John F. Corrigan

john corrigan

Contact Information

Title: Professor
Office: Rm 16 ChB,
Lab: 14/15 ChB
Phone (Office): ext 86387
Phone (Lab): ext 86285

Inorganic Teaching Division

Synthesis, Catalysis and Molecular Materials

Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry

Group Website


B.Sc. (University of Toronto); Ph.D. (University of Waterloo)


  • Florence Bucke Prize for Research Excellence, 2013
  • Ontario-Baden Württemberg Faculty Exchange Award, 2012
  • University Student's Council Teaching Honour Role Award of Excellence, 2012-2013
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Research Ambassador, 2011
  • Faculty of Science Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2008
  • University Faculty Scholar
  • Faculty of Science Award of Excellence for Outreach and Recruitment
  • Canadian National Congress-International Union Pure and Applied Chemistry
  • (CNC-IUPAC) Award
  • Premier's Research Excellence Award
  • CSC Faculty Advisor Award
  • USC Teaching Honour Roll


The research program in the Corrigan group is based on the development of molecular inorganic synthesis with a primary focus on the assembly of mixed d block metal-main group polynuclear complexes. The research program focuses on the design of new reagents for the assembly of metal containing molecular species, which include nanometer sized, semiconductor architectures with specialized properties (functionalization). The functionalities are incorporated into (or onto) the frameworks via a “molecular precursor approach” whereby small molecules are designed, prepared and integrated into higher order structures via controlled assembly. The preparation of such well-defined (re: size, shape and composition) results in molecular architectures with size-dependent properties and potential applications in areas encompassing energy (eg. photovoltaics), medicine (eg. bio-labels) and catalysis. Research in our laboratory works within a continuum of molecule to cluster to nanomaterial.


  • 1302 - Discovering Chemical Energetics
  • 2271 - Structure and Bonding in Inorganic Chemistry
  • 3371 - Transition Metal Chemistry
  • 4441 - Inorganic Macromolecules
  • 4481 - Solid-state Inorganic Chemistry and Materials
  • 4490 - Research Project
  • 4491 - Chemical Research Discovery and Scientific Communication
  • 9541 - Crystallography I
  • 9551 - Clusters and Colloids
  • 9551 - Clusters and Colloids