Recent Events

Check it out! Our recent publication “Hydrophobicity may enhance membrane affinity and anti-cancer effects of Schiff base vanadium(V) catecholate complexes” is featured on the inside back cover of Dalton Transactions, vol 48! This work was done in collaboration with the Lay group a the University of Sydney and we are honored to have been selected for the cover.

Debbie Crans wins the ACS award for Distinguised Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry!

Debbie Crans receives ACS award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry


Jordan and Kim met Professor K. Barry Sharpless, winner of the 2019 Priestley Medal, at ACS Orlando.

CSU Graduate Student Showcase 2018

Jordan, Zeyad, Heide, Allison, and Cameron all presented posters about their research.

Debbie visited Puerto Rico!

Crans visited University of Puerto Rico – Río Piedras as an “Inorganic Leader lecturer” selected by the senior student group.  While she was at the University of Puerto Rico she spent time visiting with Arthur Tinoco and his group. 5/8-5/11/2017

Nicole and Katarina’s Undergraduate Theses

Congrats to Nicole and Katarina for passing their undergraduate theses.

2017 Group Lunch

This year held at Choice City!


2016 Group Lunch


Every year we have a celebration for everyone in the group. This years group lunch was great and we even got a group picture. This is a time for celebration of all of our accomplishments and to say goodbye to graduating members.

 ICBIC17 in Beijing, China

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Kui Wang, Xiao-Gai Yang and Debbie Crans


Debbie presenting at the meeting.

 Crans group outing at Horsetooth Reservoir (CURC Celebration), May 2015

Celebration of CURC participants and awards!

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CURC Poster Session, April 2015

Poster session pictures with CURC participants.

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Debbie and group at Laureate Award Ceremony (CNS Award Ceremony), April 2015

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Left, Crans group graduate students with Professor Laureate Debbie Crans! Right, Debbie while giving her Laureate talk, Heavy Metal: Not Just Another Dance with Vanadium. Below, Debbie accepting her award from CNS Dean Jan Nerger.


Debbie’s Laureate Dinner at Young’s, April 2015

Celebrating with Debbie at one of her favorite restaurants!laurate3

Denver ACS Meeting Posters, March 2015

At the ACS meeting in Denver CO this past spring graduate students had multiple posters in different sessions including Sci-Mix, Analytical, Inorganic, and Bio sessions. 20150324_191444       20150323_211536

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Denver Zoo Volunteer, March 2015

Many graduate and undergraduate students in the Crans group volunteered their time to show kids chemistry at the Denver Zoo.

ACS in a Box: Chemistry on the Silver Screen, February 2015


Jarukorn’s going away lunch, February 2015

Visiting PhD student Jarukorn Spiradite from Thailand leaving after a year of research in the Crans group.