Charles Gerard Riordan

Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Deputy Provost for Research and Scholarship

University of Delaware

Newark, DE 19716


Tel: 302-831-4007

Twitter: @UDResearch



Charlie Riordan serves as Deputy Provost for Research and Scholarship with responsibility for advancing the University's research enterprise, including oversight of five University-wide research institutes and several core facilities.  The University of Delaware (UD) is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a very high research activity, a distinction achieved by less than 3 percent of U.S. colleges and universities.  UD ranks among the top 100 universities in terms of federal R&D support for science and engineering.  Riordan is an inorganic chemist whose research has been supported primarily by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. He is the recipient of a 1994 NSF Young Investigator Award (NYI).  A member of the UD faculty since 1997, he served as Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry from 2002-07 and was Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education from 2010-13.  Riordan served on the University's Path to Prominence strategic planning committee and chaired the University’s 2014-15 strategic planning process, Delaware Will Shine. He received the University's outstanding doctoral graduate advising and mentoring award in 2008. An elected fellow of both the Royal Society of Chemistry and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he received the 2013 American Chemical Society Delaware Section Award for his scholarly research.  Riordan was elected into Texas A&M University’s College of Science Academy of Distinguished Former Students.  Riordan has served on the editorial advisory boards of Inorganic Chemistry, the Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry and Dalton Transactions. He has served on numerous review panels and committees, including a three-year stint as Chair, of the NIH MSF-A study section.  He earned his bachelor's degree at the College of Holy Cross, his Ph.D. at Texas A&M University and was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Chicago.


Invited Lectures

Professional Positions:

2014-, Deputy Provost for Research and Scholarship, University of Delaware

2012-2014, Vice Provost for Research, University of Delaware

2010-2013, Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education, University of Delaware

2002-2007, Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Delaware

2001-, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Delaware

1999-2002, Director of Graduate Studies and Assistant Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Delaware

1997-2001, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Delaware

1994-1997, Graduate Faculty, Department of Biochemistry, Kansas State University

1993-1997, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Kansas State University (promotion to Associate Professor with tenure 1997)



1990-92, Research Associate: University of Chicago under the direction of Professor Jack Halpern. Kinetics, Mechanism and Thermodynamics of Iron-Carbon Bond Dissociation in Organoiron Porphyrin Complexes.

1990, Ph. D. in inorganic chemistry: Texas A&M University. Dissertation Title: "Reactions of Thiols with Low Valent Transition Metals: From Metal(0) Thiol Complexes to Metal(II) Thiolatohydrides" under the direction of Professor Marcetta Y. Darensbourg.

1986, B. A. in chemistry: College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA. Senior Project: "Synthesis of Group VI Alkyne Complexes" under the direction of Professor Richard S. Herrick.


Honors, Awards and Professional Recognition:

2013, Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

2013, American Chemical Society, Delaware Section Award

2012, E. Arthur Trabant Award for Women’s Equity given to the UD ADVANCE Team

2010, Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (U.K.)

2008, Outstanding Doctoral Graduate Advising and Mentoring Award, University of Delaware

2006, Lecturer, Chemistry Promotion Center of the National Science Council of Taiwan

2005, Fellow, Academy of Distinguished Former Students, Texas A&M College of Science

2003, Karcher Lecturer, University of Oklahoma

1994-99, National Science Foundation Young Investigator (NYI).

1990, Sharon Dabney Memorial Graduate Research Award sponsored by Phi Lambda Upsilon, Texas A&M University.

1990, Department of Chemistry Inorganic Research Award sponsored by the ACS, Texas A&M University.

1988-89, Arthur E. Martell Travel Grant Award; Texas A&M University.

1988-89, Phi Lambda Upsilon Travel Grant Award; Texas A&M University.

1986, American Institute of Chemists Award; College of the Holy Cross.


Professional Societies and Service:

2008-10, Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry

2007-12, Editorial Board, Dalton Transactions

2007-09, Editorial Advisory Board, Current Chemical Biology

2000-02, Editorial Advisory Board, Inorganic Chemistry

National Science Foundation Review Panels - 1997 CAREER Awards; 1998 NATO Fellowships

National Institutes of Health: Ad hoc member, Metallobiochemistry Study Section 2000, 2001, 2002; MSF-A, 2005: Regular member MSF-A 2006-2010; Chair, 2007-2010.

American Chemical Society
2003, Chair, Bioinorganic Subdivision, Division of Inorganic Chemistry (Served as Chair-Elect in 2002)
1995, Chair, Kansas State Section
1994, Vice-Chair, Kansas State Section

ACS Symposia Chaired
2011, ACS National Meeting, Anaheim, co-organizer (with Prof. J. Figueroa) “Recent Advances in Strucutral and Main Group Organometallic Chemistry ”

2003, ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, Chair (with Prof. T. Brunold) “Bioorganometallic Enzymology ”
2000, ACS National Meeting, Washington, DC, Chair (with Prof. J. Mayer) Symposium “Reactions of Radicals with Metal Ions”
2000, Mid-Atlantic Regional ACS Meeting, Inorganic Program Chair
1995, ACS National Meeting, Anaheim, CA, Chair (with Dr. D. Riley) Symposium “Honoring the ACS Inorganic Distinguished Service and Organometallic Award Recipients ”

2004, 4th International Conference on Coordination Chemistry (ICCC), Organizing Committee Member

2008, International Symposium on Bioorganometallic Chemistry (ISBOMC’08), Local Organizing Committee Member

2016, Telluride Science Research Center (TSRC) Conference, Activation of Small Molecules, co-organizer (with Profs. Borovik and Tolman)

Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry (SBIC)

2015-2020, Treasurer

2007-2011, Secretary; Secretary-Elect, 2006

American Institute of Chemists

Phi Lambda Upsilon
1988-90, President, Beta Beta Chapter, Phi Lambda Upsilon National Chemistry Honor Society, Texas A&M University

Sigma Xi

American Association for the Advancement of Science

2013, Elected Fellow

Royal Society of Chemistry

2010, Elected Fellow

last modified: 08 December 2015