Associate Professor — Inorganic, Bioinorganic, and Physical Inorganic Chemistry

Research and/or Creative Works

The Liptak group aims to elucidate the mechanisms of metal tetrapyrrole biosynthesis and degradation. In order to achieve these goals, we have developed diverse biochemical (recombinant protein expression, purification, and air-sensitive sample handling), spectroscopic (fluorescence, magnetic circular dichroism, and nuclear magnetic resonance), as well as computational (density functional theory, time-dependent density functional theory, and multi-reference perturbation theory) expertise.

Researchers in the Liptak group learn a variety of biochemical, spectroscopic, and computational skills in addition to management of a research project from the first experiments to journal publication. As a result, graduate student alumni have secured jobs in both academia and industry. The majority of undergraduate alumni have moved on to graduate programs in chemistry.


Awards and Recognition

  • New Talent: Americas, 2016

  • Paul Saltman Award, 2015

  • Ruth Kirschstein-NRSA, 2009

  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, 2002

Matthew Liptak

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Bioinorganic chemistry, magneto-optical spectroscopy, computational chemistry


  • B.A., Hamilton College, Clinton, NY, 2003
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 2008
  • NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, 2008–2011


  • (802) 656-0161
Office Location:

Innovation Hal E340

  1. Liptak Group Webpage

Courses Taught

Chem 031 — General Chemistry 1 (Fall 2015, Spring 2017)

Chem 131 — Inorganic Chemistry (Spring 2018, 2020)

Chem 231 — Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (Fall 2011-2014, 2016-2019)

Chem 236 — Physical Inorganic Chemistry (Spring 2012, 2014, 2016, 2019)