Scientific Research Categories

Bioinorganic Chemistry

1DUR ferredoxin

Metalloenzymology, Biomimetic Compounds, Structure/Function

Computational Chemistry

electron-density flow as a result of antiferromagnetic coupling

Density Functional Theory, Semi-Empirical Hamiltonians, Tight-binding, Force fields

Organometallic Chemistry

palladium cyano esterification

Fe-C Bonds, Pd Catalysis, Olefin Metathesis, Carbon Dioxide Fixation

Materials Science

SEM of Fe-containing kaolinite from MT

Intercalated, Exfoliated, Delaminated Clays and Nanoclays, Kaolinite, Halloysite

Chemical Structure

AIM topology calculated for H-cluster

Electronic and Geometric Structures, Spin Coupling, Covalency, Chemical Bonding


Complete electronic structure from multi-edge XAS

X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy: 


Invited Talks



  • lecture and teaching demonstration at the Earth-Life Science Institute, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan; February 19-20
  • lecture at the Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University and research meeting at Kiyotani-ken hosted by Hirotomo Nishihara Sensei, Sendai, Japan; January 31 


  • department seminar at University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY; September 3
  • public lecture in Bozeman (Nordic Brew Works) at the inaugural “Keginar” event – Chemobrionics, Chemical Gardens, Emergence of Life ; April 23
  • lecture at Chemobrionics 30/80 Meeting, Granada, Spain; March 11-13 


  • lecture at the Flathead Community College, Kalispell, MT; February 2-3 


  • lecture at inaugural meeting of the Northwestern Theoretical and Computational Chemistry Consortium, PNNL, Richland, WA; October 26-27
    public lecture at University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Hungary; October 2
  • lecture at the 254th ACS National Meeting, Washington, DC; August 20-24
  • lecture and hands-on training at SSRL, Menlo Park, CA; June 19-23
  • department seminar at University of Montana, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Missoula, MT; April 10


  •  departmental seminar at Yokohama City University, Quantum Physical Chemistry  Laboratory; July 20
  • lecture at the 8th Middle European Clay Conference, Kosice, Slovakia; July 4-8
    departmental seminar at University of Iowa, Department of Chemistry, Iowa City, IA; January 29
    lecture at The Montana Tech Public Lecture Series, Butte, MT; January 21 



  • departmental seminar, Ibaraki University,  Department of Chemistry, Mito; November 30-December 5
    seminar at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA; October 16
  • plenary lecture at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, Users’ Meeting; Oct. 9
  • public lecture at Ibaraki University, Hitachi Campus, Hitachi City; June 11
  • seminar at Nagoya University, World Premier Institute, Nagoya; June 8
  • seminar at Department of Chemistry, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA; May 8
  • keynote speaker at American Chemical Society, Montana Section, University of  Montana – Helena College of Technology, Helena, MT; April 18
  • seminar at Catalysis Research Centre, Hokkaido University, Sapporo; March 2
  • seminar and workshop at Ibaraki University, Chemistry, Mito; February 2-5


  • seminar at the ZNGLAB, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary; December 15
  • seminar at the Institute of Chemistry, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary; December 11
  • seminar at the Institute of Chemistry, University of Debrecen, Hungary; December 5
  • lecture at the Coordination Chemical Workgroup, Hungarian Academy of Sciences Budapest, Hungary; November 11
  • lecture at the Central European Symposium on Theoretical Chemistry, Nagybörzsöny, Hungary; September 21-25
  • lecture and poster at the 1st Water Chemistry and Technology Conference and  Annual Meeting of the Spectrochemical Workgroup of Hungarian Academy  of Sciences, Veszprém, Hungary; July 8
  • seminar at the Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary; May 8
  • Szent-Györgyi Albert Research Professor lecture at the Faculty of Engineering  University of Pannonia, Veszprém; May 7
  • seminar at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Chemical  Engineering Graduate Studies, Budapest, Hungary; April 9
  • seminar at Institute of Chemistry, University of Pecs, Hungary; April 4
  • public presentation on the “Science in the Pub” event organized by University of  Pannonia, Veszprém, Hungary; April 1
  • lecture at the National Excellence Program meeting, Veszprém, Hungary; March 5
  • lecture for students at the Ányos Jedlik Dormitory, University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Hungary; February 26
  • seminar in the Sawamura Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Hokkaido University, Sapporo; February 17
  • seminar and workshop at Ibaraki University, Chemistry, Mito; February 12-14


  • seminar at the Kyoto Institute for Chemical Research, Uji Campus, Kyoto; December 2
  • lecture at the 6thAsian-Pacific Conference of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry,  Gyeongju, Korea; July 10-13
  • seminar at the Fukui Institute, Kyoto; July 5
  • seminar at Nagoya University, Department of Chemistry, Nagoya; June 20
  • seminar at Spring-8 Synchrotron Laboratory, Sayo-Gun, Hyogo; June 18
  • seminar at Yokohama City University, Department of Nanobioscience; Yokohama, May 10
  • seminar at Photon Factory, High Energy Laboratory, Tsukuba; April 8
  • seminar at Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai; March 15 and July 9
  • seminar at Hokkaido University, Department of Chemistry, Sapporo; March 5 & July 16
  • lecture at the meeting of the Biophysical Society of Hokkaido, Sapporo; March 4


  • seminars at York University, York, ON, Canada and University Ottawa’s Centre for  Catalysis Research and Innovation, Ottawa, ON, Canada; September 24-28
  • lecture Structural Molecular Biology, Low-Z XAS Summer School 2012, Stanford  Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, Menlo Park, CA; July 16-18
  • seminars at the University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Hungary, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences; June 14-18
  • presentation on Bioinorganic Chemistry, 95th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Calgary, AB; May 26-30


  • presentation at the 3th Georgian Bay International Conference in Bioinorganic   Chemistry, Parry Sound, ON, Canada; May 31-June 4
  • presentation at the Catalysis Workshop at the Users’ Meeting of the Synchrotron  Radiation Lightsource, SLAC, Menlo Park, CA; October 24-26


  • Structural Molecular Biology Low-Z XAS Summer School 2010. Stanford Synchrotron  Radiation Lightsource, SLAC, Menlo Park, California; July 20-23
  • 3rd International Thermochromic Meeting, West Olive, MI; July 5-6
  • Thermal Biology Institute, Research Associates Meeting, Bozeman, MT; June 9-10 



  •  2nd International Thermochromic Meeting, West Olive, MI; July 20-21
  • Department of Chemistry, The Centre for Theoretical and Computational Chemistry,  University of Tromsø, Norway; April 22


  • Department Seminar at the Chemistry Department, Indiana University, Bloomington,  IN; September 25-27
  • 236th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Philadelphia, PA; August 17-21
  • 4th International Symposium on Bioorganometallic Chemistry, Missoula, MT; July 6-10
  • seminar at the Department of Computer Science, MSU; April 21
  • seminar at the Bioinformatics User Group, MSU, Bozeman, MT; April 16
  • 5th Japan-China Crossover Science Symposium, Mito, Ibaraki, Japan; February 28-29
  • 48th Sanibel Symposium, St. Simons Island, GA; February 21-26
  • Protein Cofactors, Radicals and Quinones: GRC, Ventura, CA; January 20-2 


  • SSRL/LCLS Users’ Meeting, Menlo Park, CA; September 28 - October 3
  • TheoBio-07 Theoretical Biophysics Symposium, Cetraro, Italy; June 16-20
  • 233rd ACS National Meeting, Chicago, IL; March 25-29


  • 33rd SSRL Users' Meeting, Menlo Park, CA; October 12-13
  • Iron-Sulfur Enzymes: Gordon Research Conference, Colby-Sawyer College,  New London, NH; June 11-16 


  • EXAFS and XANES workshop, 2005 Users’ Meeting ALS Berkeley, CA; October 21-23
  • Department Seminar at the Department of Chemistry, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia; June 6 


  • seminar at the Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Veszprém, Veszprém, Hungary; June 4 

Undergraduate, Graduate, and Postdoctoral Training

Postdoctoral Research at Stanford University

Postdoc at Stanford

Publications under the supervision of 

Prof. Edward I. Solomon

Prof. Britt Hedman, and 

Prof. Keith O. Hogdson


Postdoctoral Research at Emory University


Publications under the supervision of

Prof. Keiji Morokuma and

 Dr. Jamaladdin Musaev


Ph.D. Dissertation Research at University of Veszprém

Alma mater, Ph.D. work

Publications under the supervision of

Prof. Lajos Bencze.

(B.Eng. 1990-1993, M.Sc. 1993-1995, Ph.D. 1995-1998).

Visiting graduate student at 

Prof. Gernot Frenking's 

(1996,  Philipps-Universität Marburg) and 

Prof. Nino Russo's 

(1995,  Universita della Calabria, Arcavacata di Rende, Cosenza)