Steve Kalman

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Phone: 609.652.4946
Office: USC-316
Website/CV: Kalman Research Group



Dr. Steven Kalman grew up in Hillsdale, NJ. After graduating from Pascack Valley High School in 2006, Dr. Kalman went on to study chemistry at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. At Muhlenberg, Dr. Kalman got his first taste of inorganic chemistry while performing undergraduate research on the synthesis, characterization, and application of tungsten complexes of chiral tetraamine ligands. He also had additional opportunities to do undergraduate research in organometallic chemistry at North Carolina State University and the University of Virginia. After graduating with a B.S. in chemistry from Muhlenberg College in 2010, Dr. Kalman pursued a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA where he studied C-H activation and C-C bond forming reactions with iron complexes as well as hydrocarbon functionalization using iodine oxides. After earning his Ph.D. in 2015, Dr. Kalman happily moved back to NJ where he is currently an assistant professor of chemistry at Stockton University. In his spare time, Dr. Kalman enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids.


Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, University of Virginia, 2015
B.S., Chemistry, Muhlenberg College, 2010


Inorganic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, catalysis


CHEM 2110/2115 Chemistry I
CHEM 2140 Chemistriy IV
CHEM 3110 Inorganic Chemistry
GNM 2281 Science of Alternative Energy


The research in my laboratory is in the area of organometallic chemistry. Our efforts are directed toward synthesizing inorganic compounds based on transition metals and using these new compounds as catalysts for organic reactions. We hope that the new catalysts will improve the efficiency of the reactions, decrease energy input, and decrease the quantity of waste. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to perform reactions under inert atmosphere and study reaction mechanisms. Current projects in my lab are focused on the applications of nickel and ruthenium complexes of primary amido-functionalized N-heterocyclic carbene ligands. 



“Nickel Complexes of Primary Amido-Functionalized N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligands: Synthesis, Characterization, and Base-Free Transfer Hydrogenation” Roach, T. V.*; Schmitz, M. L.*; Leach, V. A.*; Miller, M. D.*; Chan. B. C.; Kalman, S. E. Journal of Organometallic Chemistry 2018, 873, 8 – 14.
*Stockton University undergraduate students

“Mechanism of Hydrocarbon Functionalization by an Iodate/Chloride System: The Role of Ester Protection” Schwartz, N. A.; Boaz, N. C.; Kalman, S. E.; Zhuang, T.; Goldberg, J. M.; Fu, R.; Nielson, R. J.; Goddard III, W. A.; Groves, J. T.; Gunnoe, T. B. ACS Catalysis 2018, 8, 3138 – 3149.

“Combined Furan C-H Activation and Furyl Ring-Opening by an Iron(II) Complex” Taylor, K. H.; Kalman, S. E.; Gunnoe, T. B.; Sabat, M. Organometallics 2016, 35, 1978 – 1985.

“Molybdenum Complexes of Chiral C2-symmetric Picchxn-type Ligands: Synthesis, Characterization, and Structural Studies” Bennov, R. R.; Berko, D. A.; Burgess, S. A.; DiMeglio, J. L.; Kalman, S. E.; Ludlum, J. M.; Nash, B. W.; Palomaki, P. K. B.; Perlow, D. B.; Rubin, J. A.; Saunders, J. E.; Scarselletta, S. V.; Kastner, M. E.; Pike, R. D.; Sabat, M.; Keane, J. M. Inorganica Chimica Acta 2015, 438, 64-75.

“Phosphine and N-heterocyclic Carbene Ligands on Pt(II) Shift Selectivity from Ethylene Hydrophenylation toward Benzene Vinylation” Brosnahan, A. M.; Talbot, A.; McKeown, B. A.; Kalman S. E.; Gunnoe, T. B.; Ess, D. H.; Sabat, M. Journal of Organometallic Chemistry 2015, 793, 248-255

“Partial Oxidation of Light Alkanes by Periodate and Chloride” Kalman, S. E.; Munz, D.; Fortman, G. C.; Boaz, N. C.; Gunnoe, T. B.; Groves, J. T. Dalton Transactions 2015, 44, 5294-5298.

“Oxygen Atom Insertion into Iron(II) Phenyl and Methyl Bonds: A Key Step for Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalization” Mei, J.; Pardue, D. B.; Kalman, S. E.; Gunnoe, T. B.; Cundari, T. R.; Sabat, M. Organometallics 2014, 33, 5597-5605.

“The Formation of Hydroxyindenyl and Vinylidene Ligands by Reaction of Internal Alkynes with Cp*Fe(CO)(NCMe)Ph” Kalman, S. E.; Gunnoe, T. B.; Sabat, M. Organometallics 2014, 33, 5457-5463.

“Facile and Regioselective C-H Bond Activation of Aromatic Substrates by an Fe(II) Complex Involving a Spin-Forbidden Pathway” Kalman, S. E.; Petit, A.; Gunnoe, T. B.; Ess, D. H.; Cundari, T. R.; Sabat, M. Organometallics 2013, 32, 1797-1806.