Associate professor of chemistry Elon Ison and his research group work on making greener catalysts.

Elon Ison, Ph.D. (CV)
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry – Dabney Hall
North Carolina State University
Campus Box 8204
Raleigh, NC 27695-8204
(919) 513-4376 (phone)
(919) 515-8909 (fax) (email)


Doctor of Philosophy, Chemistry, August 2004
University of Florida, Gainesville, Fl
Dissertation: Orbital interactions in group 6 imido-diamido complexes
Advisor: James M. Boncella

Post-Doctoral Research Associate,
Purdue University
Advisor: Mahdi Abu-Omar

Research Interests

  • Homogeneous catalysis
  • Kinetics and mechanisms of inorganic reactions
  • Inorganic/organometallic synthesis


Elon is a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago and the United States. He received his B.S. degree (Kean University) in 1999 and conducted undergraduate research in organic synthesis and computational chemistry under the direction of Dr. Dale Vitale. In the fall of 1999, Elon moved to the University of Florida where he began his Ph.D. studies under the mentorship of Dr. James Boncella. He received his Ph.D. in Organometallic Chemistry in 2004, and then moved to West Lafayette Indiana to pursue post-doctoral studies in the labs of Dr. Mahdi Abu-Omar. In the fall of 2006, Elon began his independent research career in the area Catalysis/Organometallic Chemistry at North Carolina State University. He received the ORAU Ralph E Powe Award, in 2009, the NSF CAREER Award in 2010 and was named an Organometallics Fellow in 2012.

He is married to his wife Ana and has two children Mya and Luka.