Larry Mehne

Larry Mehne

Professor of Chemistry
On faculty: 1976-1980, since 1989





PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1976

BS, Pennsylvania State University, 1971


Professional Interests

Teaching: Physical Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis. Development of general/physical/analytical laboratory programs. Computers as tools for automation as well as data reduction. Fostering an appreciation for the glory of God in the physical creation.

Research: Electrochemistry and magnetic resonance of transition metal complexes, occurrence of higher oxidation states of transition metals, synthesis and characterization of novel crown thioether complexes of the heavier metals.


Personal Interests

Clerk of Session, Cornerstone Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga, TN


Professional Membership

  • American Chemical Society
  • Chattanooga Section of the ACS (Chair, 1994; Board Member, 1992-2002)
  • Chemical Education Division of the ACS
  • Inorganic Division of the ACS


Selected Publications

  • "Ruthenium(II) Thiacrown Complexes: Synthetic, Spectroscopic, Electrochemical, DFT, and Single Crystal X-ray Structural Studies of [Ru([15]aneS5)Cl](PF6)", Daron E. Janzen, Donald G. VanDerveer, Larry F. Mehne, Gregory J. Grant, Inorganica Chimica Acta 364, 55 (2010).
  • "Cyclometallated Pt(II) and Pd(II) Complexes with a Trithiacrown Ligand" Janzen, D.E.; VanDerveer, D.G.; Mehne, L.F.; da Dilva Fihlo, A.A.; Breda, J.-L.; Grant, G.J.; J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., 2008(14), 1872-1882.
  • "Synthesis and Structural Studies of Ruthenium(II) 12S4 Complexes with 4,4'-Bipyridine: The Crystal Structures of [Ru(12S4)(bpy)Cl](Cl)•H2O and [{Ru(12S4)Cl}2-μ-(bpy)](PF6)2•2CH3CN" Janzen, D.E.; Chen, W.; Mehne, L.F.; VanDerveer, D.G.; Grant, G.J.; Inorg. Chem. Commun., 9, 992 (2006).
  • "Cationic Five-Coordinate PtII Complexes as Donors in the Formation of Pt→Ag Dative Bonds" Daron E. Janzen, Larry F. Mehne, Donald G. VanDerveer, and Gregory J. Grant, Inorganic Chemistry, 44, 23, (2005).
  • "Synthetic, structural, spectroscopic, and electrochemical studies of mixed sandwich Rh(III) and Ir(III) complexes involving Cp* and tridentate macrocycles" Gregory J. Grant, John P. Lee, Monte L. Helm, Donald G. VanDerveer, William T. Pennington, Jeffrey L. Harris, Larry F. Mehne, David W. Klinger, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 690, 629 (2005).
  • "Heteroleptic Platinum(II) Complexes with Crown Thioethers and Diimine Ligands: The Crystal Structures of [Pt(9S3)(2,2'-bipy)](PF6)2 and [Pt(9S3)(4,4-dimethyl-2,2'-bipy)](PF6)22.5 CH3NO2" Gregory J. Grant, Ketankumar N. Patel, Monte L. Helm, Larry F. Mehne, David W. Klinger, and Donald G. VanDerveer, Polyhedron, 23(8), 1361 (2004).
  • "Metal Binding Studies with Macrocyclic Hexathioethers: Transition Metal Complexes of 22S6 and 20S6" Gregory J. Grant, Christopher G. Brandow, Chrystal Williams Bruce, Mark A. Bryant, Rebecca M. Kirk, Sabrina D. Lee, Kerry L. Robinson, Larry F. Mehne, Journal of Heterocyclic Chemistry, 38, 1281 (2001).
  • "Transition Metal Complexes with Macrocyclic Oxathiaethers" Gregory J. Grant, Myron W. Jones, Kristi D. Loveday, Donald G. VanDerveer, William T. Pennington, Cassandra T. Eagle, Larry F. Mehne, Inorganica Chimica Acta, 300-302, 250 (2000).


Lindsey talks about using "The Poisoner's Handbook" as material for a chemistry course taught by Dr. Dan Zuidema.