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Professor Anthony Addison

Anthony W. Addison, PhD

Professor Emeritus
Department of Chemistry
Office: Disque Hall 418
Phone: 215.895.2646
Fax: 215.895.1697


  • BSc, (Hons-I), University of New South Wales, 1968
  • PhD, University of Kent at Canterbury, 1971
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University, 1970-72
  • Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia, 1972-78
  • Associate Professor, Drexel University, 1978-1991
  • Professor, Drexel University, 1991– present

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

Design, synthesis and properties of novel chelating agents and of macrocyclic and oligonuclear metal complexes. Bioinorganic chemistry of metalloproteins, models for various properties of Fe, Cu, Ni and V centres in O2-transporting and redox proteins. Electrochemistry, CD, EPR and magnetic properties of extended and molecular systems for thermal & photostimulated energy- and electron-transfer.

Addison has published numerous papers in the areas of metalloprotein chemistry, the chemistry of non-macromolecular active-site models of metalloproteins, and the design of novel redox-active and photoactive complexes. He maintains active collaborations with x-ray crystallographic and other research groups in the U.S. and Ukraine. Of these active collaborations Addison says, "Classical biochemistry has acceded to the reality that a large number of physiologically important biological macromolecules owe their functional activity to the presence of one or more metal ions in their structures. We are engaged in synthesis of ‘unnatural' molecules, whose behaviors are designed to reveal to us clues about the action of metal ions in such biological structures. Their roles include energy transfer or electron transfer over long distances."


Professor Addison, for many years Drexel’s token Australian, is a C. & M. Lindback Distinguished Teaching Awardee, the recipient of the 2016 ACS Philadelphia Section Research Award, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2008), a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (2012) and a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (2016). He is an officer and past chairman of the ACS Philadelphia Section, and a member of both the International EPR Society & the Canadian Society for Chemistry. He is lead author of the most-cited article published by the RSC in the field of Inorganic Chemistry in the last 120 years, as well as of several other highly-cited papers. His >270 articles and conference presentations have garnered over 14,000 citations in the research literature, a Hirsch Index of 41, an Egghe g-index of 107, a Google i10 of 94 & a Google i99 of 14.

Selected Publications:

P.E.M. Amaral, M. Zeller, M. Nozari, & A.W. Addison*, "1,3-Bis(N-methylbenzimidazol-2'-yl)-2-phenylpropanedichloridocopper(II)" Journal of Chemical Crystallography (2022) 000, 0000-0000.

M. Nozari, A.W. Addison*, G.T. Reeves, M. Zeller, J.P. Jasinski, M. Kaur, J.G. Gilbert, C.R. Hamilton, J.M. Popovitch, L.M. Wolf, L.E. Crist & N. Bastida, “New Pyrazole and Benzimidazole-Derived Ligand Systems”; The Journal of Heterocyclic Chemistry (2018) 55(6), 1291-1307.

G.T. Reeves*, A.W. Addison & M. Zeller, "Ruthenium(II) Complexes of the Tetradentate Polypyridyl Thioether 1,2-Bis[3’-(2”-pyridyl)-1’-thiapropyl]benzene", Polyhedron (2020) Article-114367.

E.A. Mikhalyova, M. Zeller, J.P. Jasinski, R.J. Butcher, L.M. Carrella, A.E. Sedykh, K.S. Gavrilenko, S.S. Smola, M. Frasso, S. Calderon Cazorla, K. Perera, A. Shi, H.G. Ranjbar, C. Smith, A. Deac, Y. Liu, S.M. McGee, V.P. Dotsenko, M.U. Kumke, K. Müller-Buschbaum, E. Rentschler, A.W. Addison* & V.V. Pavlishchuk*, "Combination of single-molecule magnet behaviour and luminescence properties in a new series of lanthanide complexes with tris(pyrazolyl)borate and oligo(β-diketonate) ligands" Dalton Transactions (2020) 49, 7774-7789.

V. I. Smith, M. Nozari*, M. Zeller & A. W. Addison, “Crystal structure of (2,2'-bipyridyl)[2,6-bis-(1-butyl-1H-benzimidazol-2-yl)pyridine]chloridoiridium(III) trifluoromethanesulfonate”, Acta Crystallographica (2017) E73, 127-132 [doi: 10.1107/S205698901700010X]

I.L. Eremenko, A.W. Addison* & V.V. Pavlishchuk*, "Crystal structures and intense luminescence of tris(3-(2’-pyridyl)-pyrazolyl)borate Tb3+ and Eu3+ complexes with carboxylate co-ligands", Dalton Transactions (2017) 46(11), 3457-3469: The cover article of the 2017 issue #11.

Book: J. J. Stephanos* & A.W. Addison, “Electrons, Atoms and Molecules in Inorganic Chemistry: A Worked Examples Approach"; Academic Press, June 29th, 2017.  ISBN 978 012 811 0485.

E.A. Mikhalyova, M. Zeller, S. Trofimenko, A. W. Addison* & V. V. Pavlishchuk, “New homodinuclear tris(3-alkylpyrazolyl)borate complexes of Co(II) and Ni(II) with tetraacetylethane dianion as a bridging ligand” (invited paper for special issue celebrating the golden anniversary of the discovery of scorpionates by Swiatoslaw “Jerry” Trofimenko), Acta Crystallographica (2016) C72(11), 777-785. [DOI: 10.1107/S205322961601398X]

G.T. Reeves*, A.W. Addison & M. Zeller, "Ruthenium(II) complexes of some simple classic amine ligands", Inorganica Chimica Acta, 432 (June 2015) 185-191

L. Serpas, B. Milorey, L.A. Pandiscia, A.W. Addison & R. Schweitzer-Stenner*, "Autoxidation of Reduced Horse Heart Cytochrome c Catalyzed by Cardiolipin-Containing Membranes", The Journal of Physical Chemistry (2016) B120, 12219−12231. [DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.6b05620]

M. Nozari, J.P. Jasinski, M. Kaur, A.W. Addison, A.A. Shamsabadi & M. Soroush, "Crystal structure of 5,7,12,14-tetrahydro-5,14:7,12-bis([1,2]benzeno)pentacene-6,13-dione". Acta Crystallographica Section E: Crystallographic Communications (Dec. 2016) 72E(12) 1734-1738 [doi:10.1107/S2056989016017461]

E. A. Mikhalyova, A. V. Yakovenko, M. Zeller, M. A. Kiskin, Y. V. Kolomzarov, I.L. Eremenko, A. W. Addison* & V. V. Pavlishchuk*, "Manifestation of π-π Stacking

Interactions in Luminescence Properties and Energy Transfer in Aromatically-Derived Tb, Eu and Gd Tris(pyrazolyl)borate Complexes". Inorganic Chemistry, 54 (2015) 3125-3133. [DOI: 10.1021/ic502120g]

Book: J. J. Stephanos* & A.W. Addison, “Chemistry of Metalloproteins: Problems and Solutions in Bioinorganic Chemistry” (Wiley Series in Protein and Peptide  Science); Wiley-Interscience, New York, 2014; ISBN: 978-1-118-47044-2; 400 pp., July 2014.

G.T. Reeves*, A.W. Addison, M. Zeller & A.D. Hunter, “Ru(II) thioether complexes with dangling pyridine ligands”, Polyhedron, 68 (2014) 70-75 [DOI10.1016/j.poly.2013.10.001]