Donna Mcgregor, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor, Lehman College
  • Affiliate Faculty, Nanoscience Initiative


Lehman College (Profile)

Research Interests

Donna is an analytically trained inorganic chemist who earned her PhD., in Analytical Chemistry from The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her PhD thesis focused specifically on understanding the speciation and oxidation state stabilization of technetium-99 (Tc-99) using polyoxometalates as metal oxide mimics. Her primary research interests today are in the fields of Chemical Education Pedagogy, the continued understanding of Tc-99 coordination chemistry and the use of short peptide building blocks for the intelligent design of more complex metal-chelating systems and nanostructures with proton transfer capabilities. Donna is an expert in chemical pedagogy and has recruited and trained upwards of 20 students (undergraduate and graduate) in her academic career, many of whom have worked with polyoxometalates and in conjunction with Hunter College, been trained to work with Tc-99.

Job History

  • 2015 – Current: Assistant Professor, Lehman College, CUNY


G. López-Morales, S. Kugelmas, A. Cruz, M. Webster, D. McGregor, I. Kretzschmar, and G.E. López, Exploring the correlation between stability, fluxionality, and absorption spectra of ultra-small Cd-Se clusters: A computational study, J. Phys. Chem. C., 2020, 124, 23, 12672–12681.

I.R. Jovanovic, C.M.B. Gallagher, R. Salcedo, W.W. Lukens Jr., B.P. Burton-Pye, D. McGregor, and L.C. Francesconi, Strategies for the photoreduction of Tc-99 pertechnetate to low valent Tc by Keggin polyoxometalates, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2020, 22, 2133-2142.

S. Pollozi, I. Hadad, A. Tyagi, P. Mills, and D. McGregor, Using Clickers in a modified form of Peer instruction in General Chemistry: A taxonomy and teaching methodology, Active Learning in General Chemistry: Whole-Class Solutions, 2019, 3, 35-53.

B.P. Burton‐Pye, M. Dembowski, W.W. Lukens, A. Cruz, A. Althour, G.E. Lopez, R. Salcedo, C.M.B. Gallagher, D. McGregor, and L.C. Francesconi, Synthesis and Characterization of Non‐Aqueous [TcXM‐PW11O39]n– with M = O, N: Comparing TcV and TcVI in Metal Oxide Matrices, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2019, 45, 4826-4834.

H. Frank, W. Joseph, D. McGregor, and G.E. López, The electronic structures of Nickel-Palladium alloy clusters: A density functional theory study, Chem. Letters., 2018, 47, 4, 458-460.

M.A. Deri, P. Mills, and D. McGregor, Flipping the Classroom to Level the Playing Field: Enhancing Student Performance in General Chemistry, Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018.

M.A. Deri, P. Mills, and D. McGregor, Using Technology To Flip and Structure General Chemistry Courses at a Large Public University: Our Approach, Experience, and Outcomes, in Teaching and the Internet: The Application of Web Apps, Networking, and Online Tech for Chemistry Education; ACS Symposium Series, 2017, 1270, 5, 75-97.

B. Nguyen, A. Cruz, D. McGregor, and G.E. Lopez, Stability of Molecular Hydrogen: A Path Integral Monte Carlo Study, Physics Letters A, 2017, 381, 4, 298-300.