Janet Hunting

Associate Professor, Chemistry
Phone: 607-274-1475
Office: Center for Natural Sciences 357, Ithaca, NY 14850
Specialty: Solid State Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry

  • Principles of Chemistry [CHEM 12100]
  • Inorganic Chemistry [CHEM 34200]
  • Intro to Solid State Materials Chemistry [CHEM 48400]
  • Chemistry & Crime: A Forensic Perspective [CHEM 15500]
  • Quantitative Chemistry [CHEM 23200]
  • Experimental Chemistry IV [CHEM 32500]
  • Introduction to X-ray Crystallography
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • Introduction to Materials Chemistry
  • Topics in Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Chemistry Capstone

My primary interest is the synthesis and characterization of new inorganic materials which may find use in alternative energy or energy-saving applications. We are currently focusing on doped transition metal oxides as potential cathode supports in fuel cells. In addition we are researching new oxide and oxynitride luminescent materials for use in solid-state lighting, and also synthesizing new nitride compounds using lithium nitride as a flux.

Durable materials are essential to the widespread introduction of fuel cell technology. A key challenge in the manufacture of stable polymer electrode membrane (PEM) fuel cells is corrosion of the carbon black cathode supports. Carbon black reacts to form CO2 at high potentials, often achieved during start-up and shut-down conditions. New materials that could replace carbon black are transition-metal-doped titanium and tin dioxides. The rutile structure exhibits excellent flexibility in doping it with transition metals such as tungsten. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) and tin dioxide (SnO2) are two rutile-type compounds that are stable and inexpensive, but non-conducting. We make TiO2 and SnO2 conducting by substituting tungsten, molybdenum and other transition metal cations in place of some of the titanium or tin cations. Substituted compounds with stoichiometries Ti1-x-y AxByO2, (where A = W, Mo, Ta, Nb, and B = V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni) have been synthesized using chemical vapor transport (CVT). Many of the substituted oxides maintain the rutile structure, are conducting, and are stable in acid solutions. We're currently synthesizing doped tin oxides using CVT and sol-gel methods. We characterize our compounds by powder X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence and by resistivity measurements.  Our goal is stable, electrically conducting materials that will be useful for a wide variety of applications such as cathode supports in fuel cells.


Research Corporation Single Investigator Cottrell Science Award: “Conducting Metal Oxides as Stable Catalyst Supports for Fuel Cell Applications” July 2010 – June 2013


B.S. in Chemistry, California State University Long Beach, 1999

Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry, Cornell University, 2006 (Research Advisor: Frank DiSalvo)


Franklin & Marshall College, 2005-2007 (Visiting Asst. Prof.)


Klemes, M.J. ; Soderstrom, L.; Hunting, Janet L.; Larsen, A.S. “Crystal structure of 1-butyl-2-3,dimethylimidazoliumdicarba-7,8-nido-undecarborate” Acta Crystallographica, Section E: Structure Reports (2015), 71, o183.  

Steiger, Scott A.; Monacelli, Anthony J.; Li, Chun; Hunting, Janet L.; Natale, Nicholas R. "The effect of bromine scanning around the phenyl group of 4-phenylquinolone derivatives" Acta Crystallographica, Section C: Structural Chemistry (2014), 70(8), 790-795.  

Steiger, Scott A.; Monacelli, Anthony J.; Li, Chun; Hunting, Janet L.; Natale, Nicholas R. "Diethyl 4-(biphenyl-4-yl)-2,6-dimethyl-1,4-dihydropyridine-3,5-dicarboxylate" Acta Crystallographica, Section E: Structure Reports (2014), 70(7), o791-o792.  

Li, Chun; Campbell, Michael J; Weaver, Matthew J.; Duncan, Nathan S.; Hunting, Janet L.; Natale, Nicholas R. “Ethyl 3-(10-bromo-anthracen-9-yl)-5-methyl-1,2-oxazole-4-carboxylate” Acta Crystallographica, Section E: Structure Reports (2013), 69(12), o1804-o1805.  

Hunting, Janet L.*; Szymanski, Marta M.; ‡ Kowalsick, Amanda L.; Downie, Craig M.; DiSalvo, Francis J.  “The Synthesis and Structure of New Transition Metal Lithium Calcium Nitride Compounds”Journal of Solid State Chemistry (2013), 197, 288-296

Subban, Chinmayee; Zhou, Qin; Leonard, Brian; Ranjan, Chinmoy; Edvenson, Heather; DiSalvo, F.J.;, Munie, Semeret; and Hunting, Janet. “Catalyst supports for polymer electrolyte fuel cells” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (2010) 368, 3243-3253.

Hunting, Janet L.; Szymanski, Marta M.;* Johnson, Philip E.;* Kellar, C. Brenhin;* DiSalvo, Francis J. “The Synthesis and Structural Characterization of the New Ternary Nitrides: Ca4TiN4 and Ca5NbN5” Journal of Solid State Chemistry (2007), 180(1), 31-40.

Yesinowski, James P.; Purdy, Andrew P.; Wu, Huaqiang; Spencer, Michael G.; Hunting, Janet; DiSalvo, Francis J.  “Distributions of Conduction Electrons as Manifested in MAS NMR of Gallium Nitride” Journal of the American Chemical Society  (2006), 128(15), 4952-4953.

Wu, Huaqiang; Poitras, Carl B.; Lipson, Michal; Spencer, Michael G.; Hunting, Janet; DiSalvo, Francis J.  “Photoluminescence and cathodoluminescence analyses of GaN powder doped with Eu”  Applied Physics Letters  (2006),  88(1),  011921/1-011921/3.

Wu, Huaqiang; Hunting, Janet; Uheda, Kyota; Lepak, Lori; Konkapaka, Phanikumar; DiSalvo, Francis J.; Spencer, Michael G.  “Rapid synthesis of gallium nitride powder”   Journal of Crystal Growth  (2005),  279(3-4),  303-310.

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Hunting, Janet L. “Doping molybdenum and tungsten tin(IV) oxide; preparation by sol-gel methods /   PUI Crystallography” Solid State Chemistry Gordon Conference, New London, NH (2014)

Cerny, Martin; Hunting, Janet L. “Improvement of PEM Fuel Cells: The Synthesis of Transition Metal Doped Tin and Titanium Dioxide” Abstracts of Papers, 247th ACS National Meeting, Dallas, TX (2014), CHED-773.

Lombardo, Automm R.; Hunting, Janet L. “Molybdenum- and tungsten-doped tin(IV) oxide compounds prepared by sol-gel for PEM fuel cell cathode supports” Abstracts of Papers, 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA (2013), CHED-684.

Page, Joshua S.; Hunting, Janet L. “Synthesis and characterization of transition metal doped TiO2 and SnO2” Abstracts of Papers, 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA (2013), CHED-683.

Bunch, Brittany L.; Hunting, Janet L. “Transition metal doped tin dioxide as alternative cathode support in proton exchange membrane fuel cells” Abstracts of Papers, 243rd ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA (2012), CHED-776.

Belenchia, Sarah A.; Ferrari, Anthony P.; Chan, Y.; Kromer, Brittney E.; Hunting, Janet L.“Synthesis and characterization of new doubly-substituted titanium dioxide (rutile) compounds using chemical vapor transport” Abstracts of Papers, 241st ACS National Meeting, Anaheim, CA (2011), CHED-586.

Doll, Courtney E.; Hunting, Janet L. “Synthesis of substituted SnO2 materials, Sn1-xMxO2 where M = Mo, Ta, Nb, W and other transition metals” Abstracts of Papers, 241st ACS National Meeting, Anaheim, CA (2011), CHED-590.

Munie, Sara T.; Hunting, Janet L. “Synthesis and characterization of transition-metal substituted manganese dioxide (Mn1-xMxO2) and manganese (III) oxide (Mn2-xMxO3) materials” Abstracts of Papers, 241st ACS National Meeting, Anaheim, CA (2011), CHED-588.

Linderman, Crysania M.; Hunting, Janet L. “Synthesis of chromium-doped Sn1-xMxO2 compounds for use as catalyst supports in fuel cells” 2011 NCUR national meeting, March 31, 2011.

Hunting, Janet L. “Synthesis and characterization of doubly-substituted titanium dioxide materials using chemical vapor transport” Solid State Chemistry Gordon Conference, New London, NH (2010).

Ferrari, Anthony P.; Hunting, Janet L. "Synthesis and characterization of conducting oxide materials: multiply-substituted titanium niobium dioxide" Abstracts of Papers, 239th ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA (2010), CHED-818.

Belenchia, Sarah A.; Kromer, Brittney E.; Hunting, Janet L. “Synthesis and Characterization of Doubly-substituted Titanium Dioxide Materials Using Chemical Vapor Transport” Abstracts,37th Northeast Regional ACS Meeting, Potsdam, NY (2010), NERM-114.

Perodeau, Jacqueline R.; Munie, Semeret T.; Hunting, Janet L. “Using Chemical Vapor Transport in the Synthesis of Doped Titanium Dioxide Materials” Abstracts of Paper, 237th ACS National Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT (2009), INOR-153.

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