Charles Gerard Riordan
Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Vice President for Research, Scholarship & Innovation
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
Charlie Riordan serves as Vice President for Research, Scholarship and Innovation with responsibility for advancing the University's research enterprise, including oversight of the University’s Research Office, seven University-wide research institutes, core facilities and the Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships. The University of Delaware (UD) is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a very high research activity, a distinction achieved by less than 3 percent of U.S. colleges and universities. UD ranks among the top 100 universities in terms of federal R&D support for science and engineering. Riordan is an inorganic chemist whose research has been supported primarily by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. He is the recipient of a 1994 National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award (NYI). A member of the UD faculty since 1997, he served as Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry from 2002-07 and was Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education from 2010-13. Riordan served on the University's Path to Prominence strategic planning committee and chaired the University’s 2014-15 strategic planning process, which led to the current University strategic plan, Delaware Will Shine. He received the University's outstanding doctoral graduate advising and mentoring award in 2008. An elected fellow of both the Royal Society of Chemistry and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he received the 2013 American Chemical Society Delaware Section Award for his scholarly research. Riordan was elected into Texas A&M University’s College of Science Academy of Distinguished Former Students. Riordan has served on the editorial advisory boards of Inorganic Chemistry, the Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry and Dalton Transactions. He has served on numerous review panels and committees, including a three-year stint as Chair, of the NIH MSF-A study section. He earned his bachelor's degree at the College of Holy Cross, his Ph.D. at Texas A&M University and was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Chicago.
2016-, Vice President for Research, Scholarship & Innovation, University of Delaware
2014-2016, Deputy Provost for Research and Scholarship, University of Delaware
2012-2014, Vice Provost for Research, University of Delaware
2010-2013, Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education, University of Delaware
2002-2007, Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Delaware
2001-, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Delaware
1999-2002, Director of Graduate Studies and Assistant Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Delaware
1997-2001, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Delaware
1994-1997, Graduate Faculty, Department of Biochemistry, Kansas State University
1993-1997, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Kansas State University (promotion to Associate Professor with tenure 1997)
1990-92, Research Associate: University of Chicago under the direction of Professor Jack Halpern. Kinetics, Mechanism and Thermodynamics of Iron-Carbon Bond Dissociation in Organoiron Porphyrin Complexes.
1990, Ph. D. in inorganic chemistry: Texas A&M University. Dissertation Title: "Reactions of Thiols with Low Valent Transition Metals: From Metal(0) Thiol Complexes to Metal(II) Thiolatohydrides" under the direction of Professor Marcetta Y. Darensbourg.
1986, B. A. in chemistry: College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA. Senior Project: "Synthesis of Group VI Alkyne Complexes" under the direction of Professor Richard S. Herrick.
Honors, Awards and Professional Recognition:
2013, Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
2013, American Chemical Society, Delaware Section Award
2012, E. Arthur Trabant Award for Women’s Equity given to the UD ADVANCE Team
2010, Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (U.K.)
2008, Outstanding Doctoral Graduate Advising and Mentoring Award, University of Delaware
2006, Lecturer, Chemistry Promotion Center of the National Science Council of Taiwan
2005, Fellow, Academy of Distinguished Former Students, Texas A&M College of Science
2003, Karcher Lecturer, University of Oklahoma
1994-99, National Science Foundation Young Investigator (NYI).
1990, Sharon Dabney Memorial Graduate Research Award sponsored by Phi Lambda Upsilon, Texas A&M University.
1990, Department of Chemistry Inorganic Research Award sponsored by the ACS, Texas A&M University.
1988-89, Arthur E. Martell Travel Grant Award; Texas A&M University.
1988-89, Phi Lambda Upsilon Travel Grant Award; Texas A&M University.
1986, American Institute of Chemists Award; College of the Holy Cross.
Professional Societies, Service and Board Memberships:
2017-, Chair, Board of Directors, Delaware Innovation Space, Inc.
2017-, Member, Board of Directors, First State Innovation
2012-, Secretary, University of Delaware Research Foundation (UDRF)
2008-10, Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry
2007-12, Editorial Board, Dalton Transactions
2007-09, Editorial Advisory Board, Current Chemical Biology
2000-02, Editorial Advisory Board, Inorganic Chemistry
National Science Foundation Review Panels - 1997 CAREER Awards; 1998 NATO Fellowships
National Institutes of Health: Ad hoc member, Metallobiochemistry Study Section 2000, 2001, 2002; MSF-A, 2005: Regular member MSF-A 2006-2010; Chair, 2007-2010.
American Chemical Society
2017-2019, ACS National Award Selection Committee
2009-2011, ACS National Award
2003, Chair, Bioinorganic Subdivision, Division of Inorganic Chemistry (Served as Chair-Elect in 2002)
1995, Chair, Kansas State Section
1994, Vice-Chair, Kansas State Section
ACS Symposia Organized
2018, ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, Co-chair (with Profs. J. Yang, D. Lacy) Symposium “Honoring the ACS F. A. Cotton Award Recipient”
2017, ACS National Meeting,
Anaheim, CA, Co-chair (with Dr. D. Mason) Symposium “Honoring the ACS
Organometallic Chemistry Award Recipient”
2011, ACS National Meeting, Anaheim, Co-organizer (with Prof. J. Figueroa) “Recent Advances in Strucutral and Main Group Organometallic Chemistry”
2003, ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, Chair
(with Prof. T. Brunold) “Bioorganometallic
2000, ACS National Meeting, Washington, DC, Chair (with Prof. J. Mayer) Symposium “Reactions of Radicals with Metal Ions”
2000, Mid-Atlantic Regional ACS Meeting, Inorganic Program Chair
1995, ACS National Meeting, Anaheim, CA, Co-chair (with Dr. D. Riley) Symposium “Honoring the ACS Inorganic Distinguished Service and Organometallic Award Recipients”
2016, Telluride Science Research Center (TSRC) Conference, Small Molecule Activation, co-organizer (with Profs. Borovik and Tolman)
2004, 4th International Conference on Coordination Chemistry (ICCC), Organizing Committee Member
2008, International Symposium on Bioorganometallic Chemistry (ISBOMC’08), Local Organizing Committee Member
Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry (SBIC)
2007-2011, Secretary; Secretary-Elect, 2006
American Institute of Chemists
1988-90, President, Beta Beta Chapter, Phi Lambda Upsilon National Chemistry Honor Society, Texas A&M University
American Association for the Advancement of Science
2013, Elected Fellow
Royal Society of Chemistry
2010, Elected Fellow
last modified: 11 February 2019