Jaqueline Kiplinger

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Jaqueline Kiplinger
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Alma materUniversity of Colorado
University of Utah
Scientific career
InstitutionsLos Alamos National Laboratory
ThesisActivation and Functionalization of Carbon-Fluorine Bonds by Transition Metal Complexes (1996)

Jaqueline Kiplinger is an American inorganic chemist who specializes in organometallic actinide chemistry. Over the course of her career, she has done extensive work with fluorocarbons and actinides. She is currently a Fellow of the Materials Synthesis and Integrated Devices group in the Materials Physics and Applications Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).[1] Her current research interests are focused on the development of chemistry for the United States’ national defense and energy needs.


Kiplinger received her B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 1990. Under the guidance of Professor Ruminiski, Kiplinger has published several papers reporting coordination chemistry of iron and ruthenium featuring multidentate pyrazine-based ligands.[2][3]

Kiplinger did her graduate studies at the University of Utah working with Professor Thomas Richmond. Her work focused on using organometallic species to break carbon-fluorine bonds in perfluoroalkanes, which are usually unreactive due to fluorine’s high electronegativity and the strength of the carbon-fluorine bond.[4] One notable publication in Organometallics displayed a novel transformation of an aromatic carbon-fluorine bond to a carbon-carbon bond using tungsten(II), shown below.[5] Additionally, Kiplinger and Richmond reported zirconium complexes that catalyze aromatic fluorocarbon hydrogenolysis.[6]

From 1996 to 1999, Kiplinger worked as a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley under Professor Robert G. Bergman.


Following her postdoctoral work, Kiplinger was awarded the Frederick Reines Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship at LANL. There, she started the program focused on the chemistry of actinides and lanthanides in the group led by Dr. Carol Burns. In 2002, Kiplinger, Burns, and co-workers published the first f-block elemental complex containing a ketimido group.[7] This was the first of many papers the group published pertaining to organometallic uranium chemistry. Soon after, Kiplinger and coworkers reported the first actinide hydrazonato complex using U(IV).[8] During that time, Kiplinger also reported improved synthesis of uranium-based metallocene complexes (C5Me5)U(CH2C6H5)3.[9]

Kiplinger continued her research at LANL after the conclusion of her fellowship, and she serves as a laboratory Fellow in the chemistry division to this day. She continued developing lanthanide and actinide chemistry, and published the synthesis of the first uranium and thorium halide complexes with tert-butyl substituted ketiminate ligands in 2013.[10]

In 2016, Kiplinger reported the synthesis of an infinite thorium diazide coordination polymer; the first such polymer involving an actinide.[11] The infinite property is unique to thorium azide complexes compared to other actinide metallocenes, such as uranium, which polymerize into trimers. By making alterations on the classic cyclopentadiene groups, different coordination polymers can be formed.[11] (C5Me5)2Th(N3)2 utilizes pentamethylcyclopentadiene to form polymers with two bridging azide groups, while (C5Me4Et)2Th(μ-η11-N3)(N3) uses ethyl-tetramethylcyclopentadiene caps to create a polymer with one bridging azide and one terminal azide group.[11] Her recent efforts have been focused on the chemistry of uranium and thorium compounds with nitrogen-rich ligands.[12] For example, experimental and theoretical work from her group revealed that tetrazolate ligands of these complexes act as sigma donors.[13]

Kiplinger Synthesis

Thorium Metallocene Borohydride

Another important thrust in her research involved the development of redox chemistry with uranium hydrides.[12] She showed that phenylsilane can be used as a convenient stoichiometric reagent producing well-defined uranium (III), uranium (IV), and uranium (VI) complexes.[14][12] Her more recent work details a new route to uranium and thorium metallocene borohydrides. The uranium complex had been synthesized previously from tetravalent uranium pentamethylborohydride and potassium cyclopentadiene, but the new synthesis using calcium borohydride and pentamethylcyclopentadienyl uranium chloride resulted in a higher yield under milder conditions.[15] While the preparation of U(BH4)4 is dated to the seminal work of Schlesinger and Brown in 1940s, this is the first example of a thorium metallocene borohydride.[15]


2018 Fellow of the American Chemical Society[16]

2017 IUPAC International Distinguished Women in Chemistry Award[17]

2016 University of Utah Distinguished Chemistry Alumna Award[18]

2015 ACS F. Albert Cotton Award in Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry[19]

2013-2014 Organometallic Subdivision Chair, ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry[20]

2012 R&D 100 Award for U-TURN: Turning Uranium Around Process[21]

2012- Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

2012- National Nuclear Security Administration Environmental Stewardship Award

2010- National Nuclear Security Administration Best-in-Class Pollution Prevention Award

1998 ACS Nobel Laureate Signature Award for the best Ph.D. thesis in the U.S.[22]


  1. ^ "Alumna Jaqueline Kiplinger to receive F. Albert Cotton Award - Department of Chemistry - The University of Utah". chem.utah.edu. Retrieved 2017-06-04.
  2. ^ Ruminski, Ronald; Kiplinger, Jaqueline; Cockcroft, Timothy; Chase, Charles (1989). "Triammineruthenium(II) Complexes Bound with the Novel Bridging Ligand 2,3,5,6-Tetrakis(2- pyridyl)pyrazine (tppz)". Inorganic Chemistry. 28 (2): 370–373. doi:10.1021/ic00301a043.
  3. ^ Ruminski, Ronald; Kiplinger, Jaqueline (1990). "Synthesis and Characterization of Cyanoiron(II) Complexes Bound to the Bridging Ligand Tetrakis(2- pyridyl)-1,4-diazine (tpd)". Inorganic Chemistry. 29 (22): 4581–4584. doi:10.1021/ic00347a051.
  4. ^ Kiplinger, Jaqueline L.; Richmond, Thomas G.; Osterberg, Carolyn E. (1994-03-01). "Activation of Carbon-Fluorine Bonds by Metal Complexes". Chemical Reviews. 94 (2): 373–431. doi:10.1021/cr00026a005. ISSN 0009-2665.
  5. ^ Kiplinger, Jaqueline L.; King, Margaret A.; Fechtenkötter, Andreas; Arif, Atta M.; Richmond, Thomas G. (1996-12-10). "An Investigation of Carbon−Fluorine Bond Functionalization. Versatile Reactivity of Tungsten(II) Fluoride Carbonyl Metallacycles with Alkynes". Organometallics. 15 (25): 5292–5301. doi:10.1021/om960561s. ISSN 0276-7333.
  6. ^ Kiplinger, Jaqueline L.; Richmond, Thomas G. (1996-01-01). "Selective room temperature hydrogenolysis of aromatic fluorocarbons mediated by a low-valent zirconium complex". Chemical Communications (10): 1115–1116. doi:10.1039/CC9960001115. ISSN 1364-548X.
  7. ^ Kiplinger, Jaqueline L.; Morris, David E.; Scott, Brian L.; Burns, Carol J. (2002-07-01). "The First f-Element Ketimido Complex: Synthesis and Characterization of (C5Me5)2U(−NCPh2)2". Organometallics. 21 (15): 3073–3075. doi:10.1021/om020381k. ISSN 0276-7333.
  8. ^ Kiplinger, Jaqueline L.; John, Kevin D.; Morris, David E.; Scott, Brian L.; Burns, Carol J. (2002-10-01). "[(C5Me5)2U(Me)(OTf)]2: A New Reagent for Uranium Metallocene Chemistry. Preparation of the First Actinide Hydrazonato Complexes". Organometallics. 21 (21): 4306–4308. doi:10.1021/om0205804. ISSN 0276-7333.
  9. ^ Kiplinger, Jaqueline L.; Morris, David E.; Scott, Brian L.; Burns, Carol J. (2002-12-01). "Convenient Synthesis, Structure, and Reactivity of (C5Me5)U(CH2C6H5)3: A Simple Strategy for the Preparation of Monopentamethylcyclopentadienyl Uranium(IV) Complexes". Organometallics. 21 (26): 5978–5982. doi:10.1021/om0206610. ISSN 0276-7333.
  10. ^ Monreal, Marisa J.; Wright, Robert J.; Morris, David E.; Scott, Brian L.; Golden, Jeffery T.; Power, Philip P.; Kiplinger, Jaqueline L. (2013-03-11). "Thorium(IV) and Uranium(IV) Halide Complexes Supported by Bulky β-Diketiminate Ligands". Organometallics. 32 (5): 1423–1434. doi:10.1021/om3010965. ISSN 0276-7333.
  11. ^ a b c Monreal, Marisa J.; Seaman, Lani A.; Goff, George S.; Michalczyk, Ryszard; Morris, David E.; Scott, Brian L.; Kiplinger, Jaqueline L. (2016-03-07). "New Twists and Turns for Actinide Chemistry: Organometallic Infinite Coordination Polymers of Thorium Diazide". Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 55 (11): 3631–3636. doi:10.1002/anie.201510851. ISSN 1521-3773. PMID 26865502.
  12. ^ a b c Pagano, Justin K.; Dorhout, Jacquelyn M.; Czerwinski, Kenneth R.; Morris, David E.; Scott, Brian L.; Waterman, Rory; Kiplinger, Jaqueline L. (2016-03-14). "Tuning the Oxidation State, Nuclearity, and Chemistry of Uranium Hydrides with Phenylsilane and Temperature: The Case of the Classic Uranium(III) Hydride Complex [(C5Me5)2U(μ-H)]2". Organometallics. 35 (5): 617–620. doi:10.1021/acs.organomet.6b00091. ISSN 0276-7333. OSTI 1400122.
  13. ^ Browne, Kevin P.; Maerzke, Katie A.; Travia, Nicholas E.; Morris, David E.; Scott, Brian L.; Henson, Neil J.; Yang, Ping; Kiplinger, Jaqueline L.; Veauthier, Jacqueline M. (2016-05-16). "Synthesis, Characterization, and Density Functional Theory Analysis of Uranium and Thorium Complexes Containing Nitrogen-Rich 5-Methyltetrazolate Ligands". Inorganic Chemistry. 55 (10): 4941–4950. doi:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b00492. ISSN 0020-1669. PMID 27110650.
  14. ^ Pagano, Justin K.; Dorhout, Jacquelyn M.; Waterman, Rory; Czerwinski, Kenneth R.; Kiplinger, Jaqueline L. (2015-11-26). "Phenylsilane as a safe, versatile alternative to hydrogen for the synthesis of actinide hydrides". Chemical Communications. 51 (98): 17379–17381. doi:10.1039/C5CC06856H. ISSN 1364-548X. PMID 26490094.
  15. ^ a b "Inorganic Chemistry Communications | Vol 77, Pgs 1-82, (March 2017) | ScienceDirect.com". www.sciencedirect.com. Retrieved 2017-06-07.
  16. ^ "Los Alamos chemist elected Fellow of the American Chemical Society".
  17. ^ Energy, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Operated by Los Alamos National Security, LLC, for the U.S. Department of. "Jaqueline L. Kiplinger receives the IUPAC 2017 Distinguished Women in Chemistry award". www.lanl.gov. Retrieved 2017-06-07.
  18. ^ "Distinguished Alumni - Department of Chemistry - the University of Utah".
  19. ^ "F. Albert Cotton Award in Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry - American Chemical Society". American Chemical Society. Retrieved 2017-06-07.
  20. ^ Kiplinger, Jaqueline (Spring–Summer 2014). "News from the Organometallics Subdivision" (PDF). American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry: 20–21.
  21. ^ "LANL News: Los Alamos Innovations Take Three R&D 100 Tech Awards".
  22. ^ "Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry". American Chemical Society. Retrieved 21 September 2019.