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Michael Campbell

Assistant Professor of Chemistry




Altschul 601

Fall 2022 Office Hours:
T/Th 1:00–2:00pm, Altschul 514 (General Chemistry)
Fridays by Appointment


Michael G. Campbell was born in 1986 in Pennsylvania. He earned his B.S. in Chemistry in 2008 from Loyola University Maryland, graduating summa cum laude. While at Loyola he conducted research in organic synthesis as a Hauber Research Fellow, under Prof. Jesse D. More. He earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2014 under Prof. Tobias Ritter, where he worked mainly on the chemistry of palladium in unusual oxidation states. From 2014–2016 he was a postdoctoral fellow at MIT with Prof. Mircea Dincă, working in the area of electrically conductive metal–organic frameworks (MOFs). In July 2016, he joined the Department of Chemistry at Barnard College as an Assistant Professor.

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Advisor: Mircea Dincă

Ph.D. Chemistry, Harvard University
Advisor: Tobias Ritter

M.A. Chemistry, Harvard University

B.S. Chemistry, Loyola University Maryland

The Campbell Group at Barnard uses the tools of synthetic organometallic and inorganic chemistry to address diverse challenges in catalysis and materials science.  A primary focus of our work is developing new reactivity with silver, which has historically been an underappreciated and poorly understood element.

Research in the Campbell Group is currently supported by grant awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Dreyfus Foundation, as well as a Barnard College Presidential Research Award.

CHEM BC3271  Inorganic Chemistry

CHEM BC3272  Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

CHEM BC2001  General Chemistry

CHEM BC2012  General Chemistry Laboratory

CHEM BC3328  Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory

CHEM BC3901  Senior Thesis Seminar

FYSB BC1474  Think Like a Scientist: From Plato to Hawking

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Asterisks(*) Indicate Barnard Student Co-Authors

Dinuclear Silver Complexes in Catalysis
T. Elkoush*, N.D. Reich*, M.G. Campbell
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 22614–22622.

Visible Light Absorption and Long-Lived Excited States in Dinuclear Silver(I) Complexes with Redox-Active Ligands
D.J. Shields, T. Elkoush*, E. Miura-Stempel*, C.L. Mak*, G.-H. Niu, A.D. Gudmundsdottir, M.G. Campbell
Inorg. Chem. 2020, 59, 18338–18344.

Silver(II) and Silver(III) Intermediates in Alkene Aziridination with a Dinuclear Silver(I) Nitrene Transfer Catalyst
T. Elkoush*, C.L. Mak*, D.W. Paley, M.G. Campbell
ACS Catal. 2020, 10, 4820–4826.

Switchable Electrical Conductivity in a Three-Dimensional Metal–Organic Framework via Reversible Ligand n-Doping
H.C. Wentz*, G. Skorupskii, A.B. Bonfim*, J.L. Mancuso, C.H. Hendon, E.H. Oriel, G.T. Sazama, M.G. Campbell
Chem. Sci. 2020, 11, 1342–1346.

Argentophilic Interactions in Solution: An EXAFS Study of Silver(I) Nitrene Transfer Catalysts
C.L. Mak*, B.C. Bostick, N.M. Yassin*, M.G. Campbell
Inorg. Chem. 2018, 575720.

In The News

This summer, faculty in Barnard’s Chemistry Department were awarded major federal grants that will support them, individually and collaboratively, as they research a variety of topics.

August 22, 2018