Chemistry Ph.D. Degrees Awarded 1989-1970


Kevin Coppola [Fine Chemicals Project Coordinator, Albemarle Corporation, Baton Rouge, LA]
“Synthesis of the model ring system of cinncassiol D₁ by an intramolecular Diels-Alder route”
Research Advisor: Harry Ensley

Soonheum Park [Professor, Department of Chemistry, Dongguk University, Kyong-Ju, South Korea]
"Synthesis and Reaction Chemistry of Platinum(II) Amide Complexes"
Research Advisor: D. M. Roundhill

Dhananjay Balkrishna Puranik [Naval Research Laboratories]
"The Synthesis and Chemistry of Silacyclobutadienes"
Research Advisor: M. Fink

Waldo Jose Rodriguez [Research Scientist, NASA Langley Research Laboratory, Hampton, VA]
"Exciton Dynamics in Inorganic Crystals Containing Divalent Manganese: Experiment and Theory"
Research Advisor: G. McPherson

Mou-Ling Soong
“Asymmetric homogenous hydrogenation with the rhodium(I) complex of the chiral ligand 2R,3R-bis (diphenylphosphinomethylene)- bicyclo[2,2,2,]octane and desulfuration and sulfuration of organopolysulfides”
Research Advisor: John Jacobus

Timothy Craig Vanoy [Patent Examiner]
"Spectroscopic Studies in Highly Symmetrical Crystals"
Research Advisor: G. McPherson


Nilanjan Chakrabarti [Technical Manager, Coatings Applications Lab, Sun Chemical Corporation]
“Chemical reduction of poly(tetrafluoroethylene) and thermochemistry and photochemistry of organopolysulfides”
Advisor: John Jacobus

Christopher King
"Bimetallic Compounds Containing Methylenebis(Phosphinic Acid)"
Research Advisor: D. M. Roundhill

Jui-Yun Lu
"The Effects of Mechanism-Based Suicide Inhibitiors of Cytochrome P-450 on Cell-Mediated Mutagenesis and Cytotoxicity"
Research Advisor: William L. Alworth


William Frederick Wacholtz [Professor, University of Wisconsin, Osh Kosh, WI]
"Photochemistry and Photophysics of Mononuclear and Covalently Linked Polynuclear Ruthenium (II) Bipyridyl Complexes"
Research Advisor: R. Schmehl


Liang-Shang Gan
"Mechanism-Based Inactivation of Cytochrome P-450 Dependent Benzo[A]Pyrene Hydroxylase Activity by Acetylenic and Olefinic Polycyclic Arylhydrocarbons"
Research Advisior: William L. ALworth

Jean Elaine Osburn [Program Director, Naval Research Laboratories, Washington, DC]
"Energies, Electron Densities and First-Order Density Matrices from One-Body External Potentials"
Research Advisor: M. Levy

Farid Mohamed El-Torki [Professor, University of Tripoli, Libya]
"Reactions of Transition-Metal Complexes in Organized Environments"
Research Advisor: R. Schmehl

Ramadan Mohamed El-Mehdawi
"Synthesis and Reactions: (U-H)(U-PH(2)P(CH(2))(N)PH(2)P)MO(CO)(8)(-) Anions and Axial Replacement in NA(2)PT(2)(U-PO(4)H)(4)(H(2)O)(2) (Binuclear Molybdenum Carbonyl Anions Bridged by Hydride and Bidentate Phosphine Ligands, Tetrakis U-Phosphato Diplatinum(III) Complexes, Sodium, Platinum)"
Research Advisors: D. J. Darensbourg, D. M. Roundhill


James Brausch [Chief of Pharmacy Meds, Department of Veterans Affairs, Cheyenne, WY]
“Primary hydrogen isotope effect for the ene reaction of singlet oxygen and nitrosocarbonylmethane with electron deficient olefins”
Research Advisor: Harry Ensley

Steven Earl Dessens [Professor, Department of Chemistry, Houston Community College, Southwest, Houston, Texas]
"Multinuclear Transition Metal Complexes of the Bridging Ligand Tris (Diphenylphosphino)Methane (Alkylidyne Tricobaltnonacarbonyl, Bis (Dimethylarsino)Methane)"
Research Advisor: J. T. Mague

Rebecca Kudaroski Hanckel [Professor, Department of Physical Sciences, Charleston, Southern University, Charleston, SC]
"Reductive Activation of Carbon Dioxide by Anionic Group 6B Alkyl Metal Carbonyl Complexes"
Research Advisor: D. J. Darensbourg


John M. Hanckel
"Part I - Site-Selective Ion Pairing of Monosubstituted Vanadium Carbonylates. Part II - Heterolytic Activation of Molybdenum-Hydrogen Bonds of Neutral and Cationic Molybdenum Hydride Complexes"
Research Advisor: M. Darensbourg


Katherine Formusa Talluto
"Luminescent Centers in Double Halide Salts: I. Energy Migration and Transfer. II. Energy Storage and Thermoluminescence"
Research Advisor: G. L. McPherson

Wen-An Loong [National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan]
"Part I: The Study of Polarized Electronic Spectra of M(III)-M(III), M(III)- Lithium(I) and M(III)-Copper(I) Centers in Poped Cesium Magnesium Trichloride Single Crystals. Part II: The Study of Heterogeneous Catalysis of Olefin Hydrogenation, Isomerization and Polymerization on M(III) Doped Crystals and Rhodium(III) Complexes Dispersed on Silica Gel"…
Research Advisor: G. L. McPherson


Haroldo Lucio de Castro Barros
"Ion-Ion and Ion-Solvent Interactions in Transition Metal Organic Salts"
Research Advisor: M. Darensbourg

K. R. Viswanathan
"Enkaphalins - The Internal Ones"
Research Advisor: William L. Alworth


John Alexander Ewen
"Kinetics and Bonding in Transition Metal Carbonyl Derivatives and Related Organometallic Complexes"
Research Advisor: D. J. Darensbourg


Joseph Andrew Froelich
"Oxygen-18 Labeling Studies in Transition Metal Carbonyl Complexes"
Research Advisor: D. J. Darensbourg

Martin H. Kay
"Studies of the Enzymic Conversion of Riboflavin to 5,6-Dimethylbenzmidazile in Propionibacterium ShermanII."
Research Advisor: William L. Alworth


Mary F. Dove
"The Biosynthetic Origin of the Dimethlphenylene Moiety of Vitamin B-12 and Riboflavin"
Research Advisor: William L. Alworth


Michael Ozzie Nutt
"Synthesis and Reactions of Some Rhodium(I) Complexes"
Research Advisor: D. J. Darensbourg

Ming Cheng Kuo
"The Molecular and Crystal Structures of 10-Propylisoalloxazine Bis(Naphthalene-2,3-Diol), DI-MU-Hexafluorobut-2-Enylene-Bis(Cis-Triphenyl- Phosphinenitrosyliridium(I), and Hexakis (Pyridine-N-Oxide) Nickel(II) Tetrafluoroborate"
Research Advisor: C. J. Fritchie, Jr.


Jon Edward Tappan
"Bonding and Reactivity in Some Group VIB and Group VIII Metal Carbonyl Derivatives"
Research Advisor: D. J. Darensbourg


Julia Mei Wang Yu
"Crystallographic and Spectroscopic Studies of Some Flavin Analogues"
Research Advisor: C. J. Fritchie, Jr.

Jin Rong Chang [Quebec Centre Rech. Ind. CA]
"Electron Paramagnetic Resonance of Cesium Transition-Metal Trichlorides Doped Into Crystals of Cesium-Cadmium Trichloride"
Research Advisor: G. L. McPherson

Willis Lee Thornsberry, Jr. [Freeport Sulfur Company]
"Part I. An Investigation of Atomic Orbital Representation by an Analysis of the Barriers to Internal Rotation in Disulfur-Dihydride, Diselenium-Dihydride, and Ditellurium-Dihydride. Part II. Molecular Orbital Calculations on a Series of Pentacoordinate Phosphorus Compounds. Part III. A Theoretical Investigation of the Bonding and Charge Configuration in Metal-Carbonyls and Phosphine-Substituted Metal-Carbonyls"
Research Advisor: M. Y. Darensbourg

Yu-Chu Yang [US Army Chemical Research Center]
"The Co-Solvent Effect in Kinetics: I. The Comparative Solvolysis of 1-Adamantyl-Bromide and Cyclohexyl-Bromide in Tertiary Butyl-Alcohol – Water Mixtures. II. Analysis of Other Kinetic Systems in Terms of the Co-Solvent Effect"
Research Advisor: T. F. Fagley


Edith Chua Ong [Senior Director, Applied Materials, Santa Clara, CA]
"Some Aspects of Vibronic-Coupling in Circular Dichroism"
Research Advisor: O. E. Weigang, Jr.

Carl James Doumit [Professor, Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, MS]
"Synthesis and Characterization of Some Mixed Ligand Complexes of Copper(II) Containing Ortho Substituted Azo Dyes"
Research Advisor: H. B. Jonassen

Edward Henry Gause
"The Reaction of Some Rhodium(I) Complexes with Fluoroacetylenes"
Research Advisor: J. T. Mague


Haven Scott Aldrich [Exxon Mobil, Baton Rouge, LA]
"Invariant Atomic Orbitals from Accurate Hartree-Fock Molecular Orbitals and Hydrogen-Bonding in Mixed-Dimer Systems"
Research Advisor: L. C. Cusachs

Joseph Pike Mitchener
"Syntheses and Reactions of Ruthenium(II) Complexes Containing Tertiary and Ditertiary Phosphines and Arsines"
Research Advisor: J. T. Mague

Joe Leslie Wells
"The Crystal and Molecular Structures of Alpha-1-Para-Bromophenyl Phenylmethylene-3-Oxo-1,2-Diazetidinium Inner Salt and Lumiflavin-Bisnaphthalene-2,3-Diol" Research Advisor: C. J. Fritchie, Jr.

Charles Wittmann Weston [Senior Scientist, Crescent Technologies, New Orleans, LA]
"Investigations of Diphenylphosphine Complexes of Zerovalent Nickel and Palladium"
Research Advisor: H. B. Jonassen


Glen Moore Robinson III
"Aspects of Natural and Magnetically Induced Optical Activity"
Res. Advisor: Dr. Oscar E. Weigang, Jr.

Dale Wyatt Dycus [Mostek Corporation]
"A Comparative Study of the Reactions of Anisoyl Chloride, M- Trifluoromethylbenzoyl Chloride, and M-Fluorobenzoyl Chloride with Ethanol"
Research Advisor: T. F. Fagley

David James Miller [Union Carbide]
"A Theoretical Investigation of the Nature of the Bonding in Sulfur-Containing Molecules"
Research Advisor: Hans B. Jonassen and Louis Chopin Cusachs

Kenneth Steven Wheelock [GE Plastics]
"Part I: Semi-Empirical Molecular Orbital Calculations: The Effective Hamiltonian. Part II: Semi-Empirical Molecular Orbital Studies of Platinum Acetylene and Olefin Complexes. Part III: Investigations of Phosphinoacetylene Complexes of Zerovalent Palladium and Platinum"…
Research Advisor: H. B. Jonassen

Margaret Alice Clarke [USDA Southern Regional Research Labs]
"Preparation and Structure Determination of Some Heterocyclic Complexes of Silver(I) and Copper(I)"