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Danna Freedman


A.B.: Harvard University, 2003
Ph.D.: University of California, Berkeley, 2009

Research Statement

The Freedman group applies the approaches and tools of synthetic inorganic chemistry to understand and overcome fundamental obstacles in physics and energy research. Synthetic inorganic chemistry will be used to target new systems, spectroscopy, crystallography, and magnetometry will be used to probe new compounds, and fundamental ligand field considerations will aid in interpretation of emerging physico-chemical phenomena and to predict new chemistry. Every student in our laboratory has the opportunity to learn synthetic techniques, crystallography, magnetism, and spectroscopy. Specific project areas are magnetism, superconductivity, and quantum computation.

Selected Publications

Yu, X.-J; Krzyaniak, M.; Fataftah, M. S.; Wasielewski, M. R.; Freedman, D. E., “A Concentrated Array of Copper Porphyrin Candidate Qubits”, Chem. Sci. 2019 10, 1702-1708.

Fataftah, M. S.; Freedman, D. E., “Progress Towards Creating Optically Addressable Molecular Qubits”, Chem. Commun. 2018, 54, 13773-13781.

Klein, R. A.; Walsh, J. P. S.; Clarke, S. M.; Guo, Y.; Bi, W.; Fabbris, G.; Meng, Y.; Haskel, D.; Alp, E. E.; Van Duyne, R. P.; Jacobsen, S. D.; Freedman, D. E., “Impact of Pressure on Magnetic Order in Jarosite”,  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 12001–12009.

Graham, M. J.; Yu, C.; Krzyaniak, M.; Wasielewski, M.; Freedman, D. E. "Synthetic Approach to Determine the Effect of Nuclear Spin Distance on Electronic Spin Decoherence", J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017,139, 3196-3201.
Zadrozny, J. M.; Gallagher, A. T.; Harris, T. D.; Freedman, D. E. "A Porous Array Of Clock Qubits", J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 39, 7089–7094.

Clarke, S. M.; Walsh, J. P. S.; Amsler, M.; Yu, T.; Goedecker,S.; Wang, Y.; Wolverton, C.; Freedman, D. E. "Discovery of a Superconducting Cu–Bi Intermetallic Compound via High-pressure Synthesis", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 13446–13449. 

Walsh, J. P. S.; Clarke, S. M.; Meng, Y.; Jacobsen, S. D.; Freedman, D. E. "Discovery of FeBi2 " ,  ACS Central Science 20162, 867–871. 

Fataftah, M. S.; Zadrozny, J. M.; Coste, S. C.; Graham, M. J.; Rogers, D. M.; Freedman, D. E. “Employing Forbidden Transitions as Qubits in a Nuclear Spin-Free Chromium Complex”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016.

Zadrozny, J. M.; Niklas, J.; Poluektov, O. G.; Freedman, D. E. “Millisecond Coherence Time in a Tunable Molecular Electronic Spin Qubit”, ACS Central Science 2015, 1, 488–492.

Zadrozny, J. M.; Niklas, J.; Poluektov, O. G.; Freedman, D. E.; “Multiple Quantum Coherences from Hyperfine Transitions in a Vanadium(IV) Complex”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 15841-15844.

Graham, M. J.; Zadrozny, J. M.; Shiddiq, M.; Anderson, J. S.; Fataftah, M. S.; Hill, S.; Freedman, D. E.Influence of Electronic Spin and Spin-Orbit Coupling on Decoherence in Mononuclear Transition Metal Complexes”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014136, 7623-7626.
This work was highlighted by JACS and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory!

Rondinelli, J. R.; Benedek, N. A.;  Freedman, D. E.; Kavner, A.; Rodriguez, E. E.; Toberer, E. S.; Martin, L. W. “Accelerating Functional Materials Discovery”, Am. Ceram. Soc. Bull. 2013,92,14.

Selected Honors/Awards

  • 2019 ACS Award in Pure Chemistry
  • 2018 Kavli Fellow
  • 2018 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
  • NSF CAREER Award
  • A.P. Sloan Research Fellowship
  • Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award in Environmental Chemistry
  • Catalyst Grant Award
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program                                           
  • NSF-American Competitiveness in Chemistry Fellowship