Michael Prushan, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Holroyd Hall 331

Michael Prushan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at La Salle University.  Dr. Prushan received his Ph.D. with Anthony Addison at Drexel University in Inorganic Chemistry in 2001.  After teaching at Rowan University for one year as a sabbatical replacement, Dr. Prushan returned to his alma mater, La Salle, as an Assistant Professor in 2002. In 2009 he was named the first Frank P. Palopoli Endowed Professorship, in recognition of his work with undergraduate research.

His research interests involve synthetic inorganic chemistry, with particular focus on the role of nickel in redox enzymes, molecular-based magnetism, and molecular self-assembly.  Dr. Prushan has authored over 80 papers and presentations in these areas, many with his undergraduate research students. In his time at La Salle, he has mentored over 30 researchers. Dr. Prushan is passionate about exposing students to an undergraduate research experience, believing that through such exposure, real learning takes place—and it is during this experience that a student becomes a scientist.

Areas of Expertise

  • bioinorganic chemistry
  • synthetic inorganic chemistry
  • molecular magnetism
  • computational chemistry


  • Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, 2001, Drexel University
  • M.S., Chemistry, 1998, Drexel University
  • B.A., Chemistry and Biochemistry, 1996, La Salle University


  • General Chemistry II
  • Quantitative Chemical Analysis
  • Instrumental Analysis
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • Molecules Changing History (Honors course)


Dr. Prushan’s research interests involve the synthesis of inorganic complexes with oxime based ligand systems with nickel(II) to yield molecules, which help us better understand the role of metals in biology, molecular magnetism, and molecular self-assembly.

Publications and Presentations

“A tetranuclear copper(II) complex with bis(o-aminobenzaldehyde)thiocarbohydrazone” Dragancea, D.;  Addison, A. W.;  Zeller, M.; Foster, M. E. ; Prushan, M. J. ;  Thompson, L. K.; Revenco, M. D. ; Hunter, A.  Inorganica Chimica Acta, 363, 2065 (2010).

“Spin equilibrium effects of nickel(II)3-(N,N-alkyl)-2-propanone oximes complexes,” Bezpalko, M.;  Prushan, M. J.;  Zeller, M.; Hunter, A. D. Abstracts of the 239th ACS National Meeting & Exposition March 21-25, 2010, San Francisco, California.

“Mimicking the electron transport chain: Reactions between cytochrome c and blue-copper model complexes,” Zdradzinski, M. ; Prushan, M. J. Abstracts of the 239th ACS National Meeting & Exposition March 21-25, 2010, San Francisco, California.

“Synthesis, Characterization and Reactivity of a Trinuclear Copper(II) Thiocyanurate Complex: A Spin-Frustrated Molecular Propeller,” Prushan, M. J.; Privette, N. K. ; Zeller, M ; Hunter, A.; Lofland, S.; Prive, S. Inorganic Chemistry Communications,10, (2007).

“A Nickel(II) di -m2 -Phenolato Bridged Dinuclear Complex: Weak Antiferromagnetic Interactions in Nickel(II) Dimers,” Prushan, M. J.; Tomezsko, D. M.; Lofland, S.; Zeller, M.; Hunter, A. D., Inorganica Chimica Acta, 360, 2245 (2007).