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Reese Clendening

Reese Clendening, PhD

Assistant Professor of Chemistry


Dr. Clendening joined the faculty of Cedarville University in August of 2023. His doctoral research focused primarily on the synthesis and characterization of organometallic iron complexes and was completed under the supervision of Prof. Tong Ren at Purdue University.

Education and Credentials

  • PhD in Chemistry, Purdue University
  • BS in Chemistry, Cedarville University

Scholarly Works

  • Clendening, R. A. “One Macrocyclic Ring to Rule the Iron: Harnessing Macrocyclic Unsaturation to Tune the Properties of Organometallic Complexes.” Doctor of Philosophy Dissertation, Purdue University, 2023.
  • Clendening, R. A.; Delancey, S. S.; Poore, A. T.; Xue, S.; Guo, Y.; Tian, S.; Ren, T. “Enabling Valence Delocalization in Iron(III) Macrocyclic Complexes through Ring Unsaturation,” Inorg. Chem. 2023, 62, 11121-11133.
  • Malme, J.; Clendening, R. A.; Ash, R.; Ren, T.; Vura-Weis, J. “Nanosecond Metal-to-Ligand Charge Transfer within an Fe(II) Chromophore – Lifetime Enhancement through a π-Acidic Tetraaza-macrocycle,” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2023, 145, 6029-6034.
  • DeLancey, S. S.; Clendening, R. A.; Zeller, M.; Ren, T. “Geometric isomers of iron(III) dichloro complexes of CTMC (5,7,12,14-tetramethyl-1,4,8,11-tetraazacyclotetradecane),” Acta Cryst. C, 2022, 78, 507-514.
  • Clendening, R. A.; Zeller, M.; Ren, T. “Bis-Alkynyl Complexes of Fe(III) Tetraaza Macrocycles – A Tale of Two Rings,” Inorg. Chem. 2022, 61, 13442-13452.


  • Spending time with my wife and children, reading (especially Lewis and Tolkien), and playing board games

Why Cedarville?

Cedarville combines a rigorous education with an atmosphere of loving God and neighbor. It is, therefore, both a blessing to be here and an opportunity to serve the Kingdom by supporting the biblical education of my fellow servants of the King (i.e., "students").