metzger
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Education: Undergraduate Degree

B.A., 1962, University of California, Los Angeles

Education: Doctoral Degree

Ph.D., 1968, California Institute of Technology

Education: Other

Postdoctoral Research Associate, 1969-1971, Stanford University

Research Interests

Molecular electronics, electrical conductivity in organic crystals, unimolecular organic rectifiers

Dr. Robert M. Metzger has been a professor of Chemistry and Materials Science at the University of Alabama since 1986. He was born of Hungarian parents in Yokohama, Japan and educated in Merano, Italy, He received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1962 (where he worked with Willard F. Libby) and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1968 (advisor: Harden McConnell). He held a post-doctoral position at Stanford University and rose through the academic ranks in the Chemistry Department of the University of Mississippi (1971-1986), ending as Coulter Professor of Chemistry. His research interests encompass single-crystal X-ray crystallography, electron paramagnetic resonance, Madelung energies of organic metals, organic and cuprate superconductors, magnetic materials, Langmuir-Blodgett films and (for the last 20 years) unimolecular devices, He has published more than 218 articles, edited four books (one more in press), organized three international conferences, and has written a graduate-level textbook “The Physical Chemist’s Toolbox” (in press). He directed the research of 14 Ph.D. students and one M.S. student. He has been a guest professor or researcher at the Universities of Heidelberg, Bordeaux, Copenhagen, Florence, Kyoto, Padua, Parma, Rennes, Vienna, Delft, and is now concurrently Mercator Professor of Chemistry at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany. He was the recipient of the 1998 Blackmon-Moody Faculty Award at the University of Alabama. He has presented lectures in 30 foreign countries, and also is very fluent in Hungarian, Italian, French and German.

Representative Publications

R. M. Metzger, “Unimolecular Electrical Rectifiers”, Chem. Rev. 103: 3803-3834 (2003).

R. M. Metzger, “Molecular Rectifiers”, in Encyclopedia of Supramolecular Chemistry, Vol. II, J. L. Atwood and J. W. Steele, Eds., pp. 1525-1537 (Marcel Dekker, New York, NY, 2004)

A. Honciuc, A. Otsuka, Y.-H. Wang, S. K. McElwee, S. A. Woski, G. Saito, and R. M. Metzger, “Polarization of Charge-Transfer Bands and Rectification in Hexadecylquinolinium 7,7,8-Tricyanoquinodimethanide and Its Tetrafluoro Analog”, J. Phys. Chem. B110(31): 15085-15093  (2006).

R. M. Metzger, “Unimolecular Electronics: Results and Prospects”, in “Nano and Molecular Electronics Handbook” edited by S. E. Lyshevski (CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, Boca Raton, FL, 2007) pp. 3-1 to 3-25.

A. Honciuc, R. M. Metzger, A. Gong, and C. W. Spangler, “Elastic and Inelastic Electron Tunneling Spectroscopy of a New Rectifying Monolayer”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 129(26): 8310-8319 (2007).

A. Jaiswal, D. Rajagopal, M. V. Lakshmikantham, M. P. Cava, and R. M. Metzger,  “Unimolecular Rectification and Other Properties of CH3C(O)S-C14H28Q+-3CNQ- and CH3C(O)S-C16H32Q+-3CNQ- Organized by Self-Assembly, Langmuir-Blodgett, and Langmuir-Schaefer Techniques”, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 9(30): 4007-4017 (2007).

R. M. Metzger, “Unimolecular Electronics”, J. Mater. Chem. 18(37): 4364-4396 (2008).

R. M. Metzger, “Single-Molecule Electronics”, in “Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials”, P. A. Gale and J. W. Steele, Editors, Volume 5: Self-Assembly and Supramolecular Devices, (Pavel Anzenbacher, Jr., Section Editor) (Wiley, Chichester, UK, 2012), pp. 2507-2522.

R. M. Metzger and D. L. Mattern, “Unimolecular Electronic Devices” in “Unimolecular and Supramolecular Electronics II: Chemistry and Physics Meet at the Metal-Molecule Interface”, edited by R. M. Metzger, Springer Topics in Current Chemistry 313: 39-84 (Springer, Heidelberg Dordrecht London New York, 2012).

C. Toher, D. Nozaki, G. Cuniberti, and R. M. Metzger, “Unimolecular Amplifier: Principles of a Three-Terminal Device with Power Gain”, RSC Nanoscale 5(15): 6975-6984 (2013).

R. M. Metzger, Ed. Unimolecular and Supramolecular Electronics I & II: Chemistry and Physics Meet at the Metal-Molecule Interface”, Springer Topics in Current Chemistry 312 and 313 (Springer, Heidelberg 2012).

R. M. Metzger, “The Physical Chemist’s Toolbox” (Wiley, Hoboken, NJ, Apr. 2012) (949 pp., ISBN: 978-0-470-88925-1)