Chemistry Department

Dr. Gary Wulfsberg


Phone: (615) 895-2985


(1981) B.S., Iowa State University; Ph. D. University of Wisconsin. Inorganic Chemistry and Chemical Education. NQR (nuclear quadrupole resonance) spectroscopy in inorganic chemistry; bonding of chlorocarbons to metal ions; weakly coordinating anions; inorganic textbook author; discovery (learning cycle) experiments, student response systems, and chemical education research into their effectiveness.


G. Wulfsberg, Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry. Begun August 2008; about two-thirds complete.

G. Wulfsberg, E. Kravchenko, V. G. Morgunov, S. Miller, O. Anderson, T. Barnes, R. Briggs, and P. MacDougall, "Silver Dichloroacetate: A Compound with Weak Ag-Cl Bonding Interactions and an Extraordinary Range of 35Cl NQR Frequencies," Inorganica Chimica Acta, 2008, 361, 2471-2482.

Gabriel Gillette and Gary Wulfsberg, "35Cl NQR Spectra of Group 1 and Silver Dichloromethanesulfonates," Hyperfine Interactions, 2008, 181(1-3), 13-19. )

G. Wulfsberg, "Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance Spectroscopy," invited chapter in R. Scott and C. Lukehart, eds, 'Applications of Physical Methods to Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry' (Volume 11 of R. B. King, ed., Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry, 2nd ed.), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Chichester, UK, 2007, 385-400.

G. P. Wulfsberg, "Periodic Table: Trends in the Properties of Elements," invited chapter in R. B. King, ed., Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry, 2nd ed., John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Chichester, UK, 2005, 4226-4239.

G. Wulfsberg, M. Cochran, J. Wilcox, T. Koritsanszky, D. Jackson, and J. Howard, "The Weakly Coordinating Trichloromethanesulfonate Anion: NQR Comparison of its Coordinating Abilities via Oxygen with those of the Chloroacetate Ions," Inorganic Chemistry , 2004 , 43, 2031-2042.

G. Wulfsberg, K. D. Parks, R. Rutherford, D. Jackson, F. E. Jones, D. Derrick, W. Ilsley, S. Strauss, S. Miller, O. P Anderson, T. A. Babushkina, S. I. Gushchin, E. A. Kravchenko, and V. G. Morgunov, "Weakly Coordinating Anions: Crystallographic and NQR Studies of Halogen-Silver Bonding in Silver, Thallium, Sodium, and Potassium Halomethanesulfonates," Inorg. Chem. , 2002 , 41, 2032-2040.

G. Wulfsberg, J. Robertson, T. A. Babushkina, S. I. Gushchin, H. Terao, and J. Powell, "Weakly Coordinating Ligands: Nuclear Quadrupole Coupling Constants and Asymmetry Parameters of Iodocarbons Coordinated to Metal Ions," Zeitschrift fur Naturforschung , 2000 , 55a, 145-150.

Gabriel Gillette, "Part I. Analyzing the Distribution of Gas Law Questions in Chemistry Textbooks; Part II. 35Cl NQR Spectra of Group 1 and Silver Dichloromethanesulfonates." 2009, D.A. Dissertation.

Mildred Hall, D. A. "Part I. Student Success in Intensive Versus Traditional Introductory Chemistry Courses. Part II. Synthesis of Salts of the Weakly Coordinating Trisphat Anion." 2008, D.A. Dissertation.

Pooja Marella, "Synthesis of Salts of the Weakly Coordinating Trisphat Anion," 2004, M.S. Thesis.

Katherine Parks, "Weakly-Coordinating Halogenated Ligands." 2000 , D. A. Dissertation.

G. Wulfsberg, Chimie Inorganique: Theories et applications , Paris: Dunod, 2002. French translation of Inorganic Chemistry ( 2000 ).

G. Wulfsberg, Inorganic Chemistry , Sausalito, CA: University Science Books, 2000 .978 pages.


G. Wulfsberg, "Commentary: What are the 'Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry?' Two Answers." Journal of Chemical Education, 2012, accepted for publication.  (Link:

M. Gebru, A. J. Phelps, and G. Wulfsberg, "Effect of clickers versus online homework on students' long-term retention of General Chemistry course material." Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2012, 13, 325-329.

J. S. Chimeno, G. P. Wulfsberg, M. J. Sanger, and T. J. Melton, " The Rainbow Wheel and Rainbox Matrix - Two Effective Tools for Learning Ionic Nomenclature," Journal of Chemical Education, 2006, 83, 651-654.

Misganaw Gebru, "The Effects of Clickers and Online Homework on Students' Achievement in General Chemistry." 2012, Ph. D.Dissertation in Math and Science Education, with concentration in Chemistry Education:

Debbie Rosenthal, "Part I. Chemical Education Research in Electrochemistry; Part II: Synthesis of Salts of Weakly Coordinating Stibate Ions." 2011, D. A. Dissertation:

L. Hoffman, G. Wulfsberg, and B. Young, "Discovery Videos: A Safe, Tested, Time-Efficient Way to Incorporate Discovery Laboratory Experiments into the Classroom," Journal of Chemical Education , 2003 ,80 , 962-966.

Joseph Chimeno, "Evaluating Three Methods that Contribute to the Learning of Inorganic Chemical Nomenclature," 2003, D.A. Dissertation.

Last Updated: May 4, 2012