Steve Kalman

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Phone: 609.652.4946
Office: USC-316
Website/CV: Kalman Research Group



Dr. Steven Kalman grew up in northern New Jersey. He studied chemistry at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. At Muhlenberg, Dr. Kalman got his first taste of inorganic chemistry while performing undergraduate research on the synthesis, characterization, and application of tungsten complexes of chiral tetraamine ligands. He also had additional opportunities to do undergraduate research in organometallic chemistry at North Carolina State University and the University of Virginia. After graduating with a B.S. in chemistry from Muhlenberg College in 2010, Dr. Kalman pursued a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA where he studied C-H activation and C-C bond forming reactions with iron complexes as well as hydrocarbon functionalization using iodine oxides. After earning his Ph.D. in 2015, Dr. Kalman happily moved back to NJ to join Stockton University as an assistant professor of chemistry. He was promoted with tenure to associate professor of chemistry in 2021. In his spare time, Dr. Kalman enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids.


Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, University of Virginia, 2015
B.S., Chemistry, Muhlenberg College, 2010


Inorganic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, catalysis


CHEM 2110/2115 Chemistry I
CHEM 2120 Chemistry II
CHEM 2140 Chemistriy IV
CHEM 3110 Inorganic Chemistry
GNM 2281 Science of Alternative Energy


Current projects in my lab are focused on the applications of ruthenium complexes featuring primary amido-functionalized N-heterocyclic carbene and imidazole ligands. 



"Effects of Select Metal Oxides on the Onset, Rate and Extent of Low Temperature Ammonium Perchlorate Decomposition" Tolmachoff, E. D.; Baldwin, L. C.; Essel, J. T.; Hedman, T. D.; Kalman, S. E.; Kalman, J. Journal of Energetic Materials 2021, ASAP.

“Nickel Complexes of Primary Amido-Functionalized N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligands: Synthesis, Characterization, and Base-Free Transfer Hydrogenation” Roach, T. V.*; Schmitz, M. L.*; Leach, V. A.*; Miller, M. D.*; Chan. B. C.; Kalman, S. E. Journal of Organometallic Chemistry 2018, 873, 8 – 14.
*Stockton University undergraduate students

“Mechanism of Hydrocarbon Functionalization by an Iodate/Chloride System: The Role of Ester Protection” Schwartz, N. A.; Boaz, N. C.; Kalman, S. E.; Zhuang, T.; Goldberg, J. M.; Fu, R.; Nielson, R. J.; Goddard III, W. A.; Groves, J. T.; Gunnoe, T. B. ACS Catalysis 2018, 8, 3138 – 3149.

“Combined Furan C-H Activation and Furyl Ring-Opening by an Iron(II) Complex” Taylor, K. H.; Kalman, S. E.; Gunnoe, T. B.; Sabat, M. Organometallics 2016, 35, 1978 – 1985.

“Molybdenum Complexes of Chiral C2-symmetric Picchxn-type Ligands: Synthesis, Characterization, and Structural Studies” Bennov, R. R.; Berko, D. A.; Burgess, S. A.; DiMeglio, J. L.; Kalman, S. E.; Ludlum, J. M.; Nash, B. W.; Palomaki, P. K. B.; Perlow, D. B.; Rubin, J. A.; Saunders, J. E.; Scarselletta, S. V.; Kastner, M. E.; Pike, R. D.; Sabat, M.; Keane, J. M. Inorganica Chimica Acta 2015, 438, 64-75.

“Phosphine and N-heterocyclic Carbene Ligands on Pt(II) Shift Selectivity from Ethylene Hydrophenylation toward Benzene Vinylation” Brosnahan, A. M.; Talbot, A.; McKeown, B. A.; Kalman S. E.; Gunnoe, T. B.; Ess, D. H.; Sabat, M. Journal of Organometallic Chemistry 2015, 793, 248-255

“Partial Oxidation of Light Alkanes by Periodate and Chloride” Kalman, S. E.; Munz, D.; Fortman, G. C.; Boaz, N. C.; Gunnoe, T. B.; Groves, J. T. Dalton Transactions 2015, 44, 5294-5298.

“Oxygen Atom Insertion into Iron(II) Phenyl and Methyl Bonds: A Key Step for Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalization” Mei, J.; Pardue, D. B.; Kalman, S. E.; Gunnoe, T. B.; Cundari, T. R.; Sabat, M. Organometallics 2014, 33, 5597-5605.

“The Formation of Hydroxyindenyl and Vinylidene Ligands by Reaction of Internal Alkynes with Cp*Fe(CO)(NCMe)Ph” Kalman, S. E.; Gunnoe, T. B.; Sabat, M. Organometallics 2014, 33, 5457-5463.

“Facile and Regioselective C-H Bond Activation of Aromatic Substrates by an Fe(II) Complex Involving a Spin-Forbidden Pathway” Kalman, S. E.; Petit, A.; Gunnoe, T. B.; Ess, D. H.; Cundari, T. R.; Sabat, M. Organometallics 2013, 32, 1797-1806.