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Connie Pfeiffer

User Program Manager

Dr. Connie Pfeiffer is the user program manager for the Center for Nanoscale Materials. She is responsible for user administration and the development of collaborative partnerships with academia, industry, and the user community at large.



My background is in X-ray crystallography and supramolecular, inorganic, and materials chemistry. Specifically in crystal engineering and the synthesis of metal organic frameworks (MOFs) composed of porphyrins and naphthalene diimides for applications in catalysis, and gas and energy storage.

Current Position

User Program Manager at the Center for Nanoscale Materials

Education and Training

  • Postdoctoral Researcher 2019-2021, Dr. Nathan Guisinger, Quantum and Energy Materials Group, CNM, Argonne
  • Postdoctoral Researcher 2015-2017, Prof. Neil Champness, Materials Science, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
  • Ph.D 2015, Prof. Jerry Atwood, Supramolecular Chemistry, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  • B.A. 2010, Chemistry and Mathematics, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL


1. P. Langer, L. Yang, C. R. Pfeiffer, W. L. Lewis, N. R. Champness, Restricting Shuttling in Bis(imidazolium) … pillar[5]arene rotaxanes using Metal Coordination.” Dalton Trans. 48, 58 (2019)

2. H. Martn, C. R. Pfeiffer, E. S Davies, A. L. Davis, W. L. Lewis, N. R. Champness “ Influence of Hydrogen Bonding Interactions on Nuclearity and Structure of Palladium Tiara-like Complexes.” ACS Omega, 3, 8769 (2018)

3. N. Pearce, E. S. Davies, R. Horvath, C. R. Pfeiffer,  X. Z. Sun, W. Lewis, J. McMaster, M. W. George, N. R. Champness Thionated naphthalene diimides: tuneable chromophores for applications in photoactive dyads.” Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 20, 752 (2018)

4. C. R. Pfeiffer, N. Pearce, N. R. Champness, Complexity of Two-Dimensional Self-Assembled Arrays at Surface.” Chem. Commun., 53, 11528 (2017)

5. C. R. Pfeiffer, N. H. Biggins, W. Lewis, N. R. Champness Nickel(II) Metal-Organic Frameworks with N,N’-di(4-pyridyl)-1,4,5,8-naphthalenetetracarboxydiimide Ligands: Influence of the Secondary Building Unit Geometry on Dimensionality, Intermolecular Interactions, and Cavity Dimensions.” CrystEngComm, 19, 5558 (2017)

6. S. J. Quinn, E. S. Davies, C. R. Pfeiffer, W. Lewis, J. McMaster, N. R. Champness Core-Substituted Naphthalene Diimides: Influence of Substituent Conformation on Strong Visible Absorption.” ChemPlusChem, 82 (2017)

7. C. R. Pfeiffer, N. R. Champness Reference Module in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering, Elsevier (2016)

8. R. Ricco, C. R. Pfeiffer, K. Sumida, C. J. Sumby, P. Falcaro, S. Furukawa, N. R. Champness, C. J. Doonan Emerging Applications of Metal-organic Frameworks.” CrystEngComm Highlight, 18, 6532 (2016)

9. B. A. Llewellyn, E. S. Davies, C. R. Pfeiffer, M. Cooper, W. Lewis, N. R. Champness Thionated Perylene Diimides with intense Absorbance in the near-IR.” Chem. Commun. 52, 2099 (2015)

10. C. R. Pfeiffer, K. A. Feaster, S. J. Dalgarno, J. L. Atwood Syntheses and Characterization of Aryl-Substituted Pyrogallol[4]arenes and Resrocin[4]arenes.” CrystEngComm. 18, 222 (2015) Front Cover

11. C. R. Pfeiffer, D. A. Fowler, J. L. Atwood Establishing Trends based on Solvent System Changes in Cocrystals Containing Pyrogallol[4]arenes and Fluorescent Probes Rhodamine B and Pyronin Y.” CrystEngComm. 17, 4475 (2015)

12. C. R. Pfeiffer, D. A. Fowler, J. L. Atwood Selective Complexation in Three Component Cocrystals Composed of Pyrogallol[4]arene and Fluorescent Probes Pyrene and 1-(2-pyridylazo)-2-naphthal.” Crystal Growth and Design. 15, 3992 (2015)

13. C. R. Pfeiffer, S. G. Atwood, L. Samadello, J. L. Atwood Investigating Properties and Trends of Cocrystals Composed of Pyrogallol[4]arenes and Anthracene-based Fluorescent Probes.” Crystal Growth and Design. 15, 2958 (2015)

14. C. R. Pfeiffer, D. A. Fowler, S. Teat, J. L. Atwood Cocrystallization of Pyrogallol[4]arenes with 1-(2-pyridylazo)-2-napthol.” CrystEngComm. 16, 10760 (2014) Inside Front Cover

15. C. R. Pfeiffer, D. A. Fowler, J. L. Atwood Endo vs Exo Bowl: Complexation of Xanthone by Pyrogallol[4]arenes.” Crystal Growth and Design. 14, 4205 (2014)

16. D. A. Fowler, C. R. Pfeiffer, J. L. Atwood Solvent-modulated Formation of Pac-man and Capsular Host Guest Bilayers from a Dicationic Ionic Liquid and C-Butylpyrogallol[4]arene.” Crystal Growth and Design. 14, 4199 (2014)

17. D. A. Fowler, C. R. Pfeiffer, J. L. Atwood Illuminating Host Cocrystallization Between Pyrogallol[4]arenes and the Ionic Liquid 1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium Ethylsulfate.” CrystEngComm. 16, 60101 (2014) Inside Front Cover