Campus Directory: Michael Gerken

University of Lethbridge

Michael Gerken
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Office: E860 (University Hall)
Phone: (403) 329-2173


Diplom der Chemie (equivalent to M.Sc.), Gerhard Mercator Universität Duisburg, Germany; Ph.D. (Inorganic Chemistry), McMaster University, Hamilton


Inorganic fluorine chemistry, Solution and solid-state NMR spectroscopy, Vibrational spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography

Research Areas

Transition-metal sulfide fluoride chemistry, Main-group oxide fluoride chemistry, Solid-state NMR spectroscopy of inorganic fluorides

Alternate Languages


Selected Publications

J. T. Goettel, N. Kostiuk, M. Gerken* "The Solid-State Structure of SF4: The Final Piece of the Puzzle" Angewandte Chemie, 2013, 125, 8195-8198; Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2013, 52, 8037-8040. HIGHLIGHTED in Nachrichten aus der Chemie, 2013, 61, 999 and covered in TRENDS IN INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2013 in Nachrichten aus der Chemie, 2014, 62, 233.

J. T. Goettel, P. Chaudhary, P.Hazendonk, H. P. A. Mercier, M. Gerken* "SF4•N(C2H5)3: The First Conclusively Characterized SF4 Adduct with an Organic Base" Chemical Communications, 2012, 48, 9120-9122.

J. Nieboer, R. Haiges, W. Hillary, X. Yu, T. Richardet, H. P. Mercier, M. Gerken* "Fluoride-Ion Acceptor Properties of WSF4: Synthesis, Characterization, and Computational Study of the WSF5- and W2S2F9- Anions, and 19F NMR Spectroscopic Characterization of the W2OSF9- Anion" Inorganic Chemistry. 2012, 51, 6350-6359.

J. P. Mack, J. A. Boatz, M. Gerken "Synthesis, NMR and vibrational spectroscopic characterization, and computational study of the cis-IO2F32-anion" Inorganic Chemistry 2008, 47, 3243-3247.

M. Gerken, P. Hazendonk A. Iuga, J. Nieboer, M. Tramsek, E. Goreshnik, B. Zemva, S. Zheng, J. Autschbach "Solid-state NMR spectroscopic study of coordination compounds of XeF2 with metal cations and the crystal structure of [Ba(XeF2)5][AsF6]2" Inorganic Chemistry 2007, 46, 6069-6077.

Current Research and Creative Activity

TitleLocationGrant InformationPrincipal InvestigatorCo Researchers
Novel Transition Metal Sulfide Fluorides and Pentafluoro-sulfanyl Fluorides Lethbridge, AB Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), $40,000/year, 2005-07.

Michael Gerken, University of Lethbridge
Synthesis and Characterization of Transition-Metal Sulfide Fluorides, and Main-Group Fluorides and Oxide Fluorides Lethbridge, AB Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), $35,000 per year, 2008-12.

Michael Gerken, University of Lethbridge

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