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BS Chemistry University of Chicago with Honors 1974
PhD Inorganic Chemistry University of Wisconsin-Madison 1978

We are currently investigating a number of fascinating problems in inorganic and organometallic chemistry. Each of these fits into the general theme of our research: the correlation of theoretical electronic structural data with the bonding and reactivity patterns of transition metal and heavy-element complexes. We use advanced electronic structure theory and modeling as probes of the bonding in and energetics of the systems.

Among some of the inorganic and organometallic systems that we are interested in exploring are photochemically active dinuclear organometallic complexes, the coordination and organometallic chemistry of the actinide and transactinide elements, and complexes with multiple metal-metal bonding. We also are interested in extending our studies of ligand additivity relationships in inorganic systems.

In addition to basic research, we are very interested in advancing chemical education and teaching tools, and in having an impact on science policy, especially in the arena of climate change.

Professional Highlights & Honors
, 1984
Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation
, 1985
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
, 1996
The Ohio State University
, 2001
American Chemistry Council
, 2003
Royal Society of Chemistry (UK)
, 2003
American Association for the Advancement of Science
, 2005
Cleveland Section of the American Chemical Society
, 2010
American Chemical Society


WPI prof gets award

The Telegram & Gazette in it's College Town section reported on Bruce Bursten, chemistry and biochemistry professor, being named by the American Chemical Society (ACS) to receive the 2020 ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry.