Olaf Nachtigall, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Chemistry


301 Sparkman Drive
Materials Science Building
Room 337
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Research in the Nachtigall lab focuses on Bioinorganic and Laser Chemistry.

The goal of our current bioinorganic projects is to mimic enzymes with rare earth metal cofactors for applications in catalysis and separation processes.

In addition to our application-focused bioinorganic research, we are developing new fundamental methods in synthetic chemistry involving high-energy laser beams to generate valuable organometallic compounds.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Dr. rer. nat., Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin (Germany), 2018


  • Synthetic Chemistry
  • Homogeneous Catalysis

Recent Publications

  • Phenylsilyl-Substituted Tetramethylcyclopentadienide Uranium Chemistry: Magnesocenes vs Grignard Reagents. J. Q. Nguyen, O. Nachtigall, Brynn N. Turpin, J. W. Ziller, W. J. Evans, Organometallics 2023, 42, 3474–3482.

  • Iron-Based Dehydration Catalyst for Selective Formation of Styrene. O. Nachtigall, A. I. VanderWeide, W. W. Brennessel, W. D. Jones, ACS Catal. 2021, 11, 10885–10891.

  • Versatile Organic Chemistry on Vanadium-based Multi-Electron Reservoirs. O. Nachtigall, J. Spandl, Chem. Eur. J. 2018, 24, 2785–2789.