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Undergraduate Advisor, Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Courses Taught 
CHEM 212, CHEM 103
Research Interests 
Polymer Chemistry, Coordination Compounds, and Photoactive Materials with environmental and alternative energy applications

 Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry, The Ohio State University (2014)

B.A. Chemistry and Integrated Science, Northwestern University (2009)

Selected Publications 

1. S. E. Brown-Xu, M. S. J. Kelley, K. A. Fransted, A. Chakraborty, G. C. Schatz, F. N. Castellano, L. X. Chen, Tunable Excited-State Properties and Dynamics as a Function of Pt-Pt Distance in Pyrazolate-Bridged Pt(II) Dimers, J. Phys. Chem. A2016120, 543-550.

2. B. Pandit, N. E. Jackson, T. Zheng, T. J. Fauvell, E. F. Manley, M. Orr, S. E. Brown-Xu, L. Yu, L. X. Chen, Molecular Structure Controlled Transitions between Free-Charge Generation and Trap Formation in a Conjugated Copolymer Series, J. Phys. Chem. C2016120, 4189-4198.

3. N. D. Bernadino, S. E. Brown-Xu, T. L. Gustafson, D. L. A. De Faria, Time-Resolved Spectroscopy of Indigo and of a Maya Blue Simulant, J. Phys. Chem. C2016120, 21905-21914.    

4. S. E. Brown-Xu, M. H. Chisholm, T. F. Spilker, Photophysical Studies of Metal to Ligand Charge Transfer Involving Quadruply Bonded Complexes of Molybdenum and Tungsten, Acc. Chem. Res.201548, 877-885.

5. S. H. Porter, Z. Huang, S. Dou, S. E. Brown-Xu, A. T. Sarwar, R. C. Myers, P. M. Woodward, Electronic Structure and Photocatalytic Water Oxidation Activity of RTiNO­2 (R = Ce, Pr, and Nd) Perovskite Nitride Oxides, Chem. Mater.201527, 2414-2420.

6. S. E. Brown-Xu, M. H. Chisholm, C. B. Durr, T. L. Gustafson, T. F. Spilker, Photophysical Properties of cis-Mo2 Quadruply Bonded Complexes and Observation of Photoinduced Electron Transfer to Titanium Dioxide, J. Am. Chem. Soc.2014136, 11428-11435.

7. S. E. Brown-Xu, M. H. Chisholm, C. B. Durr, T. L. Gustafson, and T. F. Spilker, Synthesis, Characterization, and Photophysical Properties of an N,N-Chelated Re(CO)3Cl Unit and its Interaction with the Mo2 Quadruple Bond, J. Phys. Chem. A2013117, 5997-6006.    


Selected Exhibitions 

Selected Presentations:

S. E. Brown-Xu, M. H. Chisholm, T. L. Gustafson, Studies on Electron Transfer from Dimolybdenum Photosensitizers Through Time-Resolved Spectroscopy, Inter-American Photochemistry Society Conference (Sarasota, FL, January 2014).


Professional Experience:

2017 - Present Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Northeastern Illinois University

2016   Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Harold Washington Community College

2014 - 2017 Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University

Additional Information 


National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2009)

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (2009)

Arts and Sciences

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