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Albert Haim, Professor Emeritus

Albert Haim

Industrial Chemist, 1954, University of Uruguay
Ph.D., 1960, University of Southern California
Research Associate, University of Southern California, 1960-1961
Research Associate, Stanford University, 1961-1962
Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, 1964-1967

314 Chemistry
Phone: (631) 632-6164

Inorganic Chemistry: Reaction Mechanisms

Our research activities are in the field of inorganic reaction mechanisms. Kinetic techniques currently used in our laboratories include conventional techniques as well as methods to investigate reactions in the milli-and microsecond range (stopped-flow, flash photolysis). We are interested in oxidation reduction and substitution reactions of transition metal coordination compounds. In particular, our most recent efforts focus on studies of intramolecular electron transfer through extended, delocalized bridging systems, the photochemical generation of reactive intermediates, and the reactions of singlet dioxygen with a variety of inorganic compounds.


  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1981
  • Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Uruguay, 1969-1971
  • 3 Cycle Lecturer at the Universities of Neuchatel and Berne, 1982
  • SUNY Stony Brook Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award, 1994
  • Visiting Scientist, Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1994
  • Associate Editor, Inorganic Chemistry, 1990-present.


Kinetics and mechanism of the oxidation of ammineruthenium(II) complexes by bromine

Plotkin S, Haim A INORGANICA CHIMICA ACTA 270 (1-2): 189-196 APR 2 1998

Redox Reactions of Mixed-Valence Binuclear Complexes of Ruthenium and Iron: Kinetic vs Thermodynamic Control and Activation Effects via Intramolecular Eectron Transfer. Chapter in Advances in Chemistry Series, Electron Transfer Reactions, 1997, 239.

Intramolecular Electron Transfer From Ru(II)EDTA2- to Co(III)(NH3)53+ via Nitrogen Heterocycle Bridging Ligands. Inorg. Chim. Acta 1994, 225, 129. With L.A. Andrade and L. Della Ciana.

Struggles to Correct Published Errors. Nature 1992, 359, 666. With. F. M. Menger.

Imidazole Buffer-Catalyzed Cleavage and Isomerization Reactions of Dinucleotides: The Proposed Mechanism Is Incompatible with the Kinetic Measurements. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1992, 114, 8384.

On the Mechanism Proposed for the Malachite Green-Peroxydisulfate Reaction. Int. J. Chem. Kin. 1992, 24, 1109.

Yields of Singlet Dioxygen Produced in the Reaction Between Excited State Tris- (bipyridine)ruthenium(II) and Triplet Dioxygen in Various Solvents.J. Photochem. Photobiol. A 1992, 63, 167. With K. Zahir.

The Relative Energies of the Molecular Orbitals of Second-Row Homonuclear Diatomic Molecules: The Effect of sp Mixing. J. Chem. Ed. 1991, 68, 737.