Christopher C. Cumminscummins
Professor of Chemistry


Education & Training:

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY A.B. 1989 Chemistry
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA Ph.D. 1993 Chemistry

Personal Statement:

My experience and qualifications to serve as a PI for the proposed research are in the area of synthetic chemistry. I am a co-author of more than 150 peer-reviewed publications in top journals of chemistry and general science. I have been a full professor of chemistry at MIT since 1996 with research interests encompassing inorganic synthesis and small molecule (N2, N2O, NO, CO2) activation reactivity and generation and study of reactive intermediates. A recent discovery (paper number 1 in the list of selected peer-reviewed publications) is reversible oxygen reduction to peroxide dianion in conjunction with molecular recognition; now we are proposing to bring these lessons learned concerning hydrogen bonding and molecular recognition of O22- into the field of metal-O2 cells for next-generation energy storage.

Positions and Honors:

National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, 1990-93;
Packard Foundation Fellowship, 1995-2000;
Sloan Foundation Fellowship, 1997-98. 
Member:  Göttingen Academy of Sciences (Fellow);
American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Fellow). 
Recipient:  National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 1995-98;
DuPont Young Professor Award, 1995-96;
E. Bright Wilson Prize, Harvard University, 1995;
3M Innovation Fund Award, 1996; Phi Lambda Upsilon Fresenius Award, 1997;
American Chemical Society Award in Pure Chemistry, 1998;
National Science Foundation Alan T. Waterman Award, 1998;
Technology Review 100 Innovator Award, 1999;
Dannie-Heineman Award, Göttingen Academy of Sciences, 2001;
Humboldt Foundation Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientist, 2001;
American Chemical Society F. Albert Cotton Award in Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry, 2007;
Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences, Tel Aviv University, 2007.

Selected Peer-reviewed Publications:

1. Lopez, N.; Graham, D. J.; McGuire, R.; Alliger, G. E.; Shao-Horn, Y.; Cummins, C. C. & Nocera, D. G. Reversible reduction of oxygen to peroxide facilitated by molecular recognition, Science 2012, 335, 450--453.

2. Clough, C. R.; Silvia, J. S.; Müller, P. & Cummins, C. C. Synthesis and characterization of the trimetaphosphate molybdenum tricarbonyl anion as its tris(bis(triphenylphosphine)iminium) salt, Inorg. Chim. Acta 2012, 382, 195--198.

3. Alliger, G. E.; Müller, P.; Do, L. H.; Cummins, C. C. & Nocera, D. G. Family of cofacial bimetallic complexes of a hexaanionic carboxamide cryptand, Inorg. Chem. 2011, 50, 4107--4115.

4. Montag, M.; Clough, C. R.; Müller, P. & Cummins, C. C. Cyclophosphates as ligands for cobalt(III) in water, Chem. Commun. 2011, 47, 662--664.

5. Silvia, J. S. & Cummins, C. C. Binding, release, and functionalization of CO2 at a nucleophilic oxo anion complex of titanium, Chem. Sci. 2011, 2, 1474--1479.

6. Solis-Ibarra, D.; Silvia, J. S.; Jancik, V. & Cummins, C. C. Facile Synthesis of zero-, one-, and two-dimensional vanadyl pyrophosphates, Inorg. Chem. 2011, 50, 9980--9984.

7. Alliger, G. E.; Müller, P.; Cummins, C. C. & Nocera, D. G. Cofacial dicobalt complex of a binucleating hexacarboxamide cryptand ligand, Inorg. Chem. 2010, 49, 3697--3699.

8. Cossairt, B. M. & Cummins, C. C. Molecular gallium arsenide phosphide clusters prepared from AsP3, P4, and [GaC(SiMe3)3]4, Chem. Eur. J. 2010, 16, available online.

9. Rankin, M. A. & Cummins, C. C. Carbon dioxide reduction by terminal tantalum hydrides: formation and isolation of bridging methylene diolate complexes, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 10021--10023.

10. Cossairt, B. M.; Diawara, M.-C. & Cummins, C. C. Facile Synthesis of AsP3, Science 2009, 323, 602--602.


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1. Advanced lithium ion and
multivalent ion batteries
2. Rechargeable metal-air batteries

3. Fuel & electrolysis cells




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