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May Nyman

Terence Bradshaw Chemistry Professor
Department of Chemistry

May Nyman

Terence Bradshaw Chemistry Professor
Department of Chemistry


Thank you for your interests in the Nyman research group activities. We synthesize and characterize aqueous metal-oxo clusters from across the periodic table. Besides being beautiful, they are useful for advancing science and technology. Applications we are currently using our clusters for include: crystallizing proteins to understand their function in living systems , photolithography for microelectronics, sustainable processes to synthesize metal oxides from water, catalysis for clean energy technologies, investigations of mineral grow and contaminant transport in the environment. We are also exploring the frontier of the periodic table in our actinide chemistry programs. Our discoveries are important for nuclear energy and for nuclear security and U.S. leadership in these technologies on the international stage.

Research Interests

  • Materials


Ph.D. (1997) University of New Mexico

M.Sc. (1992) Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

BSc. (1990) Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


  • “Deliberate construction of polyoxoniobates exploiting the carbonate ligand” M Amiri, NP Martin, CL Feng, JK Lovio, M Nyman Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2021 10.1002/ange.202017367
  • “Hybrid Polyoxometalate Salt Adhesion by Butyltin Functionalization” MR Olsen, I Colliard, T Rahman, TC Miyaishi, B Harper, S Harper, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2021; 10.1021/acsami.1c03269
  • “Cs absorption capacity and selectivity of crystalline and amorphous Hf and Zr phosphates” CA Nagasaka, K Kozma, KG Brunson, CJ Russo, TM Alam, M Nyman, Polyhedron, 2021; 10.1016/j.poly.2021.115199
  • “CeIV70 oxosulfate rings, frameworks, supramolecular assembly and redox activity” Ian Colliard and May Nyman, Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed, 2021, 10.1002/anie.202016522
  • “Differentiating Zr/HfIV Aqueous Polyoxocation Chemistry with Peroxide Ligation” James A. Sommers, Danielle C. Hutchison, Nicolas P. Martin, Lauren Palys, Jenn M. Amador, Douglas A. Keszler, and May Nyman, Inorganic Chemistry, 2021 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.0c03128
  • “Isomerization of Na-centered Alkyltin Keggin Clusters” Danielle C. Hutchison, Rachelle M. Smith, M. Nyman, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2021, 1, 43-49.
  • “Directional bonding in {Nb10} inorganic frameworks” Nicolas P. Martin and May Nyman, Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed, 2021, 60(20), 954-960 10.1002/ange.202010902


  • F. Albert Cotton Award in Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry, American Chemical Society, 2022
  • Humboldt Research Award, October 2020 (60,000 Euros for a research visit in Germany)
  • Gilfillan Lecture award for Distinguished Scholarship in Science (OSU College of Science), October 2018•Humboldt Research Award
  • Promoted to Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Labs, January 2012 (a title received by less than 10% of the technical staff over the course of their career)
  • Employee Recognition Award for Technical Excellence, Sandia National Labs, 2010