Georgetown University - Department of Chemistry Department of Chemistry


Michael T. Pope Michael T. Pope

Department of Chemistry 
Georgetown University
37th and O Streets NW
Washington, DC 20057-1227

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Education /
B.A. 1954 Oxford University
M.A., D.Phil. 1957, Oxford University
Postdoctoral, 1957-59, Boston University.
Laporte Chemicals Ltd., 1959-62.
Georgetown Faculty 1962-present. 
Visiting Professor: Technical University of Vienna, 1970-71; Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, 1979; Free University of Berlin, 1979; Northeast Normal University, Changchun, 1985; University of Umeå, 1989; University of Bielefeld, 1989-90. Colloque Lecturer, Universities of Geneva and Lausanne, 1987; Department Chair, 1990-1996. 

PRF International Award Fellow (1970-71), Senior U.S. Scientist Award, Humboldt Foundation (1989), Hillebrand Prize, American Chemical Society - Washington Section (1999)


General Chemistry I & II, Inorganic Chemistry, Advanced Topics in Inorganic Chemistry, Spectroscopic Methods

Research Interests

Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry of transition metal-oxygen cluster complexes (polyoxometalates). Fundamental principles of structure and reactivity. Applications in catalysis, separations, and the life sciences.

Polyoxometalates, which include the compounds historically known as "heteropoly acids", have been investigated for well over a century. Arguably no other class of compounds, inorganic or organic, displays more versatility with respect to electronic and molecular structures, properties and applications. The field currently attracts wide academic and industrial attention, especially with respect to catalysis and medicine (antiviral and anti-retroviral activity). Much pioneering work has been carried out at Georgetown University, which is one of the few centers of polyoxometalate research in the U.S. 

Some of our group's current interests include oxidation-reduction chemistry and its relevance to environmentally benign catalysis, nuclear waste remediation, and metalloprotein reactivity; derivatization and synthesis of larger assemblies of polyoxometalate structures for potential host-guest chemistry; modeling of metal oxide surfaces with respect to metal-metal cooperativity in substrate binding. 

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