John R. Swierk
Assistant Professor of Chemistry


2014 The Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Chemistry (with Tom Mallouk)

2008 University of Pennsylvania, B.A. in Chemistry and  B.S.E. in Materials Science & Engineering

Professional Appointments

2018-present Assistant Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, Binghamton University

2016-2018 Associate Research Scientist, Yale University - Energy Science Institute

2015-2016 Postdoctoral Associate, Yale University (with Charles Schmuttenmaer)

2014-2015 Postdoctoral Chemist, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab - Joint Center for Artificial             

         Photosynthesis (with T. Don Tilley)

2010-2012 NSF GK-12 Graduate Fellow, Pennsylvania State University


2021 NSF CAREER Award

2021 Bearcat Award for Outstanding Support and Service (Binghamton University) (Nominee)

2020 Harpur College (Binghamton University) Teaching Award (Honorable Mention)

2010 DOE Basic Energy Science Graduate Fellowship (Honorable Mention)

2010 NSF GRFP (Honorable Mention)

2008 American Institute of Chemists Medal, Univ. Pennsylvania



ACS Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator Award. Grant #60013-DNI4 “Photochemical Oxidation of Refractory Sulfur Compounds for Fuel Desulfurization.” 2019-2021, $110,000. Sole PI.


NIH-NIGMS R15 Grant #1R15GM140404-01. “Photochemical transformations of multicomponent aggregates containing photolabile small molecules, heavy metal ions, and/or nanoparticles in biological environments.” 2020-2023, ($300,000 direct, $150,480 indirect). Sole PI.

NSF CAREER Award "CAREER: Mechanistic Investigations of Photoredox Reactions." 2021-2026 ($472,668 direct, $226,670 indirect)



Dept. of Energy: "Ashlawn Energy Vanadium Redox Flow Battery Systems" 2022-2025

NIH R35 "Kinetically-Driven Design of Cooperative Hydrogen Atom Transfer (cHAT) Reactions) 2022-2027 

Courses Taught

CHEM 341 - Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry

CHEM 484T/584T - Transition Metal Chemistry

CHEM 484B/584B - Bioinorganic Chemistry

CHEM 484M/584M - Molecular Inorganic Chemistry

UNIV 101 - Alchemy and the Birth of Modern Science

UNIV 103 - Food Chemistry

Invited Lectures

2021 Temple University 

2021 University of Pennsylvania

2021 Illinois Institute Technology

2021 Rutgers Newark

2021 Kalamazoo College

2020 Lehigh University 

2020 Photochemistry Spotlight (online symposium) 

2019 State University of New York at Potsdam

2019 St. Lawrence University 

2019 Penn State Wilkes Barre

2016 Gordon Research Conference on Renewable Energy, Solar Fuels

Media Appearances

2021 NPR (All Things ConsideredShortwave Podcast, print)

2021 Reinventing the Tattoo