Abraham Clearfield

Distinguished Professor - Chemistry

Contact Information

Phone: (979) 845-2936

Fax: (979) 845-2370

E-mail: clearfield@chem.tamu.edu

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  • Ph. D., Inorganic Chemistry, Crystallography, Rutgers University
  • M.A., Physical Chem. (Kinetics), Temple University
  • B.A., Chemistry, Temple University

Research Interests

My research interests are very broad but generally devolve about inorganic chemistry and X-ray crystallography. Major research areas in which I am involved are nuclear waste remediation, functionalization of reactive surfaces, nanoparticle design for drug delivery, particularly for breast cancer and phosphates and phosphonates chemistry.


  • 2008 – Present           Distinguished Professor, Texas A&M University
  • 1976 – Present           Professor, Texas A&M University
  • 1986 – 2000                Director, Texas A&M University Materials Science and Engineering Program
  • 1985 – 1991                Associate Dean for Research, College of Science, Texas A&M University
  • 1982 – 1986                Director, Industry-University Cooperative Chemistry Program
  • 1980 - 1984 & 1994 – 1998    Chairman, Inorganic Division, Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University
  • 1974 – 1975                Associate Program Director for Thermodynamics - National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C.
  • 1963 – 1966                Ohio University Department of Chemistry, Assistant Professor
  • 1954 – 1963                National Lead Co., TAM Division, Niagara Falls, New York; Assistant Chemist to Senior Scientist
  • 1953 – 1954                Research Chemist, GS-11, U.S. Army Quartermaster Corp., Natick, Mass.


  • Xiaoa, Huaping; Dai, Wei; Kanb, Yuwei; Clearfield, Abraham; Liang, Hong.  Amine-intercalated α-zirconium phosphates as lubricant additives, Applied Surface Science, (2015), 329, 384–389.
  • Kinnibrugh, Tiffany L.; Bakhmutov, Vladimir I.; Clearfield, Abraham.  Reversible Dehydration Behavior Reveals Coordinatively Unsaturated Metal Sites in Microporous Aluminum Phosphonates, Cryst. Growth Des., (2014), 14, 4976−4984. 
  • Ortiz, Aurélie U.; Boutin, Anne; Gagnon, Kevin J.; Clearfield, Abraham; Coudert, François-Xavier. Remarkable Pressure Responses of Metal-Organic Frameworks:  Proton Transfer and Linker Coiling in Zinc Alkyl Gates.  J. Am. Chem. Soc., (2014), 136, 11540−11545. 
  • Silbernagel, Rita; Díaz, Agustín; Steffensmeier, Eric; Clearfield, Abraham; Blümel, Janet. Wilkinson-type Hydrogenation Catalysts Immobilized on Zirconium Phosphate Nanoplatelets.  J. of Mol. Catal.A: Chemical 394 (2014) 217-223. 
  • Mosby,B.M.; Díaz, A.; Clearfield, A. Surface Modification of Layered Zirconium Phosphates: A Novel Pathway to Multifunctional Materials. Dalton Trans., (2014), 43(27), 10328-39. 
  • Mosby,B.M.; Goloby, M.; Díaz, A.; Bakhmutov, V.I.; Clearfield, A. Designable Architectures on Nanoparticle Surfaces: Zirconium Phosphate Nanoplatelets as a Platform for Tetravalent Metal and Phosphonic Acid Assemblies. Langmuir, (2014), 30 (9), 2513-2521. 
  • Gagnon, Kevin J.; Teat, Simon J.; Beal, Zachary J.; Embry, Alyssa M.; Strayer, Megan E.; Clearfield, Abraham. Isoreticular Investigation into the Formation of Four New Zinc Alkylbisphosphonate Families. Cryst. Growth Des., (2014), 14, 3612−3622.
  • Gagnon, K. J.; Beavers, C. M.; Clearfield, A. MOFs Under Pressure:  The Reversible Compression of a Single Crystal.  JACS, (2013), 135, 1252-1255.
  • Diaz, Agustin; Gonzalez, Millie L.; Perez, Riviam J.; David, Amanda; Mukherjee, Atashi; Baez, Adriana; Clearfield, Abraham; Colon, Jorge L. Direct intercalation of cisplatin into zirconium phosphate nanoplatelets for potential cancer nanotherapy. Nanoscale, (2013), 5, 11456-11463.
  • Tailored Organic-Inrganic Materials, E. Brunet, J. L. Colὁn, A. Clearfield, Eds., Wiley, Hoboken, N. J. 2015.