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Tigaa, Rodney
Rodney Tigaa
Title: Assistant Professor of Chemistry
College: College of Science, Mathematics, and Health
Department: Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences
Phone: 304-384-5297
Discipline: Chemistry
Box: F-19

Rodney Tigaa


Rodney Tigaa is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences. He joined Concord in 2020 from St. Cloud State University and brings a passion for preparing the next-generation of leaders and for scientific discovery. Fun fact: the student population of his undergraduate institution was about half the size that of Concord’s


Postdoctoral Research Associate, Florida State University (2018 – 2019)

Ph.D., Lanthanide Chemistry, University of Nevada-Reno (2017)

B.S., Chemistry, Manchester University (2013)


Think of the vivid colors displayed on your smartphone, flat screen TV, the lighting in your home, or the conversion of carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide by the catalytic converter of your car. Most of these technologies will not be possible without the f-elements! These elements possess unique and interesting optical properties. Our research aims to develop cheap, environmentally-friendly, and energy efficient f-element-containing materials for solid state lighting and catalysis applications. Participation in this research gives students hands-on experience in the synthesis of small organic molecules and nanomaterials. Students will also gain knowledge and technical skills through the use of NMR, infrared, UV-Vis absorption, and fluorescence spectroscopy instrumentation. Learn more here: Research Website



  1. Tigaa, R. A.; Swapnil, S. L., 2020., An International Perspective: Teaching Chemistry and Engaging Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Journal of Chemical Education, 97, 3318-3321.

  2. Hardy, D. A; Tigaa, R. A.; McBride, J.; Ortega, R.; Strouse, G. F., 2019., Structure–function correlation: Engineering high quantum yields in down-shifting nanophosphors, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 141, 20416-20423.

  3. Hardy, D. A; Tigaa, R. A.; McBride, J.; Strouse, G. F. 2019., Breaking Latva’s Rule by Energy Hopping in a Tb(III): ZnAl2O4 Nanospinel, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 123, 31175-31182.

  4. Tigaa, R. A.; Monteiro, J. H. S. K.; Silva-Hernandez, S.; de Bettencourt-Dias, A., 2017., LnIII-centered emission sensitized through fluorescent carbon dots, Journal of Luminescence, 192, 1273-1277.

  5. Tigaa, R. A.; Xuekelaiti, A.; Fuchs, A.; de Bettencourt-Dias, A., 2017., Sensitization of Ln(III) (Ln= Eu, Tb, Tm) ion luminescence by functionalized polycarbonate-based materials and white light generation, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 5310-5317.

  6. Tigaa, R. A.; Gary, J. L.; de Bettencourt-Dias, A., 2017., ZnS Nanoparticles Sensitize Luminescence of Capping-Ligand-Bound Lanthanide Ions, Inorganic Chemistry, 56, 3260-3268.