Assistant Professor 
Visiting Researcher, University of Alberta
Senior Lecturer, University of Zimbabwe
Schlumberger Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Amsterdam
Ph.D, Northwestern University
B.A. in Chemistry, Macalester College

Research Overview

Supramolecular chemistry, organometallic catalysis, metal-organic framework materials, & paper-based analytical devices.

The members of this lab consider ourselves “molecular architects” - we use the tools of Inorganic, Organic, and Materials Chemistry to construct functional materials using molecules as building blocks. Like architects, we design the supramolecular structure, then plan and oversee its construction via the self-assembly of molecular building blocks. Finally, we decorate the interior of our construct such that it best fulfils the purpose for which it was built.

The particular structures we work with are microporous, metal-organic framework materials, and we functionally design them to address challenges in selective catalysis and environmental detection. In the area of catalysis, we adopt the strategies employed by enzymes to transform reactants that would otherwise be prohibitively difficult to convert selectively. For detection, our primary interest is in the development of diagnostic tools that can be fabricated easily and that are amenable to application in low-resource environments, i.e. point-of-care diagnostics.

Research overview

Selected Publications
  • Gadzikwa, T.; Bellini R.; Dekker, H. L.; Reek, J. N. H.  “Self-assembly of a confined rhodium catalyst for asymmetric hydroformylation of unfunctionalized internal alkenes,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 2860-2863. DOI: 10.1021/ja211455j
  • Gadzikwa, T.; Farha, O. K.; Malliakas, C. D.; Kanatzidis, M. G.; Hupp, J. T.; Nguyen, S. T.  “Selective bifunctional modification of a non-catenated metal-organic framework material via “click” chemistry,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 13613-13615. DOI: 10.1021/ja904189d
  • Gadzikwa, T.; Farha, O. K.; Mulfort, K. L.; Hupp, J. T.; Nguyen, S. T.  “A Zn-based, pillared paddlewheel MOF containing free carboxylic acids via covalent post-synthesis elaboration,” Chem. Commun. 2009, 3720-3722. DOI: 10.1039/B823392F
  • Gadzikwa, T.; Lu, G.; Stern, C. L.; Wilson, S., R.; Hupp, J. T.; Nguyen, S. T.  “Covalent surface modification of a metal-organic framework:  Selective surface engineering via CuI-catalyzed Huisgen cycloaddition.” Chem. Commun. 2008, 5493-5495. DOI: 10.1039/B805101A
  • Gadzikwa, T.; Zeng, B.; Hupp, J. T.; Nguyen, S. T.  “Ligand-elaboration as a strategy for engendering structural diversity in porous metal-organic framework compounds.” Chem. Commun. 2008, 3672-3674. DOI: 10.1039/B714160B