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.

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Submissions from 1985

Copper(I)-Induced Reactions of the Adducts Formed from Cyclopropyl Ketones and [Tris(methylthio)methyl]lithium, Roger K. Murray

Synthesis of 4,5,9,10-Tetradehydroadamantan-2-one, Roger K. Murray

Contributions from Microwave Absorption to the Abnormally Large Differences Between the Radio-Frequency and Visible-Frequency Polarizations of Several Metal Trisacetylacetonates, E. Peter Zurbach

Submissions from 1984

Bridgehead Functionalization of [2]Diadamantane. Aspects of the Chemistry of 2- and 4-Monosubstituted [2]Diadamantanes, Roger K. Murray

Competitive Bridgehead Substitution in Electrophilic Oxidation Reactions of Ethanoadamantane, Roger K. Murray

Submissions from 1983

The Dipole Moments of Some Chloro-and Bromopentanes, John G. Berberian

The Steady-State Shear Viscosity of Some Chloropentanes, John G. Berberian

Competitive and Regiospecific Bridgehead Substitution in Electrophilic Oxidation Reactions of Homoadamantane, Roger K. Murray

The Fate of 2-Homoadamantyl Carbene, Roger K. Murray

The Dielectric Properties of Cyclodextrins in Aqueous Solutions, E. Peter Zurbach

Submissions from 1982

The Steady-State Shear Viscosity of Some Bromopentanes, John G. Berberian

Reactivity of Geometrically Constrained Cyclopropylcarbinyl and Homoallyl Substrates. Solvolysis of 2,4-Dehydro-5-homoadamantyl and 2-Homoadamant-4-enyl Derivatives, Roger K. Murray

Submissions from 1980

A Method for Measuring Small Rotational Velocities for a Couette-Type Vicometer, John G. Berberian

Nonlinear AC and DC Polarization of Platinum Electrodes, John G. Berberian

On the Structure of Cyclopropylcarbinyl and Cyclobutyl Cations. The 2,8-Dimethyl-8,9-Dehydro-2-adamantyl and 4-Phenyl-2,5-dehydro-4-protoadamantyl Cations, Roger K. Murray

Stereochemical Effects in the Mass Spectra of 2-Hydroxy-, 5-Hydroxy-, and 2,5-Dihydroxyprotoadamantanes, Roger K. Murray

The Photochemistry of α'-Substituted β,γ-Cyclopropyl Cyclic Ketones. Influence of Geometric Constraints and Substituent Effects on Competitive Norrish Type I Photoreactions, Roger K. Murray

Submissions from 1979

Synthesis and Chemistry of 2,11-Dehydro-5-homoadamantanone, Roger K. Murray

Submissions from 1978

Hemispherical Dielectric Permittivity Cell, John G. Berberian

On the Structure of Cyclopropylcarbinyl and Cyclobutyl Cations: 8,9-Dehydro-2-adamantyl and 2,5-Dehydro-4-protoadamantyl Cations, Roger K. Murray

Synthesis of 1-Substituted Tricyclo-[3.3.1.02,7]nonanes, Roger K. Murray

Synthesis of 2-Substituted 4-Oxahomoadamantanes, Roger K. Murray

Interpretation of the Microwave Dielectric Relaxation of Iron Pentacarbonyl in Terms of the Molecule's Fluxional Nature, E. Peter Zurbach

Submissions from 1977

Modification of a Commercial Admittance Bridge to Measure Large Conductances, John G. Berberian

On the Photochemistry of 1-Oxaspiro[2.n]alkan-5-ones, Roger K. Murray

Phase Separation in Phosphatidylcholine Bilayers as a Predictor of Inhibition of Blood Platelet Aggregation by Amantadines, Roger K. Murray

Pyrolysis of the Lithium Salts of the p-Toluenesulfonylhydrazones of 8,9-Dehydro-2-adamantanone and 2,4-Dehydro-5-homoadamantanone, Roger K. Murray

Synthesis and Chemistry of 2,5-Dehydro-4-protoadamantanone, Roger K. Murray

Synthesis and X-Ray Crystal Structure of 1,3,3,4,5,6-Hexamethyl-7-thiabicyclo[2.2.1]-hept-5-en-2-one 7-anti-Oxide, Roger K. Murray

Submissions from 1976

Construction of an Inexpensive Platinum Electrode, John G. Berberian

Phase Transition in a Lipid Bilayer. II. Influence of Adamantane Derivatives, Roger K. Murray

Stable Carbocations. 184. 2,4-Dehydro-5-homoadamantyl Cations, Roger K. Murray

Synthesis of 1,3-Bishomoadamantane, Roger K. Murray

Acute Effects of Parathyroid Hormone on Proximal Bicarbonate Transport in the Dog, E. Peter Zurbach

Conformational Analysis of Triarylsilanes, E. Peter Zurbach

Submissions from 1975

A Method for Measuring Very Small Conductances, John G. Berberian

Studies in Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry: Secondary Alcohols with Isobutane, Roger K. Murray

Synthesis and Chemistry of 2,4-Dehydro-5-homoadamantanone, Roger K. Murray

Synthesis of 2-Substituted 8,9-Dehydroadamantanes, Roger K. Murray

Synthesis of 9,10-Dehydrohomoadamantane, Roger K. Murray

Synthesis of the 2,5-Protoadamantanediols, Roger K. Murray

The Photochemistry of β,γ-Epoxy Cyclic Ketones, Roger K. Murray

Submissions from 1974

Consumer Reports, John G. Berberian

Common Electron Impact Fragmentations of 2-Methoxy-8,9-dehydroadamantane and 2-exo-Methoxyprotoadamantene, Roger K. Murray

Methanolic Sodium Borohydride Reduction with Hydrochloric Acid Work-up of 8,9-Dehydro-2-adamantanone: A Correction, Roger K. Murray

Stable Carbocations. CLXXV. 8,9-Dehydro-2-adamantyl Cations, Roger K. Murray

Studies in Mass Spectrometry: A Comparison of the Electron Impact and Chemical Ionization Fragmentations of 8,9-Dehydro-2-adamantanol and 2-exo-Protoadamantenol, Roger K. Murray

Synthesis of 8,9-Dehydro-2-adamantanone by the Oxa-di-π-methane Photorearrangement of 2-Protoadamantenone, Roger K. Murray

Re-evaluation of Microelectrode Methodology for the in vitro Determination of the pH and Bicarbonate Concentration, E. Peter Zurbach

Submissions from 1973

On the Photodecarbonylation of β,γ-Epoxy Ketones, Roger K. Murray

Photochemistry of β,γ-Epoxy Ketones: Photoisomerization of 2,2,4,4-Tetramethyl-7-oxabicyclo[4.1.0]heptan-3-one, Roger K. Murray

Synthesis of 2,5-Disubstituted Protoadamantanes. Silver Ion-Assisted Acetolysis of 2-exo-Bromo-5-protoadamantanone, Roger K. Murray

Wolff-Kishner Reduction of 8,9-Dehydro-2-adamantanone, Roger K. Murray

Submissions from 1972

The Dielectric Relaxation of Non-Deuterated and Deuterated Acetic Acid in Benzene Solution, E. Peter Zurbach

The Dielectric Relaxation of Non-Deutrated and Deuterated Acetic Acid in Benzene Solution, E. Peter Zurbach

Submissions from 1971

An Experiment on Dipole Moments and Polarizabilities of Gas Molecule, John G. Berberian

Viscoelastic Properties of Liquid Crystalline Biological Material in the Vicinity of Isotrophic-Cholesteric Phase Transition, John G. Berberian

Retention Stereochemistry in a Grignard Displacement Reaction at Chiral Phosphorus. The Absolute Configuration of Menthyl S-Methyl Phenylphosphonothioate, Roger K. Murray

Stereospecific Free-Radical Addition of Menthyl Phenylphosphinate to Cyclohexene: Evidence for Retention of Configuration at Phosphorus, Roger K. Murray

The Absolute Configuration of Menthyl Methylphosphinate: A Reassignment and Its Stereochemical Consequences, Roger K. Murray

Submissions from 1970

Lithium Aluminum Hydride Induced Stereomutation of Secondary Phosphine Oxides, Roger K. Murray

On the Mechanism of the Photoisomerization of 1(2H)-Naphthalenones, Roger K. Murray

Stereospecific Alkylation of Menthyl Phenylphosphinate, Roger K. Murray

Submissions from 1969

Low Frequency Bridge for Guarded Three-Terminal and Four-Terminal Measurements of Admittance, John G. Berberian

An Unusual Substituent Effect in the Photorearrangement of Benzobicyclo[2.2.2]octadienols, Roger K. Murray

Direct and Sensitized Photoisomerizations of a Diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octenone, Roger K. Murray

Part I: The Photorearrangement of Bicyclop(2.2.2)octadienones and Related Alcohols. Part II: The Photoisomerization of 1(2h)-Naphthaolenones, Roger K. Murray

Reaction of Azodicarboxylates with 2,4-Cyclohexadienones: 1,4-Cycloaddition and 'Ene' Reactions, Roger K. Murray

The Photosensitized Rearrangement of Benzobicyclo[2.2.2]octadienones, Roger K. Murray

Submissions from 1968

A Null Instrument for Three-End Four-Terminal Admittance Measurements at Ultra-Low Frequencies, John G. Berberian

Dielectric Properties of Liquid Isoamyl Bromide at Low Temperatures, John G. Berberian

The Dielectric Relaxation of Supercooled Isoamyl Bromide, John G. Berberian

Contrast between Thermal and Photochemical Reverse Diels-Alder Reactions Involving Ketones, Roger K. Murray

The Acetylation of Phenylcyclopropane, Roger K. Murray

Submissions from 1967

Dielectric Properties of Ethylenimine, John G. Berberian

Electrophilic Oxidation of 1,2,3,4-Tetramethylnaphthalene and the Photochemistry of Benzo-2,4-cyclohexadienones, Roger K. Murray