Chemistry Department Recent Research Publications

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Professors in the chemistry department and their students have been actively reporting on their research projects in professional journals and at scientific meetings.

The work resulted in five recent peer reviewed publications. Ken Martin, Ph.D., worked with his students on three articles published in the Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research. The articles were entitled: “Perturbation in the Formation of Excimers in Methylnaphthalenes on Al203 (0001)”; “Energy Transfer in Mixed Excimers and Exciplexes on a Dielectric Surface”; and “1-Methylnaphthalene Excimers on a Dielectric Surface.”

Dale Shellhamer, Ph.D., and his team published “Reaction of Chlorosulfonyl Isocyanate With Fluorosubstituted Alkenes: Evidence for a Concerted Pathway” in the Journal of Organic Chemistry and “Reaction of Halogens and Interhalogens With 1,1,2-Trifluorobut 1-En-4-Ol and 3-Butene-1-Ol: A Study on the Rearrangement of Trifluorosubstituted 3-membered Halonium Ions” in Trends in Organic Chemistry.

Vic Heasley, Ph.D., led a research group in publishing “Synthesis of a New Humic Acid Model, 2,4,6,6-Tetrachloro-2- methylcyclohex- 4-ene-1,3-dione and Investigation of its Reactions with Monochloramine in Ether and in Methanol” in Research Journal of Chemistry and Environment. Research presentations were also made at the Western Spectroscopy Association meeting in late January by Martin’s students and at the American Chemical Society meeting in March by Shellhamer’s and Heasley’s students. Shellhamer presented some of his results at the Winter Fluorine Conference in January, and last October, Heasley made a presentation at the Europe-Asia Chemistry Conference.

Working with Martin were students Seth Simonds, Michael Douglas, and Nicole Freyschlag. Shellhamer directed the work of Summer Bunting, Kelli Hickle, Parker Horn, and David Vandenbroek. Jerry Boatz, Ph.D., of the research lab at Edwards Air Force Base is a collaborator with Shellhamer on this project. Dr. Heasley directed the work of Mark Boerneke, Adam Sweeney, and Renae Minnema along with his collaborator David Lingner, Ph.D., visiting professor at PLNU.