Amanda Oldacre

Assistant Professor Chemistry Department

Chemistry, Ph.D
University at Buffalo, 2018

Biochemistry, B.S.
Niagara University, 2014

Amanda Oldacre

Assistant Professor, St. Lawrence University 2019-present
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Lehigh University, 2018-2019

Regulary Taught Courses
CHEM 103: General Chemistry I
CHEM 104: General Chemistry II
CHEM 106: Chemistry and Environment (with lab)
CHEM 306: Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology (with lab)

Research Interests
The Oldacre Group is interested in the intersection of electrochemistry and catalysts. We use bio-inspired catalysts to study the degradation of environmental pollutants, microplastics and organic dyes. To synthesize catalysts, we use metal-ligand coordination (Lewis acid-base chemistry) to form complex architectures, such as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and discrete metal cages. We are also interested in fabricating electrodes to use as catalysts for nitrogen fixation. Students use an instrument called a potentiostat to study electron transfer processes and the activity of our catalysts.


Martin, S. M., Oldacre, A. N., Pointer, C. A., Huang, T., Fredin, L. A., Young, E. R., Proton-controlled Non-exponential Photoluminescence in a PyridylAmidine-substituted Re(I) complex. Dalton Trans. 2021, 50, 7265-7276.

Crawley, M.R.; Zhang, D.; Oldacre, A. N.; Beavers, C.; Friedman, A.E.; Cook, T.R., Tuning the Reactivity of Cofacial Porphyrin Prisms for Oxygen Reduction Using Modular Building Blocks. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, 1098-1106.

Oldacre, A. N., Young, E. R., Electrochemical Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer of an Anthracene-based Azo Dye. RSC Advances. 2020, 10, 14804-14811.

Strahan, J; Popere, B. C.; Khomein, P.; Pointer, C.; Martin, S.; Oldacre A. N.; Thayumanavan, S.; Young, E. R., Modulating Absorption of Charge Transfer in Bodipy-Carbazole Donor-Acceptor Dyads through Molecular Design. Dalton Trans. 2019, 48, 8488-8501.

Oldacre, A. N.; Pointer, C. A.; Martin, S. M.; Kemmerer, A.; Young, E. R., Anthracene-based azo dyes for photo-induced proton-couple electron transfer. Chem. Commun. 2019, 55, 5874-5877.

Crawley, M. R.; Kadassery, K.; Oldacre, A. N.; Friedman, A.; Lacy, D.; Cook, T. R., Rhenium(I) Phosphazane Complexes for Electrocatalytic CO2 Reduction. Organometallics 2019, 38, 1664-1676.

Young, E.R.; Oldacre, A. N., Iron hits the mark. Science 2019, 363, 225-226 (perspective).

Oldacre, A. N.; Crawley, M.R.; Friedman, A. E.; Cook, T. R., Heterogeneous Cobalt Coordination-Driven Self-Assembled Oxygen Reduction Catalysts. Chem. Eur. J. 2018, 24, 10984–10987.

Hauke, C.E.; Oldacre, A. N.; Fulong C.R.P.; Friedman, A. E.; Cook, T. R., Coordination-Driven Self-Assembly of Ruthenium Polypyridyl Nodes Resulting in Emergent Photophysical and Electrochemical Properties. Inorg. Chem. 2018, 57, 3587–3595.

Oldacre, A. N.; Friedman, A. E.; Cook, T. R., A Self-Assembled Cofacial Cobalt Porphyrin Prism for Oxygen Reduction Catalysis J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 1424–1427.

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