11 February 2008
Distinguished Alumni Speaker
The Career Placement Services Office at Jacksonville State University is presenting a Distinguished Alumni Speaker Lecture Series program
this year featuring prominent graduates of the university who are leaders in their field. The objective of this lecture series is to inspire
and motivate students to excel in their academic pursuits and be conscientious in their career moves taking advantage of opportunities such
as job internships in order to achieve success in their chosen careers.
The Distinguished Alumni Speaker Lecture Series program is a major part of the "My
Career, My Success, My JSU" package sponsored and promoted by the Career Placement Services Office.
The lecture series also facilitates and promotes the participation of alumni in activities that support the Universityís
overall pursuit of excellence.
Career Placement is featuring JSU Alumnus Dr. Greg Robinson as the
speaker in their next distinguished alumni lecture series on Tuesday,
February 19 in Room 234 of Martin Hall at 12 Noon. Chemistry
majors are welcomed.
Robinson was educated in Alabama, receiving his bachelorís degree in chemistry in 1980 from
Jacksonville State University, where he was also a highly ranked football
player, being named Gulf South Conference Defensive Player of the Year for 1979.
He received his doctoral degree from the University of Alabama in 1984.
Robinson began his teaching career at Clemson University in 1985 where he
rose to the rank of professor by 1995. In 1995 Robinson moved his research program to the University of Georgia
where he has advanced from professor of chemistry, 1995-2000, to Distinguished Research Professor of Chemistry, 2000-05,
to Franklin Professor of Chemistry, 2005 to date.
Robinson has received numerous honors in recognition of his research program. He was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Research
Fellow at the Technische Universitat Berlin in 1994. He received the 1998 Southern Chemist Award from the Memphis Section of the
American Chemical Society (ACS) which recognizes distinguished service to the chemistry profession in the southern United States. The award
was presented in honor of his research
on the rare metallic element gallium, which is a liquid near room temperature,
expands on solidification and is found as a trace element in coal, bauxite and
other minerals. It is used in semiconductor technology and as a component on
Robinsonís research team touched off a spirited
argument among chemists internationally in 1997 when they announced the first
"triple bond" between gallium atoms - - a bonding phenomenon that previously had
been thought impossible. The discovery, which has since been confirmed, could
open the way for new research into products and technologies with uses in
His research interests concern the organometallic chemistry of the main group elements. Historically
somewhat overshadowed by the organometallic chemistry of the transition metals,
the organometallic chemistry of the main group elements is now experiencing
great activity. In large part this is driven by the quest for single source
molecular precursors for advanced inorganic/electronic materials. His research
group has developed new synthetic strategies resulting in the preparation of a
number of interesting gallium-phosphorus compounds, phosphinogallanes, and
indium-phosphorus compounds, phosphinoindanes, which have been shown to be
attractive molecular precursor templates.
Robinson is the author of more than 80 peer-reviewed publications and is on the editorial boards of several
publications. His lab is continuing to work on gallium chemistry, and other
research papers are now in preparation.
Robinson has been affiliated with the American Chemical Society (ACS) since
becoming an ACS member in 1981. He has served in ACS national offices on the Advisory board, Chemical &
Engineering News, 2001-06, and the advisory board, Organometallics,
2003-06. He has also served on the
Editorial board of Synthesis & Reactivity in
Inorganic & Metal-Organic Chemistry, Journal of Coordination
Chemistry, Main Group Chemistry; board of visitors, National Science
When applying for the District IV Director position of the ACS Northeastern
Georgia Section, 2008-2010, Dr. Robinson
issued a candidate statement which reveals not only his dedication
to his chosen career in the field of chemistry but also his dedication to the
teaching profession. Visit the ACS Website to view this
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