Carol Kercher, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry


Carol Kercher received her B.S. in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. She received her Ph.D. from The University of Akron working in the laboratory of Professor David A. Modarelli focusing on transition metal terpyridine complexes as photosynthetic reaction center mimics. She joined the research group of Professor George R. Newkome as a postdoctoral fellow, focusing on sterically hindered, shape-persistent terpyridine complexes. She currently works with students investigating the synthesis and properties of substituted terpyridine complexes. A member of the American Chemical Society, Carol works with the local section to bring informative programs to the community that promote education and a positive image of chemistry.


  • Ph.D. The University of Akron
  • B.S. University of Pittsburgh

Selected Publications

  • Wang JL, Li X, Shreiner CD, Lu X, Moorefield CN, Tummalapalli SR, Medvetz DA, Panzner MJ, Fronczek FR, Wesdemiotis C, Newkome GR. Shape-persistent, ruthenium(ii)- and iron(ii)-bisterpyridine metallodendrimers: Synthesis, traveling-wave ion-mobility mass spectrometry, and photophysical properties New Journal of Chemistry. 36: 484-491. DOI: 10.1039/c2nj20799k
  • Newkome GR, Shreiner C. Dendrimers derived from 1 → 3 branching motifs Chemical Reviews. 110: 6338-6442. DOI: 10.1021/cr900341m
  • Alemán EA, Shreiner CD, Rajesh CS, Smith T, Garrison SA, Modarelli DA. Photoinduced electron-transfer within osmium(II) and ruthenium(II) bis-terpyridine donor acceptor dyads. Dalton Transactions (Cambridge, England : 2003). 6562-77. DOI: 10.1039/b903130h
  • Newkome GR, Shreiner CD. Poly(amidoamine), polypropylenimine, and related dendrimers and dendrons possessing different 1 → 2 branching motifs: An overview of the divergent procedures Polymer. 49: 1-173. DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2007.10.021
  • Shreiner CD, Moorefield CN, Reddy DV, Cho TJ, Parker DK, Fronczek FR, Tummalapalli SR, Newkome GR. Formation of diruthenium(II) complexes containing 2,2′;6′, 2″-terpyridine domains possessing rotationally restricted connectivity: The influence of shape-persistence Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials. 15: 459-467. DOI: 10.1007/s10904-006-9001-7

Fun Facts

  • Advisor to the American Chemical Society Student Chapter at Hiram College