Tanya Whitmer

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Tanya Whitmer

Director of Research Support Services | Manager, CBC NMR and EPR Laboratory | Research Scientist, CCIC Solid-state NMR



281 CBEC Building
151 W Woodruff Ave
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Department Administration
  • NMR Laboratory
  • Research Support Services


Tanya grew up with interests in science, math, and music in various small towns around Kansas City. She completed her B.S. in Chemistry from a small, private liberal arts school, Phillips University, in Enid, Oklahoma. She obtained a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio in 2002 working with Dr. Matthew P. Espe.   

After graduate school, she spent three years at Kansas State University serving as Instrumentation Manager of the Department of Chemistry’s shared instrument laboratory – several NMR systems, mass spectrometers (ICR-MS, GC-MS), FTIR, etc. In 2006, Tanya joined Ohio State University as the manager of the Chemistry Department’s NMR facility housing five NMR spectrometers. She has enjoyed the continued expansion of the NMR facilities - especially in high-field solid-state NMR.  

In 2010, she stepped into the role of overseeing the operations of the department’s other shared instrument facilities as Director of Research Support Services. The department’s instruments support the department’s vast research areas via the special expertise of several talented PhD scientists. 

Research Interests: 

Tanya has participated with a number of collaborations with Ohio State research groups, other universities, and industrial customers.  These projects have spanned numerous areas including the structural elucidation of small molecules, diffusion studies, solid-state NMR characterization of materials – zeolites, COFs, and organic polymers. 

Solid-state NMR:

  • Amorphous, organic polymers – characterizing amorphous organic polymers including conducting polymers via relaxation parameters and recoupling methods 
  • Covalent organic frameworks (COF, MOF) – structure determination and packing order 
  • Dynamic Nuclear Polarization – enhancing weak signals at the surface of nanomaterials (functionalized silicas) or within the bulk 
  • Structural elucidation and quality control of food and drug products in the areas of food processing, safety, and shelf life 
  • High-resolution MAS (HRMAS) – a hybrid solid/solution method to characterize polymer gels, hydrogels, insoluble proteins 

Solution state NMR: 

  • Diffusion Spectroscopy – measurements and comparisons of diffusion coefficients to determine molecular size of small molecules, polymers, self-assembled systems 
  • Exchange Spectroscopy paired with variable sample temperature studies to understand and measure the exchange rates of molecular interactions 
  • Structural elucidation of small molecules and organic polymers – end group analysis; side-chain determination 


Chen, D., Zhu, X., Ilavsky, J., Whitmer, T.L., Hatzakis, E., Jones, O., Campanella, O.; Polyphenols weaken pea protein gel by formation of large aggregates with diminished non-covalent interactions, Biomacromolecules, 2021, 22, 1001. DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.0c01753.

Chakraborty, S.; Severence, M.; *Young, T. L.; Dutta, P. K. “Rapid Synthesis Method of Faujasitic Zeolite Frameworks Probed with Eu(III) Fluorescence Spectroscopy” J. Phys. Chem. C., 2015, 119(27), 15491. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b04446.

Zane, A.; McCracken, C.; Knight, D. A.; Young, T. L.; Lutton, A. D.; Olesik, J. W.; Waldman, W. J.; Dutta, P. K. “Uptake of bright fluorophore core-silica shell nanoparticles by biological systems” Int. J. Nanomedicine, 2015, 10, 1547. DOI: 10.2147/IJN.S76208.       

Wang, B.; Stojanovic, S.; Turner, D. A.; Young, T. L.; Hadad, C. H.; Badjic, J. D. “The Entrapment of Chiral Guests with Gated Baskets: Can a Kinetic Discrimination of Enantiomers Be Governed through Gating?” Chem. Eur. J., 2013, 19, 2767. DOI: 10.1002/chem.201204344.

Knachel, H. C.; Benin, V.; Moddenman, W. E.; Birkbeck, J. C.; Kestner, T. A.; Young, T. L. “Characterization by NMR of reactants and products of hydrofluoroether isomers, CF3(CF2)3OCH3 and (CF3)2C(F)CF2OCH3, reacting with isopropyl alcohol.” Magn. Reson. Chem., 2013, 51, 407. DOI:  10.1002/mrc.3964.

Ralston, K. D.; Young, T. L.; Buchheit, R. G., “Electrochemical Evaluation of Constituent Intermetallics in Aluminum Alloy 2024-T3 to Aqueous Vanadate Inhibitors”, J. Electrochem. Soc., 2009, 156, C135.  DOI:  10.1149/1.3076147.

Chisholm, M. H.; Gallucci, J. C.; Yaman, G.; Young, T. L., “On the remarkable structural diversity and kinetic lability of TpC*CaX complexes (X = NSi2Me6, OC6H4-p-Me, TpC*) where TpC* = tris[3-(2-methoxy-1,1-dimethylethyl)pyrazolyl]hydroborate”, Chem. Commun., 2009, 1828. DOI:  10.1039/b818375a.

Ralston, K. D.; Chrisanti, S.; Young, T. L.; Buchheit, R. G., “Corrosion Inhibition of Aluminum Alloy 2024-T3 by Aqueous Vanadium Species”, J. Electrochem. Soc., 2008, 155, C350. DOI:  10.1149/1.2907772.

Iannuzzi, M.; Young, T. L.; Frankel, G. S.; “Aluminum Alloy Corrosion Inhibition by Vanadates”, J. Electrochem. Soc., 2006, 153, B533. DOI:  10.1149/1.2358843.

Gorgritchiani, E.; Niebler, S.; Egner, N.; Wörner, M.; Braun, A. M.; Young, T. L.; Gupta, P.; Shi, A.; Bossman, S. F.; “Synthesis of Organic Thiosulfates Tailored for the Electrochemical Deposition of ‘Self-Assembled Monolayers’ at Gold Surfaces”, Synthesis, 2005, 18, 3051. DOI:  10.1055/s-2005-916026.

Shepard, M. J.; Comer, J. R.; Young, T. L.; McNatt, J. S.; Espe, M. P.; Ramsier, R. D.; Robinson, T.R.; Nelson, L. Y.; Organophosphate Absorption on Metal Oxide Surfaces, Silanes and Other Coupling Agents, 2004, 3, 225.

Young, T. L.; Cross, J.; Espe, M. P.; “Acid Distribution in Phosphonic Acid Doped Polyaniline by Solid-state NMR”, Macromolecules, 2003, 36, 5691. DOI:  10.1021/ma021282l.

McNatt, J. S.; Morgan, J. M.; Farkas, N.; Young, T. L.; Robinson, T. R.; Nelson, L. Y.; Espe, M. P.; Ramsier, R. D.; “Sonication Assisted Growth of Fluorophosphate Films on Alumina Surfaces”, Langmuir, 2003, 19, 1148. DOI:  10.1021/la0265979.

Young, T. L.; Yang, D.; Mattes, B. R.; Espe, M. P.; “Application of Solid-state NMR to Characterize the Interaction of Gel Inhibitors with Emeraldine Base Polyaniline”, Macromolecules, 2002, 35, 5565.  DOI:  10.1021/ma020397m.

Young, T. L.; Yang, D.; Mattes, B. R.; Espe, M. P.; “Solution Processing Influences on Polyaniline Films Characterized by Solid-State NMR”, Polym. Mater. Sci. Eng., 2000, 82, 191.

*Formerly known as Tanya L. Young

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