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Anne E. V. Gorden
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Associate Professor

Research Areas: Organic

Office: 261 Chemistry Building

179 Chemistry Building
Auburn, AL 36849

Phone: (334) 844-6973
Fax: (334) 844-6959



Emory University, B. S.,Chemistry and Literature
The University of Texas, Ph. D., Organic Chemistry
The University of California, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Seaborg Center Postdoctoral Fellow

Professional Employment

Associate Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Auburn University
2014- present
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Auburn University
2011- present
Assistant Professor, Department Chemistry and Biochemistry, Auburn University
2005- 2011
Post-doctoral Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
2003- 2005
Post-doctoral Associate, University of California
2002- 2003
Graduate Research Assistant, Los Alamos National Laboratory
1999- 2002

Honors and Awards

Auburn University Women of Distinction Faculty Award
Chi Omega Convocation Award/ Auburn University Panhellenic Advisor of the Year
Delta Gamma Foundation Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence
Duke University Talent Identification Program Distinguished Alumnae Award
Au Society for Women in Science and Mathematics Faculty Mentoring Award
ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award
Top Five Hot Topics/ Cool Papers - Fall 2006 MRS Conference
The Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Seaborg Center Postdoctoral Fellow
Seaborg Institute Research Fellow, Los Alamos National Lab
2000, 2001, 2002
Delta Gamma Foundation, Fellowship for Women in Science
2000, 1999
Seaborg Research Fellow, Los Alamos National Lab
General Electric Faculty for the Future Graduate Fellowship
General Electric Faculty for the Future Undergraduate Fellowship
Humana Healthcare Corporation Scholarship
Clark Foundation Grant, The University of Texas at Dallas
National Merit Scholar

Professional Activities

American Chemical Society, 1994- present
American Chemical Society Auburn Local Section - Executive Committee, Women Chemist Committee Representative, 2012- present
Committee Representative, 2012- present
Organized Chemistry Week Auburn LSACS Chemistry Tailgate, 10/25/2013
Organized Auburn LSACS Reception at SERMACS Atlanta, 11/15/2013
Organized Chemistry Week Auburn LSACS Chemistry Tailgate, 10/26/2013
Organized Auburn LSACS National Chemistry Week Celebration, 10/26/2013
Organized Auburn LSACS Reception at ACS Meeting, New Orleans, 4/8/2013
National Academy of Inventors, 2014- present
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, 2003- present
AWIS, Association of Women in Science, 2006- present
Materials Research Society, 2006- 2009
Iota Sigma Pi, Honor Society for Women in Chemistry, 1998- present
ISP - National Awards Committee - Gladys A. Emerson Award, 1998- present
ISP - Centennial Awards for Excellence in Teaching Award Committee; 2012, 2011
ISP - National Awards Committee - Undergraduate Research, 2010
National Council, National Council Secretary, 2005- 2008
ISP Undergraduate Award for Excellence in Chemistry Committee, 2008
National Convention, Delegate for H chapter, 2005
National Convention, Delegate for T chapter, 2002
Website Coordinator, University of Texas at Austin, 1998-2000
Reactivation Charter Member, University of Texas at Austin, 1998

Research and Teaching Interests

The overall research goal of the Gorden Research Group is to develop broad-ranging, state-of-the-art programs based on combining organic synthesis and inorganic metal coordination chemistry, and to apply this both fundamental chemistry and practical applications.

Actinides for metal detection Actinide Specific Metal Detection - The use of actinides for energy or military applications has resulted in a host of waste and contamination issues. A need exists for new materials that can coordinate, sense, manipulate, to decontaminate sites or for sensors, “sensing” polymers, sprays, or pastes to detect and isolate toxic metals. Chemosensors such as these will allow for rapid in the field visual identification and thus increase ease of decontamination. We have developed ligands incorporating a quinoxaline into a salen backbone. The addition of a quinoxaline to the salen imparts the fluorescence to the quinoxaline and alters the coordination site. We have used these complexes to probe the contributing factors toward selectivity, signal intensity, and the differentiation between actinides (like uranium and thorium) and transition metals (like copper or cobalt). Differences in their spectroscopic signature is characteristic enough to discriminate between uranyl and transition metals. Additional experiments will continue to quantify this selectivity. 

Schiff base imine complex with uranyl Improving Actinide Separations and Extractions - Contained within nuclear fuel wastes are valuable, reusable materials including uranium and plutonium that can be recycled. Various ligand systems have been proposed for the selective coordination of actinides; however, their use in applications is often limited by low signal response, sensitivity to pH, competition from other metals, or they are not proliferation resistant methods. The focus of this project is the synthesis and characterization of coordination complexes featuring soft-donor atoms (i.e., nitrogen and sulfur) for extraction agents that can differentiate between metals. We will use these to prepare metal complexes with uranium and then transuranic metals to test for selectivity, and thus learn about the fundamental chemistry like hard-soft interactions, selectivity, and reactivity, to allow us to improve separations methods.

Cu(II)-salqu complex for catalysisHomogeneous Catalysis Based on Cu(II) or Mn(II) with Heterocyclic Ligand Supports - In “Green” chemistry we are seeking to use more environmentally-friendly or less-toxic chemicals, to eliminate purification steps, and to use catalytic rather than stoichiometric reactions methods, in the hopes of reducing wastes. The objective of this program is to develop ligand supported metal catalysts using quinoxolinol salens and copper or manganese. We have been able to use a quinoxolinol salen (salqu) copper complex in the oxidation of aryl methylenes in up to 99% yields while reducing the energy required because of increased solubility and better stabilization of the intermediates. We have investigated selective allyic oxidation in steroids, and are now investigating other allylic oxidations, the reaction mechanism, and electrochemistry.

Selected Publications

(See the Research Group Webpage for a full list of Publications)
  1. Maynard, B.A.; Lynn, K.A.; Sykora, R. E ;Gorden, A. E. V. "Emission, Raman Spectroscopy, and Structural Characterization of Actinide Tetracyanometallates" Inorg. Chem. 2013 52 (9), 4880-4889.
  2. Weerasiri, K.C.; Gorden, A. E. V. "Oxidation of Propargylic Alcohols using a 2-Quinoxalinol Salen Copper (II) Complex and tert-Butyl Hydroperoxide" Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2013 (8) 1546–1550.
  3. Gorden, A.E. V.; DeVore, M. A., II; Maynard, B.A.; " Coordination Chemistry with f-Element Complexes for An Improved Understanding of Factors that Contribute to Extraction Selectivity,"Inorg. Chem. 201352 (7), pp 3445–3458.
  4. DeVore, M.; Gorden, A.E. V. "Copper and Uranyl Extraction from Aqueous Solution Using Bis-dithiophosphinite Ligands" Polyhedron 2012,  42 (1), 271 - 275.
  5. Li, Yuancheng; Lee, Tae Bum; Wang, Tanyu, Gamble, Audrey, V.; Gorden, Anne, E. V.; “Allylic C-H Activations using Cu(II) 2-Quinoxalinol Salen and tert-Butyl Hydroperoxide”  J. Org. Chem. 2012, 77, 4628 - 4633.  

Last updated: 05/26/2016