Faculty Profile

Samantha Robinson

Samantha Robinson

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Email: srobinson@spu.edu
Phone: 206-286-7355
Office: Eaton 334


Education: BS, University of Iowa, 2009; PhD, University of Washington, 2014. At SPU Since 2015.

Samantha (Connelly) Robinson grew up in Iowa and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa. Graduate school brought her to the Pacific Northwest: she completed her PhD in Inorganic Chemistry under the direction of Prof. Mike Heinekey in 2014 at the University of Washington. After post-doctoral work in the Catalysis Science group at Pacific Northwest National Lab, she started at SPU in 2015.

Dr. Robinson’s research lab is focused on tracing the paths of protons, hydride equivalents, and electrons in catalytic reactions. Understanding the thermodynamics of small molecule coordination to homogeneous transition metal complexes can guide development of catalysts useful to the chemical industry and energy storage.

She teaches courses in the general chemistry sequence and upper division inorganic chemistry courses.


Selected Publications

  • Synthesis, Structure, & Reactivity of a Nickel Dihydrogen Complex
    S. J. Connelly, A. Zimmerman, W. Kaminsky, D. M. Heinekey, Chem. Eur. J. 2012, 15932-15934.
  • Structure & Solution Behavior of Triethylsilylium Triethylsilane Cations
    S. J. Connelly, W. Kaminsky, D. M. Heinekey, Organometallics 2013, 32, 7478-7481.
  • Characterization of a Palladium Dihydrogen Complex
    S. J. Connelly, A. Chanez, W. Kaminsky, D. M. Heinekey Angew. Chem. 2015, 20, 5915-5918.
  • Predicting the Reactivity of H- Donors in Water: Thermodynamic Constants for Hydrogen
    S. J. Connelly, E. S. Wiedner, A. M. Appel Dalton Trans. 2015, 44, 5933-5938.
  • Solvent Influence on the Thermodynamics for Hydride Transfer from Bis(diphosphine) Complexes of Nickel
    S. J. Connelly Robinson, C. Zall, D. L. Miller, J. C. Linehan, A. M. Appel Dalton Trans., 2016, 45, 10017-10023.

Please view Dr. Robinson’s CV (PDF) for more information.

Samantha Robinson

Why I Teach at SPU

Samantha Robinson, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

“I love sharing in the wonder that is the world around us and helping students use their curiosity to connect the dots and deepen their understanding of how atomic-level interactions are impacting large-scale outcomes.”

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