Josef Michl
Professor • Donald L. and Margaret Segur Endowed Chair

Office: Cristol Chemistry 127
Lab: Cristol Chemistry 120
Lab Phone: 303-492-5589
Fax: 303-492-0799


Ph.D.: Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Prague, 1965

Areas of Expertise

Inorganic, Physical, Photochemistry, Organometallic Chemistry, Organic, Physical Organic

Awards and Honors

Czechoslovak Society for Arts and Sciences, 2017, Neuron Foundation Award, Czech Republic, 2016, Hammond Award, I-APS, 2015, Boron in the Americas Award, 2014, American Chemical Society Fellow, 2010, Medal of the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (Acad. Sci., Prague, Czech Republic), 2012 and 2004, Fulbright Fellowship, 2006, University of Colorado Faculty Fellowship, 2006, Patria Award, Government of the Czech Republic, Prague, 2005, Honorary Doctorate, Masaryk University, Czech Republic, 2004, Marinus Smith Award, University of Colorado, 2003, Porter Medal (I-APS, EPA, JPA), 2002, Best Journal Issue Award for Chemical Reviews (Association of American Publishers), 2002, ALA Achievement Award (Association for Laboratory Automation), 2002, Otto Wichterle Award (Czech Chemical Society), 2001, James Flack Norris Award (American Chemical Society), 2001, Auburn - G. M. Kosolapoff Award (ACS Auburn Section), 2000, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1999, Japan Society for Promotion of Science Award, 1998, Honorary Doctorate, University of Pardubice, Czech Republic, 1996, World Association of Theoretically Oriented Chemists (WATOC) Fellow, 1996, Czech Learned Society, Honorary Member, 1995, Charles University Gold Medal, Prague, Czech Republic, 1995, J. Heyrovsky Gold Medal (Czech Academy of Sciences), 1994, IAPS Award (Inter-American Photochemical Society), 1994, Schrödinger Medal (World Association of Theoretical Organic Chemists), 1993, Arthur C. Cope Senior Scholar Award (American Chemical Society), 1993, Honorary Doctorate, Georgetown University, 1990, International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science, 1988, U.S. National Academy of Sciences, 1986, ACS Utah Section Award, 1986, John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, 1984-85, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (Member), Alexander von Humboldt Senior U.S. Scientist Award, 1980, Distinguished Research Award, University of Utah, 1978-79, Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, 1971-75

(i) Arrays of Molecular Dipolar Rotors; (ii) Singlet Fission; (iii) Electron Delocalization in Saturated Molecules; (iv) Highly Strained Hydrocarbons; (v) Fluorinated Carborane Anions and Radicals; (vi) Fully pi-Conjugated 2-D Organic Polymers

Akdag, A.; Wahab, A.; Beran, P.; Rulíšek, L.; Dron, P. I.; Ludvík, J.; Michl, J. “Covalent Dimers of 1,3-Diphenylisobenzofuran for Singlet Fission: Synthesis and Electrochemistry”, J. Org. Chem. 2015, 80, 80.

Schrauben, J. N.; Zhao, Y.; Mercado, C.; Dron, P. I.; Ryerson, J. M.; Michl, J.; Zhu, K; Johnson, J. C. “Singlet Fission-Induced Photocurrent in a Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell”, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2015, 7, 2286.

Oliva, J. M.; Alcoba, D. R.; Oña, O. B.; Torre, A.; Lain, L.; Michl, J. “Towards (Car)Borane-based Molecular Magnets”, Theor. Chem. Acc. 2015, 134, 8. Erratum: Theor. Chem. Acc. 2016, 135, 83.

Cipolloni, M.; Kaleta, J.; Mašát, M.; Dron, P. I.; Yongqiang, S.; Zhao, K.; Rogers, C. T.; Shoemaker, R. K.; Michl, J. “Time-Resolved Fluorescence Anisotropy of Bicyclo[1.1.1]pentane/Tolane-Based Molecular Rods Included in Tris(o-phenylenedioxy)cyclotriphosphazene (TPP)”, J. Phys. Chem. C 2015, 119, 8805.

Kaleta, J.; Dron, P. I.; Zhao, K.; Yongqiang, S.; Císařová, I.; Rogers, C.; Michl, J. “Arrays of Molecular Rotors with Triptycene Stoppers: Surface Inclusion in Hexagonal Tris-(o-phenylenedioxy)cyclotriphosphazene (TPP)”, J. Org. Chem. 2015, 80, 6173.

Kaleta, J.; Kaletová, E.; Císařová, I.; Teat, S. J.; Michl, J. “Synthesis of Triptycene-Based Molecular Rotors for Langmuir-Blodgett Monolayers”, J. Org. Chem. 2015, 80, 10134.

Schrauben, J.; Akdag, A.; Wen, J.; Ryerson, J.; Havlas, Z.; Michl, J.; Johnson, J. C. “Excitation Localization/Delocalization Isomerism in a Strongly Coupled Covalent Dimer of 1,3-Diphenylisobenzofuran”, J. Phys. Chem. A 2016, 120, 3473.

Kaleta, J.; Michl, J.; Mézière, C.; Simonov, S.; Zorina, L.; Wzietek, P.; Rodríguez-Fortea, A.; Canadell, E.; Batail, P.“Gearing Motion in Cogwheels Pairs of Molecular Rotors: Weak-Coupling Limit”, CrystEngComm 2015, 17, 7829.

Kaletová, E.; Kohutová, A.; Hajduch, J.; Kaleta, J.; Bastl, Z.; Pospíšil, L.; Stibor, I.; Magnera, T. F.; Michl, J. “The Scope of Direct Alkylation of Gold Surface with Solutions of C1 - C4 n-Alkylstannanes”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 12086.

Pospíšil, L.; Kaleta, J.; Michl, J. “Electrochemical Hydrogen Oxidation in Toluene/LiCB11Me12: H2 as a Surrogate for Lithium Metal?”, ChemElectroChem 2016, 3, 332.

Merna, J.; Vlček, P.; Volkis, V.; Michl, J. “Li+ Catalysis and Other New Methodologies for the Radical Polymerization of Less Activated Olefins”, Chem. Rev. 2016, 116, 771.

Dron, P. I.; Zhao, K.; Kaleta, J.; Shen, Y.; Wen, J.; Shoemaker, R. K.; Rogers, C. T.; Michl, J. “Bulk Inclusions of Pyridazine-Based Molecular Rotors in Tris(o-phenylene)cyclotriphosphazene (TPP)”, Adv. Funct. Mater. 2016, 26, 5718.

Craig, P. R.; Havlas, Z.; Trujillo, M.; Rempala, P.; Kirby, J. P.; Miller, J. R.; Noll, B. C.; Michl, J. “Electronic Spectra of the Tetraphenylcyclobutadienecyclopentadienylnickel(II) Cation and Radical”, J. Phys. Chem. A 2016, 120, 3456.

Fogarty, H. A.; Chen, X.; Wang, B.; Michl, J. “Controlling n-Oligosilane Conformation  by Stretching on a Staffane Rack”, in Efficient Methods for Preparing Silicon Compounds, Roesky, H. W., Ed.; Elsevier: New York, NY, 2016, p. 355.

Urbanová, V.; Karlický, F.; Matěj, A.; Šembera, F.; Janoušek, Z.; Perman, J. A.; Ranc, V.; Čépe, K.; Michl, J.; Otyepka, M.; Zbořil, R. “Fluorinated Graphenes as Advanced Biosensors - Effect of Fluorine Coverage on Electron Transfer Properties and Adsorption of Biomolecules”, Nanoscale 2016, 8, 12134.

Givelet, C. C.; Dron, P. I.; Wen, J.; Magnera, T. F.; Zamadar, M.; Čépe, K.; Fujiwara, H.; Shi, Y.; Tuchband, M. R. K.; Clark, N.; Zbořil, R.; Michl, J. “Challenges in the Structure Determination of Self-Assembled Metallacages: What Do Cage Cavities Contain, Internal Vapor Bubbles or Solvent and/or Counterions?”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 6676.

Šembera, F.; Plutnar, J.; Higelin, A.; Janoušek, Z.; Císařová, I.; Michl, J. “Metal Complexes with Very Large Dipole Moments: the Anionic Carborane Nitriles 12-NC-CB11X11− (X = H, F, CH3) as Ligands on Pt(II) and Pd(II)”, Inorg. Chem. 2016, 55, 3797.

Dron, P. I.; Ramešová, Š.; Holloran, N. P.; Pospíšil, L.; Michl, M. “Redox Behavior of 2,3-Diamino-1,4-naphthoquinone and its N-Alkylated Derivatives”, Electroanalysis 2016, 28, 2

Plutnar, J.; Michl, J. “Oxidation of the B12 and CB11 Icosahedral Anions”, in Boron Chemistry in Organometallics, Catalysis, Materials and Medicine, Hosmane, N., Eagling, R., Eds.; World Scientific: Singapore, in press.

Wahab, A.; Douvris, C.; Klíma, J.; Šembera, F.; Ugolotti, J.; Kaleta, J.; Michl, J. “Anodic Oxidation of 18 Halogenated and/or Methylated Derivatives of CB11H12−”, Inorg. Chem. 2017, 56, 269.

Wahab, A.; Kaleta, J.; Wen, J.; Valášek, M.; Polášek, M.; Michl, J.; Ludvík, J. “Electrochemical Oxidation of [1-X-12-I-CB11Me10−] Anions: Formation of Borenium Ylides [12-Dehydro-1-X-CB11Me10] and Iodonium Ylide Anions [{12-(1-X-CB11Me10−)}2I+]”, Inorg. Chem. 2016, 55, 12815.

Jovanovic, M.; Antic, D.; Rooklin, D.; Bande, A.; Michl, J. “Intuitive Understanding of   Delocalization in Loose and   Localization in Tight Helical Conformations of an Oligosilane Chain”, Chem. Asian J. 2017, 12, 1250.

Kaleta, J.; Bednárová, L.; Čížková, M.; Wen, J.; Kaletová, E.; Michl, J. “IR Spectra of n-Bu4M (M = Si, Ge, Sn, Pb), n-BuAuPPh3-d15, and of "n-Bu" on a Gold Surface”, J. Phys. Chem. A 2017, 121, 4619.

Benkovičová, M.; Wen, D.; Plutnar, J.; Čížková, M.; Eychmüller, A.; Michl, J. “Mechanism of Surface Alkylation of a Gold Aerogel with Tetra-n-butylstannane-d36: Identification of Byproducts”, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2017, 8, 2339.

Mašát, M.; Wen, J.; Sofer, Z.; Michl, J. “Low-Temperature PM IRRAS of a Monolayer on Au: Peculiarities in the Spectra of C18D37SH”, Langmuir 2017, 33, 5613.

Johnson, J. C.; Michl, J. “1,3-Diphenylisobenzofuran: a Model Chromophore for Singlet Fission”, Top. Curr. Chem. 2017, 375, 80.

Buchanan, E. A.; Havlas, Z.; Michl, J. “Singlet Fission: Optimization of Chromophore Dimer Geometry”, in Advances in Quantum Chemistry: Ratner Volume, Volume 75; Sabin, J. R.; Brändas, E. J., Eds.; Elsevier: Cambridge, MA, 2017, p. 175.

Kaleta, J.; Chen, J.; Bastien, G.; Dračínský, M.; Mašát, M.; Rogers, C. T.; Feringa, B. L.; Michl, J. “Surface Inclusion of Unidirectional Molecular Motors in Hexagonal  Tris(o-phenylene)cyclotriphosphazene TPP”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 10486.

Grotjahn, R.; Maier, T. M.; Michl, J.; Kaupp, M. “Development of a TDDFT-Based Protocol with Local Hybrid Functionals for the Screening of Potential Singlet Fission”, J. Chem. Theory Comput. 2017, 13, 4984.