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Daniel P. Harrison, Ph.D.

HarrisonDaniel2013_DPH_shrunkAssistant Professor

Ph.D. - University of Virginia (2011)
B.S. - Virginia Military Institute (2005)

Specialty: Physical Chemistry &Synthesis of Inorganic Complexes for Applications in Electrocatalysis and Renewable Energy

405C Science Building
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA  24450
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Daniel Harrison is a 2005 VMI chemistry graduate. He was awarded his Ph.D. at the University of Virginia where he studied the ability of inorganic compounds to modify the standard organic chemistry of aromatic molecules. Many of the novel compounds he synthesized are at the National Institutes of Health: Molecular Library for Small Molecule Repository to evaluate their biological activity. Daniel continued his research career as a Post-Doctoral research associate with Thomas J. Meyer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Energy Frontier Research Center: “Solar Fuels”. There he studied the catalytic conversion of H2O and CO2 into usable fuels for applications in renewable energy technology. Daniel returned to VMI in January 2013 and is currently teaching Physical Chemistry. At VMI, his research efforts focus on utilizing electrochemical methods to analyze inorganic molecules that his students synthesize, in order to determine their ability to produce usable combustible fuels from electricity. His research is a part of a larger global effort to produce renewable fuels and help develop a carbon neutral economy. Daniel originally became interested in science because of his fascination with colors, fireworks, and a desire to understand and explain our physical surroundings with concrete descriptions.

 Recent Publications:


  • Christopher R. Turlington, Daniel P. Harrison, Peter S. White, Maurice Brookhart, and Joseph L. Templeton. “Probing the Oxidation Chemistry of Half-Sandwich Iridium Complexes with Oxygen Atom Transfer Reagents.” Inorganic Chemistry, 2013, Article ASAP.
  • Daniel A. Torelli, Daniel P. Harrison, Alexander M. Lapides, and Thomas J. Meyer. “Strategies for Stabilization of Electrodeposited Metal Particles in Electropolymerized Films for H2O Oxidation and H+ Reduction.” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2013, 5, 7050-7057.
  • Daniel P. Harrison, Alexander M. Lapides, Robert A. Binstead, Javier J. Concepcion, Manuel A. Méndez, Daniel A. Torelli, Joseph L. Templeton, and Thomas J. Meyer. “Coordination Chemistry of Single-Site Catalyst Precursors in Reductively Electropolymerized Vinylbipyridine Films.” Inorganic Chemistry, 2013, 52, 4747-4749.