Allen J. Pistner

Assistant Professor of Chemistry


  • B.S., University of Pittsburgh
  • Ph.D., University of Delaware


Allen Pistner joined Ohio Wesleyan University in 2016 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Penn State University. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and was awarded a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry under the direction of Dr. Joel Rosenthal at the University of Delaware. He teaches General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Inorganic Chemistry.

During his time as a graduate student, Pistner worked on the synthesis and development of porphyrinoid ligand scaffolds for the potential use in light harvesting applications. As a postdoctoral fellow under the direction of Dr. Alexander Radosevich, he studied the redox reactivity of phosphorus complexes. His current research interests are in the development of new redox active ligand scaffolds for use in small molecule activation.

Areas of Interest/Expertise

  • General Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Organometallics


  • Andrea Potocny, Allen J. Pistner, Glenn P. A. Yap, and Joel Rosenthal “Electrochemical, Spectroscopic and 1O2 Sensitization Characteristics of Synthetically Accessible Linear Tetrapyrrole Complexes of Palladium and Platinum” Inorg. Chem. 2017, 56, 12703-12711. (DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b00796)
  • Allen J. Pistner, Hye Won Moon, Alexey Silakov, Hemant P. Yennawar, and Alexander T. Radosevich “A Stable Open-Shell Phosphorane based on a Redox Active Amidodiphenoxide Scaffold” Inorg. Chem. 2017, 56, 8661-8668. (DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b00657)
  • Jesus Salvador Nieto-Pescador, Baxter Abraham, Allen J. Pistner, Joel Rosenthal and Lars Gundlach “Electronic state dependence of heterogeneous electron transfer: Injection from the S1 and S2 state of phlorin into TiO2” Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys, 2015, 17, 7914-7923. (DOI:10.1039/C5CP00296F)
  • Allen J. Pistner, Rachel C. Pupillo, Glenn P. A. Yap, Daniel A. Lutterman, Ying-Zhong Ma, Joel Rosenthal “Electrochemical, Spectroscopic and 1O2 Sensitization Characteristics of 10,10-Dimethylbiladiene Complexes of Zinc and Copper” J. Phys. Chem. A. 2014, 118, 10639-10648. (DOI: 10.1021/jp506412r)
  • Justin J. Teesdale, Allen J. Pistner, Glenn P. A. Yap, Ying-Zhong Ma, Daniel A. Lutterman, Joel Rosenthal “Reduction of CO2 using a Rhenium Bipyridine Complex Containing Ancillary BODIPY Moieties” Catalysis Today 2014, 225, 149-157. (DOI:10.1016/j.cattod.2013.10.091)
  • Allen J. Pistner, Daniel A. Lutterman, Michael J. Ghidiu, Eric Walker, Glenn P. A. Yap, and Joel Rosenthal “Tuning the Redox and Photophysical Properties of an Electron Deficient Phlorin via Supramolecular Association with Carboxylate Anions” J. Phys. Chem. C. 2013, 118, 14124-14132. (DOI:10.1021/jp5016824)
  • Michael J. Ghidiu, Allen J. Pistner, Glenn P. A. Yap, Daniel A. Lutterman, and Joel Rosenthal “Thermal Versus Photochemical Reductive Elimination of Arylchlorides from NHC-Gold Complexes” Organometallics 2013, 32, 5026-5029. (DOI:10.1021/om400701f)
  • Gabriel A. Andrade, Allen J. Pistner, Glenn P. A. Yap, Daniel A. Lutterman and Joel Rosenthal “Photocatalytic Conversion of Carbon Dioxide to CO using Bipyridine Platforms Containing Ancillary Phenyl or BODIPY Moieties” ACS Catalysis 2013, 3, 1685-1692. (DOI:10.1021/cs400332y)
  • Allen J. Pistner, Daniel A. Lutterman, Michael J. Ghidiu, Ying-Zhong Ma and Joel Rosenthal “Synthesis, Electrochemistry and Photophysics of a Family of Phlorin Macrocycles that Display Cooperative Fluoride Binding” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 6601-6607. (DOI:10.1021/ja401391z)
  • Alexander B. Nepomnyashchii, Allen J. Pistner, Allen J. Bard and Joel Rosenthal "Synthesis, Photophysics, Electrochemistry and Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence of PEG-Modified BODIPY dyes in Organic and Aqueous Solutions" J. Phys. Chem. C 2013, 117, 5599-5609. (DOI:10.1021/jp312166w)
  • Allen J. Pistner, Glenn P. A. Yap and Joel Rosenthal “A Tetrapyrrole Macrocycle Displaying a Multielectron Redox Chemistry and Tunable Absorbance Profile” J. Phys. Chem. C 2012, 116, 16918–16924. (DOI:10.1021/JP3059382)

Contact Info


Schimmel/Conrades Science Center #360
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3519