Karl J. Feierabend

Karl J. Feierabend

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Physical

Department/Affiliation: Chemistry
Phone: 330-263-2613
Office Address: 214 Severance


  • B.S., Furman University 2001
  • Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder 2006

Areas of Research

  • Mechanistic and kinetic studies of the photo-oxidation of environmentally relevant multi-functional organic molecules.
  • Self-association and hydrogen bonding in solution phase systems studied using cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy.

Courses Taught

  • IDPT 101: First Year Seminars in Critical Inquiry
  • CHEM 111: Introductory Chemistry
  • CHEM 112: Principles of Chemistry
  • CHEM 318: Physical Chemistry I
  • CHEM 319: Physical Chemistry II
  • CHEM 401: Introduction to Independent Study

I.S. Projects

  • Rebecca Craig:  Kinetics and Mechanism of the Reaction Between Oxalic Acid Species and Hydroxyl Radical
  • Lauren Fleming: The Fate of the Formic Acid Radical:  A Kinetic Investigation of the Reaction Between Oxalic Acid and the Hydroxyl Radical
  • Sarah Laper: Creation of a Mathematical Model and Investigation of the Kinetics of the Reaction Between the Oxalic Acid Species and the Hydroxyl Radical
  • Mary Nappi: The Kinetics of the Reaction of Tartronic Acid with the Hydroxyl Radical
  • Ryan Shafranek: Improved Synthesis of the Proposed Phosphatidylserine Analog Cyclohexylphosphoserine via the H-Phosphonate Approach
  • Cody Staebler: Investigation of d6-Venlafaxine Degradation in Wastewater Treatment Plant Sludge via Community Composition Identification and LC-MS/MS Monitoring
  • Erica Villa: The Ultraviolet Photochemistry of Aqueous Oxalate Species

Awards and Professional Memberships

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)

Grants Awarded

  • Single-Investigator Cottrell College Science Award, Research Corporation for Science Advancement, 2011-2014
  • William H. Wilson Awards, 2010-2014
  • Ralston Endowment Fund for Faculty Development, 2009
  • NASA Earth Systems Science Fellowship, 2002-2005


  • Kuen, D, Feierabend KJ, Cavity-enhanced overtone spectroscopy of methanol in aprotic solvents: probing solute-solvent interactions and self-associative behavior, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, April 2014
  • Talukdar, RK, Zhu L, Feierabend KJ, Burkholder JB, Rate coefficients for the reaction of methylglyoxal (CH3COCHO) with OH and NO3 and glyoxal (HCO)2 with NO3, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 11: 10837-10851 November 2011
  • Bassandorj, M, Feierabend, KJ, Burkholder JB, Rate coefficients and ClO radical yields in the reaction of O(1D) with CClF2CFCl2, CCl3CF3, CClF2CClF2, and CCl2FCF3, International Journal of Chemical Kinetics, 43(8): 393-401 August 2011
  • Papanastasiou, DK, Feierabend KJ, Burkholder JB, Cl2O photochemistry: UV/vis absorption spectrum temperature dependence and O(3P) quantum yield at 193 and 248 nm, Journal of Chemical Physics, 134: #204310 May 2011
  • Feierabend, KJ, Papanastasiou DK, Burkholder JB, ClO radical yields in the reaction of O(1D) with Cl2, HCl, chloromethanes, and chlorofluoromethanes, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 114 (45): 12052-12061 October 2010
  • Feierabend KJ, Flad JE, Brown SS, Burkholder JB, Ravishankara AR, HCO Quantum Yields in the Photolysis of Glyoxal, HC(O)C(O)H, from 290 to 420 nm, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 113 (27): 7784-7794 June 2009