Myles Drance

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
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Myles Drance received a BA in chemistry and Spanish from Colgate University and a PhD in chemistry from the University of California, San Diego. He continued his training as an Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before joining the Vassar College faculty in 2023. 

Dr. Drance’s research lies at the interface of synthetic inorganic and organic chemistry, seeking to address challenges of both fundamental and industrial importance. He is particularly interested in designing catalysts based on non-toxic, earth-abundant elements to convert organic feedstock chemicals into value-added products. A variety of analytical techniques are used to characterize molecules, such as nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, and X-ray diffractometry. 

BS, Colgate University; MS, PhD, University of California-San Diego
At Vassar since 2023


Bridge for Laboratory Sciences
Box 617

Research and Academic Interests

Organometallic chemistry, main group chemistry, catalysis

Departments and Programs


  • CHEM 125 Chemical Principles
  • CHEM 327/328 Inorganic Chemistry

Selected Publications

Drance, M. J.; Tanushi, A.; Radosevich, A. T. “Two-Site O–H Addition to an Iridium Complex Featuring a Nonspectator Tricoordinate Phosphorus Ligand” J. Am. Chem. Soc.2022144, 20243–20248.

Drance, M. J.; Wang, S.; Gembicky, M.; Rheingold, A. L.; Figueroa, J. S.“Probing for Four Coordinate Zero-Valent Iron in a π-Acidic Ligand Field: A Functional Source of FeL4 Enabled by Labile Dinitrogen Binding” Organometallics202039, 3394–3402.

Drance, M. J.; Sears, J. D.; Mrse, A. M.; Moore, C. E.; Rheingold, A. L.; Neidig, M. L.; Figueroa, J. S.“Terminal Coordination of Diatomic Boron Monofluoride to Iron” Science2019363, 1203–1205.

Drance, M. J.; Mokhtarzadeh, C. C.; Melaimi, M.; Agnew, D. W.; Moore, C. E.; Rheingold, A. L.; Figueroa, J. S. “Controlled Expansion of a Strong-Field Iron-Nitride Cluster: Multi-Site Ligand Substitution as a Strategy for Activating Interstitial Nitride Nucleophilicity” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.201857, 13057–13061.

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, Awards

Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chemical Sciences

In the Media


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