Jerome Mullin



University of New Hampshire



LeMoyne College



Analytical chemistry

spectroscopic methods of analysis

fluorescence and chemiluminescence

environmental analysis

clinical analysis


Current Research

Synthesis and spectroscopic characterization of novel Group 14 metalloles, especially luminescence and aggregation-induced luminescence (AIE); preparation and characterization of luminescent rare earth (e.g., terbium, europium, dysprosium) heterobimetallic compounds (e.g., silver and gold dicyanides) and energy transfer characteristics of said compounds; determination of heavy metal distributions in regional marine and fresh-water sediments

Research Interests

Spectroscopic characterization of novel metalloles and their potential application in electro-optical devices (such as LEDs and chemical sensors); luminescence and energy transfer in rare earth-heterobimetallic compounds; applications of fluorescence and chemiluminescence in chemical analysis; determination of heavy metal distributions in the environment.

Selected Publications


Scalise, R.E.;* Caradonna, P.A.;* Tracy, H.J.; Mullin, J.L.; Keirstead, A.E. “1,1-Dimethyl-2,3,4,5-tetraphenylsilole as a Molecular Rotor Probe to Investigate the Microviscosity of Imidazolium Ionic Liquids,” Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials, 2014, 24(2), 431-441.

* Undergraduate student co-author.


Mullin, J.L.; Tracy, H.J. “Aggregation-induced Emission in Group 14 Metalloles (siloles, germoles, and stannoles): Spectroscopic Considerations, Substituent Effects, and Applications,” Chapter 2 in Aggregation-induced Emission: Fundamentals (A. Qin and B.Z. Tang, Ed.), Wiley, London, ISBN: 978-1-118-39430-4, 440 pages, October 2013. (Invited and peer-reviewed chapter)


Edwards, K.A.;* Fecteau, K.M.;* Hopkins, J.M.;* Benfaremo, N.; Ford, J.R.; Mullin, J.L.; Prudente, C.K.; Tracy, H.T. “The Synthesis and Unusual Luminescence Behavior of 1,1-Dimethyl-2,5-di(2-naphthyl)-3,4-diphenylsilole,” Journal of Luminescence, 2013, 134, 544-550.

* Undergraduate student co-author.


Bozeman, T.C.;* Edwards, K.A.;* Fecteau, K.M.;* Verde Jr., M.G.;* Blanchard, A.;* Woodall, D.L.*;  Benefaremo, N.; Ford, J.R.; Mullin, J.L.; Prudente, C.K.; Tracy, H.J. “Tolyl-Substituted Siloles: Synthesis, Substituent Effects, and Aggregation-Induced Emission,” Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials, 2011, 21(2), 316-326.

* Undergraduate student co-author.


Mullin, J.L.; Dyer, J.;* Whalen, N.;* Randall, R.;* Dow, S.* “Trace Metal Distributions in Sediments from the Bering and Chukchi Seas,” in Results of the Fourth Joint US‑Russian Bering and Chukchi Seas Expedition (BERPAC‑93), Kohl, S.; Rice, C.; Grebmeier, J.; Chernyak, S.; Sauer, J., editors, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Washington, DC, 2011.

* Undergraduate student co-author.


Mullin, J.L.; Tracy, H.J.; Ford, J.R.; Keenan, S.R.;* Fridman, F.* "Characteristics of Aggregation Induced Emission in 1,1-Dimethyl-2,3,4,5-tetraphenyl and 1,1,2,3,4,5-hexaphenyl Siloles and Germoles," Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials, 2007, 17, 201-213. *This is an invited paper in a special issue of JIOPM in honor of Professor Ian Manners.

* Undergraduate student co-author.


Lu, H.; Yson, R. L.; Ford, J. R.; Tracy, H. J.; Carrier, A. B.;* Keller, A.;* Mullin, J. L.; Poisson*, M. J.; Sawan, S.;* Patterson, H. H. "Tunable Energy Transfer from d10 Heterobimetallic Dicyanide(I) Donor Ions to Terbium(III) Acceptor Ions in Luminescent Tb[AgxAu1-x(CN)2]3 (x = 0 - 1)," Chemical Physics Letters, 2007, 443, 55-60.

* Undergraduate student co-author.


Tracy, H.T.; Mullin, J.L.; Klooster, W.T.; Martin, J.A.; Haug, J.; Wallace, S.; Rudloe, I.; Watts, K. "Enhanced Photoluminescence from Group 14 Metalloles in Aggregated and Solid Solutions," Inorganic Chemistry, 2005, 44, 2003-2011.


Fermann, J.;* Kakareka, J.; Klooster, W.; Mullin, J.L.; Quatrucci, J.*; Ricci, J.; Tracy, H.J.; Vining, W.; Wallace, S.* "Electrochemical and Photophysical Properties of a Series of Group 14 Metalloles,"  Inorganic Chemistry, 1999, 38, 2464 - 2472.


Mullin, J.L.; Dyer, J.L.; Whalen, N.; Randall, R.; Dow, S. "Heavy Metal Distributions in Sediments of the Bering and Chukchi Seas" (translated into Russian), in Dynamica Ecosystem Berigova i Chukotskogo Morey, Nauka, Moscow, 1999.


Mullin, J.L.; Marquardt, M.* "Spreadsheet-Controlled Potentiometric Analyses," J. Chem. Educ., 1995, 72, 400-401.


Mullin, J.L.; Eierman, R.J. "Extensive Student Use of Electronic Spreadsheets in Undergraduate Quantitative Analysis,"  J. Chem. Educ., 1990, 67, 878-881.

Other Scholarly Activity

Verde Jr., M. G; Bozeman, T.; Fecteau, K.; Woodall, D.L.; Orlando, A.E.; Tracy, H.J.; Ford, J.R.; Prudente, C.K.; Benfaremo, N.; Mullin, J.L. "Photophysical and electrochemical characterization of a series of tolyl-substituted siloles," Paper 845, American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, March, 2010.

Funded Grants

Maine Space Grant Consortium Education and Seed Research Program (MSG/ESR),"Exploring the Influence of Organized Media on the Photoluminescence Behavior of Siloles," $25,000 (2010), co-PI with Amy Keirstead (PI, UNE).

National Science Foundation (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Grant,"MRI: Acquisition of Luminescence Lifetime Instrumentation by a Partnership of Maine Undergraduate Institutions for Research and Student Training," $115,000 (2009). Principal Investigator, with co-PIs Henry Tracy (USM), James Ford (USM), and Jeff Nagle (Bowdoin).

Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grants Program, "Applications of Raman Spectroscopy Across the Chemistry Curriculum," $10,000 (2009). Principal Investigator.

National Science Foundation Research Grant, "RUI: A Collaborative Investigation into the Aggregate-Induced Emission Phenomenon in Group 14 Metallole and Metallole-like Molecules," $360,000 (2008). Co-principal Investigator, with Henry Tracy (USM), James Ford (USM), Caryn Prudente (USM), and Nicholas Benfaremo (St. Joseph's College).

Invited Plenary Presentation

Mullin, Jerome L. “Aggregation-induced Emission in Aryl-substituted Siloles and Germoles: Some Do and Some Do Not,” Invited talk at the First International Symposium on Aggregation-induced Emission, Wuhan, China, May 17-20, 2013.

Research Topics

Jerome Mullin

Jerome Mullin



Professor of Chemistry

Ludcke Chair 2013

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