Paul A. Bonvallet

Paul A. Bonvallet

Associate Professor of Chemistry, Organic; Department of Chemistry Chairperson

Department/Affiliation: Chemistry
Phone: 330-263-2610
Office Address: 124 Severance
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Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Degrees and Professional Experience

  • B.A., Kenyon College 1996 (physics minor)
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin 2001 with Robert J. McMahon
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, The California NanoSystems Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, 2002-2004, with J. Fraser Stoddart (2016 Nobel Laureate)

Area of Research

  • Supramolecular chemistry and photochemistry: calix[4]arenes, crown ethers, and photo-responsive molecular capsules
  • Light-emitting organic compounds: design of conjugated polymers, OLED device fabrication
  • Materials chemistry: formulation, response, and applications of swellable organically-modified silica (SOMS)

Grants and Funding

  • MRI: Acquisition of an NMR Spectrometer to Sustain Excellence in Undergraduate Research
  • REU Site: Cutting-Edge Science in a Close-Knit Community (with Department of Physics)
  • American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (2012-2017)
  • National Science Foundation Research Opportunity Award (2010-2011)

Research Leaves

  • 2015-2016 at ABS Materials, Wooster, OH
  • 2010-2011 with Stuart Rowan, Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University

Courses Taught

  • First Year Seminar (2012: Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms)
  • Chemistry 111: General Chemistry I
  • Chemistry 112: General Chemistry II
  • Chemistry 211: Organic Chemistry I
  • Chemistry 212: Organic Chemistry II
  • Chemistry 313: Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Chemistry 401: Introduction to Independent Study

Selected Recent I.S. Projects

  • Kristin Holm, Investigation of Esterification Reactions in Swellable Organically Modified Silica Towards the Synthesis of Polyethylene Terephthalate
  • Angelo Melari, Investigation of the Heck Reaction for the Synthesis of a Model Light-Emitting Copolymer
  • Andrea Steiger, Synthesis of a Functionalized Calix[4]arene-Capped Azobenzene: A Supramolecular Host in Polar Organic Solvents

Awards, Professional Memberships, and Activities

  • Invited Speaker for "Small Splash, Big Waves"; ACS symposium for researchers in organic chemistry at primarily undergraduate institutions
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (former chapter president)

Professional Activities

  • AP Chemistry Exam: Currently serving as Chief Reader and Exam Development Committee member
  • 36 published conference abstracts with 34 undergraduate co-authors
  • Technical editor: Organic Chemistry for Dummies and Chemistry Workbook for Dummies

Selected Publications

  • Amburgey-Peters, J. C.; Bonvallet, P. A. “Spectroscopy First” for Interweaving and Scaffolded Learning in Organic Chemistry, In NMR Spectroscopy in the Undergraduate Curriculum: First Year and Organic Chemistry Courses Volume 2; Soulsby, D.; Anna, L. J.; Wallner, A. S., Eds.; ACS Symposium Series; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2016, pp 49-51.
  • Bonvallet, P. A. Detective work (book review of The Scientific Sherlock Holmes). Nature Chemistry 2013, 5, 441.
  • Bonvallet, P. A.; Amburgey-Peters, J. C. Data vs. Dogma: Introducing NMR Early in Organic Chemistry to Reinforce Key Concepts, In NMR Spectroscopy in the Undergraduate Curriculum; Soulsby, D., Ed.; ACS Symposium Series; American Chemical Society; Washington, DC, 2013.
  • Bonvallet, P. A.; Mullen, M. R.‡; Evans, P. J.‡; Stoltz, K. L.‡; Story, E. N.‡ Improved functionality and control in the isomerization of a calix[4]arene-capped azobenzene. Tetrahedron Lett. 2011, 52, 1117-1120.

† Featured as cover article
‡ Undergraduate co-author