The Department of Chemistry at Saint Joseph’s University is a community - of faculty, staff, students and alumni - dedicated to excellence in education in general and excellence in chemical education in particular.

The Department offers not only courses in the traditional major areas of chemistry, but also in interdisciplinary areas, such as biochemistry, biophysical chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, environmental chemistry, environmental geochemistry, and organometallic chemistry. Just as importantly, the department has an active summer research program, in which faculty and undergraduate researchers work together to investigate problems of current interest.

We encourage our students to become involved in faculty-directed independent research projects during both the academic year and the summer. Gifts from our alumni and local industry and research grants to our faculty members from federal agencies and private foundations provide the financial support for this work. Our students regularly publish their results in scientific journals and make presentations at regional and national meetings at which they have been given recognition and won awards.

Our curriculum prepares our graduates to choose a wide range of career paths, and our graduates have pursued graduate study in chemistry or biochemistry; professional degrees in the health sciences; graduate studies in other fields (including business, law, theater, etc.); and direct employment after graduation.


Submissions from 2000

The Structure and Characterization of Zinc Heteroscorpionate Complexes Containing Pentafluorothiophenol, Brian S. Hammes

Idodine-129 from Nuclear Sources in Tree Rings from New York, Usha Rao

Iodine-129 from Nuclear Sources in the Tree-Rings of New York State, Usha Rao

Electronic Absorption, EPR and Resonance Raman Spectroscopy of Coo-A, a Co-Sensing Transcription Factor from R. Rubrum, Reveals a Five-Coordinate NO-Heme, Mark F. Reynolds

Films of Metallopophyrins: Nitric Oxide Sensing Evidence for the Aversion of an Analyte to a Buried Semiconductor-Film Interface, Mark F. Reynolds

Manganese (II) Dependent Extradiol-Cleaving Catechol Dioxygenase, Mark F. Reynolds

Photoluminescent Properties of Cadium Selenide in Contact with Solutions and Films of Metalloporphyrins: Nitric Oxide and Oxygen-Driven Transducers, Mark F. Reynolds

Submissions from 1999

H-bonding Cavities about Metal Ions: Synthesis of a Redox Pair of Co-OH Complexes, Brian S. Hammes

The Synthesis and Characterization of 4, 5, and 6 Coordinate Ni(II) Complexes of the 'Heteroscorpionate' Ligand (3-tert-Butyl-2-hydroxy-5-methylphenyl)bis(3,5-dimethylpyrazolyl)methane, Brian S. Hammes

The Synthesis of Pseudotetrahedral N2O and N2S Zn(II) Complexes of Two Heteroscorpionate Ligand: Models for the Binding Site of Several Zinc Metalloproteins, Brian S. Hammes

The Synthesis of Pseudotetrahedral N2O and N2S Zn(II) complexes of Two Heteroscorpionate Ligands: Models for the Binding Site of Several Zinc Metalloproteins, Brian S. Hammes

The Use of C3-symmetric Tripodal Ligands in Crystal Engineering, Brian S. Hammes

Comparitive Isotopic, Elemental, and Molecular Analyses of the Seasonal Changes in the DOM and POM Reservoirs in an Anthropogenically Influenced Riparian Wetland, Usha Rao

Iodine-129 in the Southern Hemisphere and in Tree Rings, Usha Rao

Sources, Reservoirs, and Transport Pathways of Anthropogenic Iodine-129 in Western New York, Usha Rao

The Dynamics of Carbon and Nitrogen Cycling in a Riparian Wetland as Revealed in the Elemental, Isotopic and Molecular Characterizations of Particulate, Dissolved and Sedimentary Organic Matter, Usha Rao

Indentification of Two Important Heme Site Residues ( Cysteine 75 and Histidine 77) in CooA, the CO-Sensing Transcription Factor Rhodospirillum rubrum, Mark F. Reynolds

Nitric Oxide, Mark F. Reynolds

Spectroscopy of CO-Sensing CooA Reveals a Ligand Displacement for CO Activation, Mark F. Reynolds

Studies on the Mechanisms of Activation of NO-Sensing Soluble Guanylyl Cyclase from Bovine Lung and CO-Sensing CooA from Rhodospirillum Rubrum, Mark F. Reynolds

Molecular Probe Studies of Contaminant Reduction in Anaerobic Sediments, Jean M. Smolen

Molecular Probe Techniques for the Characterization of Reduction Pathways in Complex Environmental Media, Jean M. Smolen

Molecular Probe Techniques for the Identification of Reductants in Sediments: Evidence for Reduction of 2-Chloroacetophenone by Hydride Transfer, Jean M. Smolen

Synthesis and Characterization of Tetrahydrofurfurylcyclopentadienyl Molybdenum Tricarbonyl Dimer: Evidence for 19-Electron Intramolecular 'Solvento' Interactions, Pamela S. Tanner

Submissions from 1998

The Molecular Structure of 1-Substituted Bicyclo[2.2.0]hexanes: A Combined Ab Initio and X-Ray Structural Study, Mark A. Forman

Carbon(3)-symmetric Tripodal Ligands: Controlling the Structure and Function of Metal Complexes by Modifying the Cavity Architecture, Brian S. Hammes

Structure and Physical Properties of Trigonal Monopyramidal Iron(II), Cobalt(II), Nickel(II), and Zinc(II) Complexes, Brian S. Hammes

Synthesis and Structure of Nickel(II) and Copper(II) Complexes of 2,6-Bis[(2-acetylphenyl)carbamoyl]pyridine: Effect of Molecular Structure on Crystal Lattice Architecture, Brian S. Hammes

Estimating the Relative Contributions of Anthropenic Iodine-129 from Different Sources: A Case Study in Western New York, Usha Rao

Potential Use of Tree-Rings to Study the History of Anthropogenic 129 I Releases, Usha Rao

Probing the Dynamics of Carbon and Nitrogen Cycling in an Athropogenically Influenced Riparian Wetland: A Bulk and Molecular Geochemical Approach to the Characterization of POM and DOM Reservoirs, Usha Rao

EPR and Electronic Absorption Spectroscopies of the CO-Sensing CooA Protein Reveal a Cysteine-Ligated Low Spin Ferric Heme, Mark F. Reynolds

Spectroscopic Studies of the Heme Environment in Co-Sensing CooA, Mark F. Reynolds

Metal (Hydr)Oxide Surface-Catalyzed Hydrolysis of Chlorpyrifos-Methyl, Chlorpyrifos-Methyl Oxon, and Paraoxon, Jean M. Smolen

Molecular Probe Techniques for the Identification of Reductants in Sediments: Evidence for the Reduction of 2-Chloroacetophenone by Hydride Transfer, Jean M. Smolen

Organophosphorus Ester Hydrolysis Catalyzed by Dissolved Metals and Metal-Containing Surfaces, Jean M. Smolen

Submissions from 1997

C-Symmetric Chial Amidate Complexes: Effects of Lignd Binding on Cavity Structure, Brian S. Hammes

Sources, Reservoirs and Pathways of Anthropogenic I (129) in Western New York, Usha Rao

The Distribution of Iodine-129 Around West Valley, An Inactive Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Facility in Western New York, Usha Rao

Divalent Metal Ion-Catalyzed Hydrolysis of Phosphorothionate Ester Pesticides and their Corresponding Oxonates, Jean M. Smolen

Molecular Probe Techniques for Reductant Identification in Reducing Sediments, Jean M. Smolen

Cyclopentadienyl Ring Metathesis with Organocalcium and Organopotassium Compounds, Pamela S. Tanner

The Synthesis and Characterization of [Cp3iMo(CO)3]2 (M = Mo and W; Cp3i = Triisopropylcyclopentadienyl Ligand). X-ray Crystal Structure of [Cp3iMo(CO)3]2, Pamela S. Tanner

Submissions from 1996

Macrosopic Lattic Gas Wetting, John G. Berberian

Carbocyclic Cage Compounds: Laboratory Curiosities or More?, Mark A. Forman

Favorskii Reactions of a Bromo Quadricyclanone, Mark A. Forman

Good Vibrations (Vibrational Spectroscopy, Matrix Isolation, Carbon Disulphide Cation, Tropylium Cation), Thomas M. Halasinski

Matrix Isolation and Cold Diffusion of Mass-Selected CS2+ in Neon: Infrared Observation of the Asymmetric Stretch of CS2+ and CS2-, Thomas M. Halasinski

When Mass-Selected Cations are Accumulated in a Growing Inert Gas Matrix, How is Electrical Neutrality Maintained? The Formation, Accumulation and Detection of Counterions, Thomas M. Halasinski

C3-Symmetric Chiral Amidate Complexes: Effects of Ligand Binding on the Cavity Strucutre, Brian S. Hammes

Snythesis and Structure of Helical Supramolecular Arrays, Brian S. Hammes

Triaxane-2-methyl Cation and 2,10-para-[32.56]Octahedranedimethyl Dication, Roger K. Murray

Application of 36CL to te Tracing of Hydrothermal Fluids in the Valles Caldera System, Usha Rao

Application of Anthropogenic 129I as a Tracer of Nuclear Emissions: A Study Around Potential Sources at a Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Plant and Two Nuclear Power Plants in Upstate New York, Usha Rao

Chemical Preparation of Environmental Water and Biological Samples for the Detection of Anthropogenic 129 I by AMS, Usha Rao

Comparison of the Terrestrial and Marine Anthropogenics 129 I Signals, Usha Rao

Sources of Chloride in Hydrothermal FLuids from the Valles Caldera, New Mexico: A 36Cl Study, Usha Rao

The Presence and Penetration Depth of Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Related Iodine-129 in Soils of Western New York, Usha Rao

Nitric Oxide Activation of Soluble Guanylyl Clycase, Mark F. Reynolds

The Influence of Dissolved Metal Ions and Metal-Containing Surfaces on the Hydrolysis of Phosphoro(thio)nate Ester Pesticides, Jean M. Smolen

Direct Electrochemical Investigations of 17-Electron Complexes of CpM(CO)3. (M=Mo, W, and Cr), Pamela S. Tanner

Submissions from 1995

Anthropogenic 129I Distribution and Pathways Through the Environment: A Study in Western New York, Usha Rao

Anthropogenic 129 I in Western New York: Distribution, Sources, and Pathways, Usha Rao

Detection of Iodide in Geologic Samples for Environmental Applications, Usha Rao

Emissions of 129 I in the Western New York: A Study at the West Valley Nuclear Processing Facility, and Ginna and Nine Mile Point Nuclear Power Plants, Usha Rao

Environmental Transport and Biological Uptake History of Anthropogenic 129 I in Western New York: A Study of Tree Rings, Vegetation, Soil and Sediments, Usha Rao

The Trans Influence of NO in Soluble Guanylyl Cyclase: A Mechanism for Activation, Mark F. Reynolds

Submissions from 1994

Static Viscosity of Supercooled 3-Bromopentane in Mixtures with 3-Methylpantane, John G. Berberian

Time Study of the Dielectric Relaxation of Supercooled 3-Bronopentane During Crystallization, John G. Berberian

Synthesis and Reactions of the [n]- Prismanes. Recent Developments, Mark A. Forman

Infrared Detections of Matrix-Isolated, Mass Selected Cations, Thomas M. Halasinski

Datin and Tracing of Crustal Fluids Using 129I and 36Cl: Results From Geothermal Fluids, Oilfield Brines and Formation Waters, Usha Rao

Detection of Iodine in Geologic Samples for Environmental Applications, Usha Rao

The 129I Signal in Western New York: A Study of Sources and Distribution, Usha Rao

U. S. Geological Survey Circular 1107, Usha Rao

Submissions from 1993

Bilinear Analysis in Time Domain Reflections Measurements, John G. Berberian

Time Domain Reflection: Bilinear Corrections and Extending the Range of Analysis Beyond the Quarter and Half Wavelength Conditions, John G. Berberian

Convenient Synthesis of the 1,4-Bishomo-6-secoheptaprismane Ring System, Mark A. Forman

On the Reaction of (Dibromomethyl)lithium with Bicyclic and Tricyclic Ketones, Roger K. Murray

Oxidation of 2,4-Didehydroadamantane, Roger K. Murray

Synthesis of 5,5'-Bi-2-oxaadamantane, Roger K. Murray

Applications of Cosmogenic, Crustal, and Anthropogenic 129 I, Usha Rao

Preparation of Silver Iodide Samples from Geologic Materials for Determination of 129 I/I Ratios by AMS, Usha Rao

Sourcs of Cl in the Valles Cladera Geothermal System, New Mexico: A 36Cl Study, Usha Rao

Synthesis, Structure, and Characterization of Molybdenum (VI) Imido Complexes of the Type (Mo(L)(dtc)3)2(Mo6O19), Mark F. Reynolds

Adsorption of Organic Compounds Possessing Ligand Donor Groups at the Oxide/ Water Interface, Jean M. Smolen

Submissions from 1992

Cell Design for Low Temperature Time Domain Reflectance Measurements, John G. Berberian

Ring Expansions of Simple Cyclic Conjugated Cyclopropyl Ketones by the Nozaki Method Are Not Regiospecific, Roger K. Murray

Submissions from 1991

Dielectric Relaxation of 3-Bromopentane in Mixtures with 3-Methylpentane, John G. Berberian

The Lithium Perchlorate-Diethyl Ether Rate Acceleration of the Diels-Adler Reaction: Lewis Acid Catalysis by Lithium Ion, Mark A. Forman

Pronounced Stereochemical Nonrigidity of Several Five- and Eight- Coordinate Complexes and Microwave Dielectric Relaxation, E. Peter Zurbach

Submissions from 1990

Synthesis of 1,1-Bishomoadamant-3-ene (Tricyclo[,9]dodec-3-ene), Roger K. Murray

Submissions from 1989

Dielectric Relaxation of 3 Bromopentane in Mixtures with 3 Methylpentane, John G. Berberian

Time Domain Reflection Methods for Dielectric Measurements to 10 GHz, John G. Berberian

Submissions from 1987

Isobutane Chemical Ionization Mass Spectra of Unsaturated Alcohols, Roger K. Murray

Submissions from 1986

Approach to Glassy Behavior of Dielectric Relaxation in 3-Bromopentane from 298 to 107 K, John G. Berberian

The Thermal Rearrangement of Endo-7-Methyl-exo-7-vinylbicyclo[3.2.0]Hept-2-ene, Mark A. Forman

Submissions from 1985

The Dielectric Relaxation of 3-Bromomethlypentane, John G. Berberian

Bridgehead Functionalization of [1]Diadamantane, Roger K. Murray

Competitive Bridgehead Substitution in Electrophilic Oxidation Reactions of Protoadamantane. Synthesis of 3-Protoadamantanol. On the Utility of Molecular Mechanics Calculations for Predicting the Bridgehead Reactivity of Hydrocarbons with Electrophiles, Roger K. Murray