Research Opportunities with Dr. Steven Lorimor

Formation and Observation of Highly Reactive, Cross-Conjugated Molecules

Cross-conjugated molecules have a very short lifetime and readily react with themselves or other molecules. Molecules such as p-xylylene exist only in dilute solutions or as a vapor. When the molecules come in contact, they form the commercial plastic Parylene, a non-porous protective coating for mission-critical electronics such as those found in military equipment, space probes, and medical devices. The existence of several other cross-conjugated molecules have been proposed but never observed.

The research project would involve the synthesis of the compounds needed to prepare the reactive molecules, the observation of the cross-conjugated molecules using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, and the isolation of the polymer-like products.

Use of Green Chemistry Principles in Organic Chemistry Laboratory Experiments

Green Chemistry has the goal to minimize the use and generation of hazardous substances. Many of the experiments used in Organic Chemistry teaching laboratories have their origins decades before Green Chemistry Principles were published.

The research project would involve applying newly published green chemistry processes to the lab preparation of chemiluminescence compounds (similar to glow sticks) and the local anesthetic, Lidocaine.

Contact Dr. Lorimor

Dr. Lorimor

Dr. Steven Lorimor, Associate Professor

B.S., Northwest Missouri State University
Ph.D., Iowa State University

(816) 271-5840
Office: Agenstein Hall 332