Senior Chemist, Ames Laboratory

Professor, Department of Chemistry

Distinguished Professor of Sciences and Humanities

Iowa State University

Ames, IA 50011

phone 515-294-3086



1948                B.S., University of Washington

1952                Ph.D., University of Washington

1952-present   Iowa State University

1968-73           Chemistry Division Chief, Ames Laboratory and Chairman, Department of Chemistry

1974-78           Program Director for Materials Chemistry

1979, 1986      Visiting Scientist, Max-Planck-Institute für Festkörperforschung, Stuttgart

1979                Oxford University

1986                J. Liebig University, Giessen

1985                A. v. Humboldt Senior Award

1986                American Chemical Society Award in Inorganic Chemistry

1987                DOE Awards in Materials Chemistry: Outstanding Scientific Accomplishments

1995                Sustained Outstanding Research,

1992                National Academy of Sciences

2000                ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry



National Academy Sciences

Fellow, AAAS

Two American Chemical Society National Awards in Inorganic Chemistry

John C. Bailar Jr. Medal in Inorganic Chemistry

Midwest and Iowa (ACS) Awards

Two DOE Awards in Materials Chemistry

A.v. Humboldt Sr. Scientist Award.



Chemistry of intermetallic systems: systematics and new chemistry afforded by interstitial atoms; polar systems, homoatomic clusters, Zintl phases; hydride errors in intermetallic phases.



“Zintl Phases Among the Earlier Post-Transition Elements and Some of their Properties, Bonding Features, and Complications,” J.D. Corbett, Symposium on Intermetallic and Zintl Phases, New York National ACS meeting, Sept. 2003.

“Some Problems with Closed Shell Expectations in Zintl Phase Compounds of the Post-Transition Elements,” J.D. Corbett, Symposium on Contemporary Aspects of Chemical Bonding, New York National ACS Meeting, Sept. 2003.

“The Role of Hydrogen in Stabilizing New Phases or Altering Old Ones”J.D. Corbett

      Plenary Lecture, International Symposium of Metal Hydrides, Annecy France, Sept. 2002.



"Synthesis and Structure of the Metallic K6Tl17 –A Layered Tetrahedral Star Structure Related to That of Cr3Si," S. Kaskel, Z.C. Dong, M.T. Klem, and J.D. Corbett, Inorg. Chem. 42, 1835-1841 (2003).

"Synthesis, Structure and Properties of the New Intermetallic Compounds SrPdTl2 and SrPtTl2," S.F. Liu and J.D. Corbett, Inorg. Chem. 42, 4898-4901 (2003).

“Synthesis and Characterization of the New Cluster Phase K39In80.  Three K–In Compounds with Remarkably Specific and Transferable Cation Dispositions,” B. Li and J.D. Corbett, Inorg. Chem. 42, 8768–8772 (2003).

"The Role of Hydrogen in Stabilizing New Hydride Phases or Altering Old Ones," J.D. Corbett, E.A. Leon-Escamilla, , J. Alloys Compd. 356, 59–64 (2003).

“Nine Hexagonal Ca5Pb3Z Phases in Stuffed Mn5Si3-Type Structures with Transition Metal Interstitial Atoms Z. Problems with Classical Valence States  in Possible Zintl Phases,” A.M. Guloy, A.V. Mudring, and J.D. Corbett, Inorg. Chem. 42, 6673–6681 (2003).

"Valence Compounds vs Metals.  Synthesis, Characterization, and Electronic Structures of Some Cubic Ae4Pn3 Phases in the Systems Ae = Ca, Sr, Ba, Eu; Pn = As, Sb, Bi",B. Li, A.-V. Mudring, and J. D. Corbett, Inorg. Chem. 42, 6940–6945 (2003).

"Na6TlSb4: Synthesis, Structure, and Bonding.  An Electron-Rich Salt with a Chain Conformation and Tl–Tl Bond Length Determined by the Cation," B. Li, L. Chi and J. D. Corbett, Inorg. Chem. 42, 3036–3042 (2003).

"Synthesis, Structure, and Bonding of BaTl3: An Unusual Competition Between Cluster and Classical Bonding in the Thallium Layers," D.-K. Seo and J. D. Corbett, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 124, 415 (2002). 

"Synthesis, Structures and Properties of CaGa, YGa and Y(Ga,Z) Phases: A Model for the Transformation of a CrB to a MoB-Type Structure in Doped YGa Phases," J.-T. Zhao, D.-K Seo, and J. D. Corbett, J. Alloys Compd., 334, 110 (2002).

"A Novel Oxidation of RbGa3 Through Substitution of Gold for Gallium.  A Reapportionment of the Dodecahedral Clusters,"R. W. Henning and J. D. Corbett, J. Alloy Compd., 338, 4 (2002).

"Polyatomic Clusters of the Triel Elements.  Palladium-Centered Clusters of Thallium in A8Tl11Pd, A= Cs, Rb, K,"  S. Kaskel, M. T. Klem, and J. D. Corbett, Inorg. Chem., 41, 3457 (2002).

“KNa3In9: A Zintl Network Phase with Layered Interconnected Indium Icosahedra and Zigzag Chains.  Structure and Bonding," B. Li and J. D. Corbett, Inorg. Chem., 41, 3944 (2002).

"Na30.5Ga60–xAgx:  A Three-Dimensional Network Composed of Ga3, Ga12, and Ga18 Clusters," R. W. Henning and J. D. Corbett, Z. Anorg. Allg. Chem., 628, 3715–3723 (2002).

"The Metallic Behavior of Electron Precise Zintl Compounds: A Theoretical Investigation of the Electronic Structure of Ca5Ge3," A.-V. Mudring and J. D. Corbett, Z. Anorg. Allg. Chem., 628, 2226 (2002).

"Zintl Chemistry of the Heavy Tetrel Elements," M. T. Klem, Ph.D. Dissertation, Iowa State University, 2002.

"Unusual Electronic and Bonding Properties of the Zintl Phase Ca5Ge3 and Related Compounds.  A Theoretical Analysis," A.-V. Mudring and J.D. Corbett, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 126, in press (2004)..

Praseodymium Diiodide, PrI2, Revisited by Synthesis, Structure Determination, and Theory,”N. Gerlitzki, Gerd Meyer, Anja-Verena Mudring, John Corbett, “J. Alloys Compd., in press.          

“Ba2AuTl7:  An Intermetallic Compound with a Novel Condensed Structure,” S.-F. Liu and John D. Corbett, Inorg. Chem., submitted. 

“Synthesis, Structure, and Bonding of Open-Shell Sr3In5: An Unusual Electron Deficiency in an Indium Network, Beyond the Zintl Boundary,” D.-K. Seo and J. D. Corbett, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 123, 4512-4518 (2001).

"A3Tt5 Phases Sr3Sn5, Ba3Pb5, La3Sn5.  Structure and Bonding in a Series of Isotypic Metallic Compounds with Increased Electron Count And Their Comparison with the Nominal Zintl Phase La3In5",Michael T. Klem, J. T. Vaughey, Jason G. Harp and John D. Corbett, Inorg. Chem. 40, 7020–7026 (2001).

“Hydrogen Impurity Effects A5Tt3Z Intermetallic Compounds between A=Ca, Sr, Ba, Eu, Yb and Tt=Sn, Pb and Cr5B3-like Structures that are Stabilized by Hydride or Fluoride (Z),”D.-K. Seo and J. D. Corbett, “Aromatic Metal Clusters,” Science 291, 841-842 (2001).

"Aromatic Mercury Clusters in Ancient Amalgams", Aleksey E. Kuznetsov, John D. Corbett, Lai-Sheng Wang and Alexander I. Boldyrev, Angew. Chem. 40, 3369–3372 (2001).

"K2SrIn7: An  Electron-Deficient Indium Network Structure Determined by Cation Accommodation.  Synthesis, Structure and Bonding" Lisheng Chi and John D. Corbett, Inorg. Chem. 40, 3596–3600 (2001). 

“Synthesis and Structure of Cs5Cd2Tl11: Naked Pentagonal Antiprismatic Columns Centered by Cadmium,” S. Kaskel and J. D. Corbett, Inorg. Chem. 39, 3086-3091 (2000).

“Polyanionic Clusters and Networks of the Early p-Element Metals in the Solid State Beyond the Zintl Boundary,” J. D. Corbett, Angew. Chem. Intl. Ed. 39, 670-690 (2000).

"Exploratory Synthesis in the Solid State.  Endless Wonders" J. D. Corbett, (ACS Award Address) Inorg. Chem. 39, 5178–5191 (2000).