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David Boston

Visiting Assistant Professor

David Boston
Contact Info
Chemistry (CHEM) 224


Doctorate in Inorganic chemistry from University of Texas at Arlington

Bachelors of Science in chemistry from Iowa State University

Research Interests

Solar fuels, directional control of photosystems through the use of molecular electronics, dye sensitized solar cells, and carbon dioxide remediation through reduction to fuels.


  1. Bhowmick, I.; Boston, D.J.; Higgins, R.F.; Klug, C. M.; Shores, M.P.; Gupta, T.; Naked eye detection of cyanide in water with CoII bis(terpyridine) complexes, Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical, 2016, 235, 325-329. DOI: 10.1016/j.snb.2016.05.053.
  2. Higgins, R. F.; Fatur, S. M.; Shepard, S. G.; Stevenson, S. M.; Boston, D.J.; Ferreira, E. M.; Damrauer, N. H.; Rappe, A. K.; Shores, M. P.; Uncovering the roles of oxygen in Cr(III) photoredox catalysis, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138 (16), pp 5451–5464. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b02723.
  3. Asland, J. M.; Boston, D.J.; MacDonnell, F. M.; Photodriven Multi-electron Storage in Disubstituted Ru(II) Dppz Analogues, Chem. Eur. J., 2015, 21 (48), 17314-17323, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201502607.
  4. Boston, D.J.; Franco Pachón, Y. M.; Lezna, R. O.; de Tacconi, N. R.; MacDonnell, F. M.; Electrocatalytic and Photocatalytic Conversion of CO2 to Methanol using Ruthenium Complexes with Internal Pyridyl Cocatalysts, Inorg. Chem., 2014, 53 (13), 6544–6553, DOI: 10.1021/ic500051m.
  5. Boston, D.J.; Huang, K.-L.; De Tacconi, N.; Myung, N.; MacDonnell, F. M.; Rajeshwar, K. In Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting: Materials, Processes and Architectures; Lewerenz, H. J., Peter, L., Eds. 2013, p 289.
  6. Boston, D.J.; Xu, C.; Armstrong, D.; MacDonnell; F. M.;Homogeneous Photochemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide to Methanol with Pyridinium Catalysts Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2013, 135 (44), 16252-16255, DOI: 10.1021/ja406074w.
  7. Boston, D.J.; Xu, C.; Armstrong, D. W.; MacDonnell, F. M.; Photoreduction of carbon dioxide to methanol using a homogeneous pyridinium catalyst and a ruthenium polypyridyl chromophore, Preprints - American Chemical Society, Division of Energy & Fuels, 2013, 58(1), 275.
  8. de Tacconi, N.; Chanmanee, W.; Dennis, B.; MacDonnell, F. M.; Boston, D.J.; Rajeshwar, K.; Electrocatalytic Reduction of Carbon Dioxide Using Pt/C-TiO2 (or Pt-Pd/C-TiO2) Nanocomposite Cathodes, Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters, 2012, 15 (1), B5-B8, DOI: 10.1149/2.008201esl.
  9. Singh, S.; de Tacconi, N. R.; Boston, D.J.; MacDonnell, F. M., Photoinduced ligand transformations in a ruthenium complex of dimethoxytetrapyridotetraazapentacene. Dalton Trans., 2010, 39 (46), 11180 - 11187, DOI: C0DT00982B.
  10. Boston, D.J.; The Oxidation of Glycerol via Asymmetric Hydrogenation of Acetone, 2007. (Research summary for Plagens Research Stipend, Iowa State University)
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