Research Interests

Harry Gafney’s research expertise includes: photochemistry of inorganic complexes in homogeneous solution and adsorbed onto nanoporous, transparent, silica matrices, photoinduced electron transfer, excited-state acid-base chemistry, self-assembly in solution, assembly of multi-component sites in nanoporous silicas, synthesis and characterization of sol-gel derived glasses, photodeposition of integrated optics, metal oxide synthesis in nanoporous silica matrices, optical and magnetic properties of metal and metal oxide aggregates in glass.



  • H. D. Gafney, D.Sunil, P.S. Devi, J. Dong, A.W. McQuade, and E.A. Mendoza, Integrated Optics: A New Focus for Inorganic Chemistry, Comments on Inorg. Chem, 2003, 24(3-4), 69-136
  • H.D. Gafney, J.L. Zambrana, E.X. Ferloni, and J.C. Colis, Multiple Charge Transfer Emissions From Different Metal-Ligand Pairs in Ruthenium Diimines, Inorg. Chem., 2008, 47(1), 2-4
  • H.D. Gafney, D. Sunil, and J. Dong, Influence of Amorphous Silica Matrices on the Formation, Structure and Chemistry of Iron and Iron Oxide Nanoparticles, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131, 14768-14777
  • H.D. Gafney, P. Jagassar, A. Perri, and G. Ibarrola, Ligand Initiated Self-Assembly of Pt and Ir Nanoparticles about Ru(II) Diimines in Room Temperature Fluid Solution, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2013, 177(94), 1925-1934
  • H.D. Gafney and E.C. Look, Photocatalyzed Conversion of CO2to CH4: An Excited State Acid-Base Mechanism, J. Phys. Chem. A., 2013, 117(47), 12268-12279


Job History

  • 1981 - Current : Professor of Chemistry, Queens College
  • 2006 - 2008 : Director, CUNY Center of Advanced Techology
  • 1997 - 1998 : Program Officer, NSF
  • 1994 - 1997 : Department of Chemistry Chair, Queens College
  • 1980 - Current : Consultant, Corning, Dow Chemical, American Cyanamid, Fiber Optics Fabrication