Alison Gerhard

Chemistry M.S. Candidate

Faculty Advisor

Deborah Bebout

Research Interests

Coordination chemistry of group 12 metals with flexible, multidentate ligands


B.S. summa cum laude, 2014, The College of William and Mary
Major: Neuroscience and Chemistry


Monroe Scholar (W&M)
Dean’s List 2014-2017 (W&M)
Alpha Lambda Delta (W&M)
Phi Eta Sigma (W&M)
Psi Chi (W&M)
American Institute of Chemists award recipient (W&M)

Academic Positions

Undergraduate Research Assistant, W&M, 2016-2018

Publications & Presentations

Hallinger, M. R., Gerhard, A. C, Ritz, M. D., Sacks, J. S., Poutsma, J. C., Pike, R. D., Wojtas, L.; Bebout, D. C. “Metal substitution and solvomorphism in alkylthiolate-bridged Zn3 and HgZn2 metal clusters” ACS Omega, 2017, 2, 6391-6404. DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.7b01087

Gerhard, A., Cleary, W., VanGundy, R., Tice, D., Till, S., Pike, R., and Bebout, D. “Construction of variable dimension CdCl2 complexes from topologically linear pentadentate ligands.” Poster Presented at: The American Society for Chemistry 254th National Meeting, August 21-23 2017.

Gerhard, A., Carra, B., Cleary, W., VanGundy, R., Tice, D., Till, S., Pike, R., and Bebout, D. “Comparison of structure and dimensionality in Hg(II) and Cd(II) chloride complexes with pentadentate ligands.” Talk Presented at: SERMACS, November 8-11, 2017

Education & Career Objectives

After finishing my M.S., I’d like to find an industry position in analytical chemistry or biomedical research