Paul A. Bonvallet

Paul A. Bonvallet

Associate Professor of Chemistry, Organic (on leave 2015-2016)

Department/Affiliation: Chemistry
Phone: 330-263-2610
Office Address: 124 Severance


  • B.A., Kenyon College 1996 (physics minor)
  • Ph.D., University of Wiscosin 2001 with Robert J. McMahon
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, The California NanoSystems Institute, University of California, Los Angeles with J. Fraser Stoddart (2002-04)

Area of Research

  • Supramolecular chemistry
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Photochemistry

Grants and Funding

  • American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (2012-2015)
  • National Science Foundation Research Opportunity Award (2010-2011)
  • National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation (2006-2009)
  • Research Corporation Cottrell College Science Award (2006-2008)
  • College of Wooster: William H. Wilson Research Award, HHMI summer researchers, Sophomore Research Award

Courses Taught

  • First Year Seminar
  • Chemistry 111: Introductory Chemistry
  • Chemistry 211: Organic Chemistry I
  • Chemistry 212: Organic Chemistry II
  • Chemistry 313: Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Chemistry 401: Introduction to Independent Study

I.S. Projects

  • Justin Keener: Optimization of a Wittig Polymerization for Use in OLEDs
  • Max Mullen: A Study of the Kinetic and Binding Properties of Dimeric Calix[4]arene Capped Azobenzene
  • Amy Toolis: Dabbling with DABAL: Synthesizing 4,5-Dimethylcatechol from the Trimethylaluminum Adduct DABAL-Me3

Awards, Professional Memberships, and Activities

  • Reader and Table Leader for AP Chemistry Exams
  • Division of Organic Chemistry Travel Award 2008
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)
  • National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP)
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Activities

  • Reviewer of grant proposals for National Science Foundation, Research Corporation, ACS Petroleum Research Fund; also manuscripts for many journals such as JACS and JOC.
  • AP Chemistry: question development and exam grading.
  • Chair, Pre-Health Advising Committee


  • 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.
  • Bonvallet, P. A.; Breitkreuz, C. J.; Kim, Y. S.; Todd, E. M.;‡ Traynor, K.; Fry, C. G.; Ediger, M. D.; McMahon, R. J. Organic Glass-Forming Materials: 1,3,5-Tris(naphthyl)benzene Derivatives. J. Org. Chem. 2007, 72, 10051-10057.
  • Huang, T. J.; Flood, A. H., Brough, B.; Liu, Y.; Bonvallet, P. A.; Kang, S.; Chu, C.-W.; Guo, T. F.; Lu, W.; Yang, Y.; Stoddart, J. F.; Ho, C.-M. Understanding and Harnessing Biomimetic Molecular Machines for NEMS Actuation Materials. IEEE Trans. Autom. Sci. Eng. (special issue on nanoscale automation and assembly) 2006, 3, 254-259.
  • Liu, Y.; Vignon, S. A.; Zhang, X.; Bonvallet, P. A.; Kahn, S. I.; Houk, K. N.; Stoddart, J. F. Dynamic Chirality in Donor-Acceptor Pretzelanes. J. Org. Chem. 2005, 70, 9334-9344.
  • Liu, Y.; Flood, A. H.; Bonvallet, P. A.; Vignon, S. A.; Northrop, B. H.; Tseng, H.-R.; Jeppesen, J. O.; Huang, T. J.; Brough, B.; Baller, M.; Magonov, S.; Solares, S. D.; Goddard, W. A.; Ho, C.-M.; Stoddart, J. F. Linear Artificial Molecular Muscles. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 9745-9759.*
  • Liu, Y.; Bonvallet, P. A.; Vignon, S. A.; Kahn, S. I.; Stoddart, J. F. Donor-Acceptor Pretzelanes and a Cyclic Bis[2]Catenane Homologue. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2005, 44, 3050-3055.
  • Huang, T. J.; Brough, B.; Ho, C.-M.; Liu, Y.; Flood, A. H.; Bonvallet, P. A.; Tseng, H.-R.; Stoddart, J. F.; Baller, M.; Magonov, S. A nanomechanical device based on linear molecular motors. Appl. Phys. Lett. 2004, 85, 5391-5393.†
  • Swallen, S. F.; Bonvallet, P. A.; McMahon, R. J.; Ediger, M. D. Self-Diffusion of tris-Naphthylbenzene near the Glass Transition Temperature. Phys. Rev. Lett. 2003, 90, 015901/1-015901/4.
  • Bonvallet, P. A.; Todd, E. M.;‡ Kim, Y. S.; McMahon, R. J. Access to the Naphthylcarbene Rearrangement Manifold via Isomeric Benzodiazocycloheptatrienes. J. Org. Chem. 2002, 67, 9031-9042.
  • Bonvallet, P. A.; McMahon, R. J. Generation, Characterization, and Rearrangements of 4,5 Benzocyclohepta-1,2,4,6-tetraene. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2000, 122, 9332-9333.
  • Bonvallet, P. A.; McMahon, R. J. Photoequilibration of 1 Naphthylcarbene and 4,5 Benzobicyclo[4.1.0]hepta-2,4,6-triene. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1999, 121, 10496-10503.

* Highlighted by Chemical Abstracts Services as one of the five “most intriguing” publications of 3rd quarter 2005.

† Featured as cover article
‡ Undergraduate co-author