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Lyon Lab Research


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Welcome to the Lyon Group research website.  Continue reading below to learn more about the exciting research that is being performed in this lab, or visit the links for publications, awards, collaborators, and research opprotunities for additional information. 



1) Investigating the reaction products between metal atoms and small molecules.

    Small molecules (freons, hydrocarbons, fuel alcohols, etc.) are reacted with metal atoms and frozen into an inert matrix (typically argon or neon). The resulting reaction products are identified through matrix isolation infrared spectroscopy and density function theory calculations. These experiments give potential insights into the remediation of toxic chemicals and the production of fuels.

For more information see, for example:

    Cho, H. G.; Lyon, J. T.; Andrews, L. J. Phys. Chem. A 2012, 116, 11880.    

    Lyon, J. T.; Andrews, L.; Hu, H.-S. Li, J. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 2007, 104, 18919.

2) Understanding the structural and chemical properties of clusters of metal and semiconductor atoms.

    Metals tend to have special properties which enable them to act as catalysts in chemical reactions.  However, this process is not always trivial.  Small metal clusters are studied as model systems of the active sites in heterogeneous catalysis.  By understanding small metal clusters, and the chemistry that occurs on them, we aim to improve current catalytic processes.  The structures of small metal clusters and their complexes are investigated by infrared multiple photon dissociation spectroscopy and density functional theory calculations.

For more information see, for example:

   Kerpal, C.; Harding, D. J.; Lyon, J. T.; Meijer, G.; Fielicke, A. J. Phys. Chem. C 2013, 117, 12153.

   Ngan, V. T.; Janssens, E.; Claes, P.; Lyon, J. T.; Fielicke, A.; Nguyen, M. T.; Lievens, P. Chem. Eur. J. 2012, 18, 15788.

   Haertelt, M.; Lyon, J. T.; Claes, P.; de Haeck, J.; Lievens, P.; Fielicke, A. J. Chem. Phys. 2012, 136, 064301.




Dr. Jonathan T. Lyon


    Faculty Adviser 


Ms. Diane Diatta - 2017


     chemistry major (biology minor) at Clayton State University graduating in Spring 2017 

     accomplishments: accepted into the chemistry graduate program at Kennesaw State University in 2017

     presented the 2017 Award for Excellence in Chemistry at CSU  

Mr. Vijay Patel - 2015


     chemistry graduate at Clayton State University in Fall 2015 

     accomplishments: accepted into the chemistry graduate program at Georgia State University in 2016


Mr. Ronald Mensah - 2014


     chemistry graduate at Clayton State University in Spring 2015 

     accomplishments: accepted into the chemistry graduate program at Kennesaw State University in 2015


Mr. Richard Justice - 2014


    chemistry graduate (physics minor) from Clayton State University in the Summer 2014  

    accomplishments: accepted into the chemistry graduate program at Kennesaw State University in 2015

Mr. David Haley - 2013 


      dual chemistry/mathematics major at Clayton State University 


Ms. Erika Dore - 2013 


      chemistry graduate from Lipscomb University in the Spring 2014 

      accomplishments: accepted into PA school at Harding University in 2015

 research project published in the Journal of Cluster Science

Mr. Patrick Drew - 2012


 post baccalaureate student at Clayton State University 

     accomplishments: presented results at the 2012 SERMACS regional ACS meeting 


Ms. Minh-Thu Phan - 2012



     high school student at Clayton High School: currently an undergraduate student at Georgia State University

     accomplishments: supported by the ACS project SEED 

                                 presented results at the state science fair  

                                 received ACS project SEED Bayer College Scholarship (http://cen.acs.org/articles/92/i18/Bayer-Scholars.html)


Mr. Marcus Bartlett - 2010-2011


chemistry/mathematics graduate (physics minor) from Clayton State University in 2013 

  accomplishments: presented results at the 2011 SERMACS regional ACS meeting

                       best poster presentation at the 2012 Clayton State University Academic Conference

                       participant in the University of Georgia's CCQC Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program 

                       presented the 2013 Award for Excellence in Chemistry at CSU  

                       accepted into the chemistry graduate program at the University of Georgia in 2013



Funding / Support


Funding and support:

As well as external support from the American Chemical Society - Project SEED, the eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), and internal support through the Clayton State University Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities program, the Arts and Sciences CASE program, and the Arts and Sciences mini-grant program.