Presently, my responsibilities include the development of the CHEM 430 Organic Spectral Analysis course. The course has been developed to provide the students with an overview of modern spectroscopic techniques, including FT-IR, multinuclear FT-NMR, UV-vis and mass spectrometry. This course will feature our state-of-the-art Bruker Avance 400 MHz NMR spectrometer we have recently installed.
As the organic chemist I take great pride in the instruction of CHEM 210/212 as well as the laboratory course, CHEM 213. It is my belief that the course should feature fundamentals and core concepts, rather than trying to cover the entire application of organic chemistry, which has become too large in scope for a two-semester sequence. While my upper level courses feature state-of-the-art computer presentation techniques, I believe organic chemistry should only be taught with chalk and a board - always back to basics!
My research focus is in the area of organic and main group inorganic chemistry. My primary interest is in organic compounds based on hypervalent iodine. This interesting group of molecules includes [hydroxy(tosyloxy)iodo]-benzene (Koser's reagent, HTIB), iodobenzene diacetate, and the Dess-Martin periodane. These and many related compounds have achieved the status of "reagent" in contemporary synthetic methods. Due to the higher oxidation state of iodine, these compounds act as mild oxidants capable of an ever expanding scope of synthetic applications. The development of new hypervalent iodine reagents and the survey of their chemistry is of continuing interest to syntheitc and physical organic chemistry. In addition, we are conducting investigations into the solid state structure of these interesting compounds through X-ray crystallographic techniques in collaboration with Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Michael W. Justik
Associate Professor of Chemistry
School of Science
Penn State Erie,The Behrend College
4205 College Drive
Erie PA, 16563-0203