Welcome to the Rosenthal Research Lab



We are a research group in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Delaware. The majority of our group is focused on solving problems related to the environment with particular emphasis on renewable energy storage and conversion. To accomplish these goals, our program applies advanced synthetic and physical techniques to prepare and characterize new complexes and materials with interesting electronic and reactivity profiles. Tantamount to our goals is the ability to design and construct new molecules and materials for a targeted application. Advanced electrochemical, spectroscopic and computational analyses guide this design process and afford a better physical understanding of the different systems under consideration. The majority of our work is centered in two key arenas: This first involves development of new platforms for capture and conversion of carbon dioxide to fuels and vaule added compounds. We are also focused on establishing new methods for tailoring the chemical and physical properties of surfaces, including electrode and metal oxides materials for sensing and catalysis applications.



Latest Group News


May 30, 2014

Congrats to Allen, Mike and Eric on having their phlorin binding paper accepted to JPC (details)!


May 21, 2014

Our Bi-CMEC system has been highlighted in Chemical and Engineering News (details)!


May 20, 2014

Congrats to John and Tian for winning first and second place awards, respectively for their research presentations at UD's 2014 Silver Symposium!


May 10, 2014

Congrats to Thomas on being named a Wallace H. Carothers Scholar!


May 1, 2014

Congrats to Jonnathan and John on having their paper on CO2 redcution by an in-situ formed Bi-CMEC accepted to JACS (details)!


March 24, 2014

Congrats to Ben on being name a Goldwater Scholar (details)!


March 1, 2014

Joel has been awarded a prestigious NSF CAREER award! This grant will fund our lab's research on energy storage and CO2 reduction (details)!


February 18, 2014

Joel has been awarded a prestigious A. P. Sloan Research Fellowship in Chemistry (details)!


December, 2013

Joel has been highlighted as a 2013 "Mover and Shaker" by The Catalyst Review (details)!


November 20, 2013

Joel has been named a 2013 Camille and Henry Dreyfus Environmental Chemistry Mentor (details)!


November 7, 2013

Congrats to Justin and Allen on having their paper on CO2 activation by a Rhenium-BODIPY complex accpeted to Catalysis Today (details)!


October 26, 2013

Congrats to Ben and Thomas on receiving first place awards for their presentations at the 16th Annual UMBC Undergraduate Research Symposium!


August 28, 2013

Congrats to Mike and Allen on having their communication accepted to Organometallics (details)!


August 8, 2013

Congrats to Justin and Rachel on having their ECL paper accepted to JACS (details)!


July 1, 2013

Our research has been highlighted in a Feature article on carbon dioxide conversion in Chemical and Engineering News (details)!


June 24, 2013

The lab welcomes POWER High School Summer Students Eric Walker and Andreas Elterich! Thanks to the ACS Project SEED Program for helping to support Eric and Andreas!


June 19, 2013

Our research has been highlighted by UDaily (details) and WOC (details)!


June 14, 2013

Congrats to Gabe and Allen for having their CO2 photocatalysis paper accepted to ACS Catalysis! (details)


May 20, 2013

Congrats to John for having his paper detailing a new inexpensive electrocatalyst for CO2 reduction accepted to JACS! (details)


May 15, 2013

Congrats to Allen for receiving the third place award for his research presentation at our Departmental Silver Symposium!


April 13, 2013

Congrats to Justin for receiving a second place award for his research presentation at the 77th Intercollegiate Student Chemists Convention!


March 2013

Congrats to Allen and Mike for having their paper on phlorin chemistry accepted to JACS! (details)


February 2013

Our collaborative study on water soluble BODIPY derivatives for applications involving ECL has been accepted for publication in J. Phys. Chem! (details)


January 2013

Our group's work has been highlighted in the UD Messenger Research Magazine! (details)


November 2012

Congrats to Tian and John for successfully passing their qualifying exams!


October 20, 2012

Congrats to Justin on winning a first place award at the 15th Annual UMBC Undergraduate Research Symposium!


October 12, 2012

Congrats to Amber and Rachel for having their electrode modification paper accepted by Chemical Science!


August 22, 2012

Congrats to Allen, John, Rachel, Tian, Jen and Gabe for their succesful presentations and posters at the National ACS Meeting in Philadelphia!


August 9, 2012

Congrats to Justin for winning an Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research in Sustainability Prize! (details)


July 12, 2012

Joel has been awarded a DuPont Young Professor Award! (details)


July 9, 2012

Congrats to Allen on having his first paper accepted to the Journal of Physical Chemistry!


June 2, 2012

Congrats to Allen, John, Piyal and Tian on their great presentations and posters at the Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting of the ACS!


May 30, 2012

Our lab's first paper has been published as part of a special issue of Dalton Transactions! (details)


April 14, 2012

Congratulations to Justin for receiving a first place award for his research presentation at the 76th Intercollegiate Student Chemists Convention! (details)


October 26, 2011

Jennifer Eddy has joined the group. Welcome Jennifer!


October 22, 2011

Congratulations to Justin and Mike for winning first place for their poster presentations at the 14th Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at UMBC! (details)


August 24, 2011

Congratulations to Gabe for receiving a LSAMP Doctoral Fellowship!


August 10, 2011

Our research has been profiled in Nature! (details)


May 13, 2011

Our group has received seed funding from the UD Research Foundation.


May 10, 2011

Our research has been highlighted by The Review. (details).


May 3, 2011

Joel discussed the importance of renewable energy research with Mellany Armstrong and Peter MacArthur on WDEL, 1150 AM (listen here).


April 4, 2011

Joel has received an ORAU Ralphe E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award and our lab has received seed funding for the development of new electrocatalysts (details).