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Andrew G. Tennyson

Photo of Andy TennysonAssociate Professor
Inorganic Chemistry

Phone: (864) 656-3158
Office: 483 Hunter Laboratories


The Tennyson Lab | Education & Training | Research Overview | Publications


 Education & Training

            Dr. Tennyson received his S.B. (with Honors) and S.M. concurrently in 2003 from the University of Chicago, where he worked with Prof. Greg Hillhouse on nickel(I) complexes.  He then obtained his Ph.D. in 2008 under the mentorship of Prof. Steve Lippard at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for his research into the fundamental redox chemistry of reactive nitrogen species.  From 2008–2010, Dr. Tennyson was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, where he investigated the electronic properties of organometallic complexes and polymers. 

             Dr. Tennyson joined Clemson University in 2010 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Center for Optical Materials Science and Engineering Technologies (COMSET), and in 2012 he received a joint appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.  In 2018, Clemson University awarded him tenure and promoted him to the rank of Associate Professor.  Dr. Tennyson received an NRC Senior Research Associateship from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine to conduct sabbatical research at the US Air Force Academy starting in 2020.


Research Overview

             Research in the Tennyson Lab harnesses redox chemistry to address unsolved challenges in medicine and environmental remediation.  Our highly-interdisciplinary research projects lie at the interface of classical organometallic catalysis with biomaterials, oxidative stress, and sustainable building materials.  We employ advanced techniques in inorganic, organic, and polymer synthesis, electrochemistry, spectroscopy, and materials analysis, and we collaborate with leading experts in computational chemistry, chemical biology, and medicine.  Our lab is developing solutions to artificial implant failure, biofilm formation, sterile inflammation, and the accumulation of chemical industrial waste.



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