Stephen Fox

Stephen Fox, Ph.D.

Professor, Chemistry


Peter and Cecile Morgane Hall 012
Biddeford Campus

Stephen Fox hails from the United Kingdom.  He moved to the United States in Fall 1981.  As a graduate student he developed interest and skill in the synthesis of transition-metal complexes with chelating ligands.  As a post-doctoral scholar at The Johns Hopkins University he studied complexes that modeled the structure of cytochrome oxidase.  As a faculty member at the University of Louisiana-Monroe he initiated a research program involving a novel chelating ligand — naphthyridinediimine, to prepare complexes of two metals in mutual close proximity.  He arrived at UNE in Fall 2010; it is his honor to be here as both a science educator and a scientist — a teacher-scholar! 



SUNY at Stony Brook
University of Georgia
B. Sc. (Hons)
University of St. Andrews

Post-Doctoral Training

Post-Doctoral Training,
Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland)


Current research

As his primary research interest, Dr. Fox synthesizes and studies multi-metallic complexes of novel naphthyridine ligands.  In this context, he has prepared a class of dicopper(I) compounds with unusually short separations between the metal centers similar to what is found in the enzyme site known as "Copper A;" he is currently studying the reactivity of these compounds.  A secondary interest concerns the synthesis and study of novel platinum(II) complexes and the study of their interactions with DNA.

Selected publications

Fox, S.; Fronczek, F. R.; Valente, E. J.  "Halide-bridged dicopper(I) naphthyridine-diimine "crescent" complexes bearing short metal-metal distances"  Abstracts of Papers, 235th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, April 6-10, 2008, INOR-159


Holzer, S.; Fronczek, F. R; Young, Jr., V. G.; Fox, S.  “Synthetic and structural studies of the trans-bis(2-N-H-pyrrolylcarbaldimine) complexes of nickel(II) and palladium(II)” J. Chem. Crystallogr. 2006, 36, 883-889.

Fielding, A. J.; Fox, S.; Millhauser, G. L.; Chattopadhyay, M.; Kroneck, P. M. H.; Fritz, G.; Eaton, G. R.; Eaton, S. S. “Electron Spin Relaxation of Copper(II) Complexes in Glassy Solution between 10 and 120 K”  J. Magn. Res.  2006, 179(1), 92-104.

Chen, Q.; Buss, C. E.; Young, Jr., V. G.; Fox, S.  “Synthesis and structural studies of tris-2-chlorobenzylamine and tris-2-bromobenzylamine” J. Chem. Crystallogr. 2005, 35, 177-181.

Simpson, J. L.; Lombardo, D. J.; Fox, S.  “Spectroscopic and Structural Studies of a  Palladium(II) Pyrrolate-imine Complex”  J. Und. Chem. Res., 2004, 3(2), 71-77.

Wansapura, C.; Juyoung, C.; Simpson, J. L.; Szymanski, D.; Eaton, G. R.; Eaton, S. S.; Fox, S.  “From Planar Toward Tetrahedral Copper(II) Complexes:  Structural and Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Studies of Steric Effects Imparted by a Class of Pyrrolate-imine Ligands”  J. Coord. Chem  2003, 56, 975-993.

Vu, C.; Walker, D.; Wells, J.; Fox, S. “Elaboration of 1,8-Naphthyridine-2,7-Dicarboxaldehyde into Novel 2,7 Dimethylimine Derivatives”  J. Heterocyclic Chem  2002, 39, 829-832.

Research interests

Bioinorganic chemistry; diimine modified 1

Research topics

Chemical Synthesis