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Richard W. Gurney (Chair)

Richard W. Gurney (Chair)

Richard W. Gurney (Chair)

Richard W. Gurney (Chair)
Title
Associate Professor, Department Chair
Phone
617-521-2729
Office
Science Center S441
Email

Education

Doctor of Philosophy
Purdue University

Bachelor of Science
Benedictine University


Research

  • green chemistry
  • biomaterials
  • crystal growth and morphology
  • organic synthetic methods

Recent Publications

(boldface names are Simmons students)

Papers

27. Evolution of the Women in Materials Program: a Collaboration between Simmons College and the Cornell Center for Materials Research in Materials Education. Leonard Soltzberg, Velda Goldberg, Michael D. Kaplan, Richard W. Gurney, Nancy E. Lee, George Malliaras, Helene Schember, edited by M. Marinho Patterson, D. Dunham, E. Marshall, J. Nucci (Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. Volume 1233, Warrendale, PA, 2010), 1233-PP10-05

26. Microkinetic Analysis of the Epoxidation of Styrene Catalyzed by (Porphyrin)Mn Encapsulated in Molecular Squares. Gloria A.E. Oxford, Maria C. Curet-Arana, Debarsi Majumder, Richard W. Gurney, Melissa L. Merlau, SonBinh T. Nguyen, Randall Q. Snurr, Linda J. Broadbelt, Journal of Catalysis, 2009, 266, 145 — 155.

25. Chemistry and consumption: Introducing green chemistry to the general college community through greened consumer products. Richard W. Gurney, Sue Stafford. ACS Symposium Series 1011 — Green Chemistry Education, 2009, 55- 78.

24. Molecular Recycling: Application of the Twelve Principles of Green Chemistry in the Diversion of Post-Consumer Poly Lactic Acid Waste. Jennifer N. Boice, Christina M. King, Carol Higgenbotham, Richard W. Gurney. Journal of Materials Education, 2008, 30 (5-6), 257-280.

23. Preparation of Lactic Acid from (Poly)Lactic Acid Biodegradable Cups. Richard W. Gurney, Jennifer N. Boice, Published On Line, Accessed June 2008.

22. Templating the Nucleation of Calcium Oxalate Monohydrate via Micropatterned Self-Assembled Monolayers on Gold. Tania M. Cabrera, Leigh M. Friguglietti, Christina M. King, Amanda E. Larson-Mekler, Chelsea E. Graham, Richard W. Gurney. Crystal Growth & Design, 2007, 7, 2436 - 2443.

21. A Media Lab (Green Nanotechnology) for Chapter 3 of the Prentice Hall Chemistry Text: Chemistry for Changing Times, 11th Ed. by John Hill and Doris Kolb, 2007.

20. Monitoring Aniline Polymerization with MALDI-TOF- Mass Spectrometry. Soltzberg, L.J.; Gurney, R.W.; Doerr, K.L.; Keddy, M.B. Proceedings of the 54th ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics, May 28 — June 1, 2006.

19. Templating the Growth of Calcium Oxalate Monohydrate on Gold via Microcontact Printing. Tania A. Cabrera, Leigh M. Friguglietti, Richard W. Gurney. The Nucleus, LXXXIV (10), Summer 2006, 14—20.

18. Women in Materials: a Collaborative Effort between Simmons College and the Cornell Center for Materials Research, in Forum on Materials Science Education. V. Goldberg, G.G. Malliaras, H. Schember, M. Kaplan, L. Soltzberg, R.W. Gurney, P.J. Johnson, edited by Trevor R. Finlayson, Fionna M. Goodchild, M. Grant Norton, Scott R. J. Oliver (Mater. Res Soc. Symp. Proc. 909E, Warrendale, PA, 2006), 0909-PP03-10.

17. Organic Photovoltaics Interdigitated on the Molecular Scale. Alex B. F. Martinson, Aaron M. Massari, Suk Joong Lee, Richard W. Gurney, Kathryn E. Splan, Joseph T. Hupp, Son Binh T. Nguyen. Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 2006, 153(3), A527 - A532.

16. Approaches to conjugated macromolecules via electrophilic carbohydrate reagents. M. Keddy, R. Gurney, B. Tran, D. J. Sandman. Polymer Preprints (American Chemical Society, Division of Polymer Chemistry), 2005, 46(1), 601 - 602.

15. Comparative X-ray Standing Wave Analysis of Metal-Phosphonate Multilayer Films of Dodecane and Porphyrin Molecular Square. Joseph A. Libera, Richard W. Gurney, Craig Schwartz, Hua Jin, Tien-Lin Lee, SonBinh T. Nguyen, Joseph T. Hupp, Michael J. Bedzyk. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2005, 109(4), 1441 - 1450.

14. Directed Assembly of Nanoporous Porphyrin-Based, Molecular Square Thin Films. Craig P. Schwartz, SonBinh T. Nguyen, Richard W. Gurney, Richard W. Nanoscape, 2004, 1, 7-15.

13. X-ray Nanoscale Profiling of Layer-by-Layer Assembled Metal Organo-Phosphonate Films. Joseph A. Libera, Richard W. Gurney, Son-Binh T. Nguyen, Joseph T. Hupp, Chain Liu, Ray Conley, and Michael J. Bedzyk. Langmuir, 2004, 20 8022 - 8029.

12. Walljet Electrochemistry: Quantifying Molecular Transport through Metallopolymeric and Zirconium Phosphonate Assembled Porphyrin Square Thin Films. Aaron M. Massari, Richard W. Gurney, Craig P. Schwartz, SonBinh T. Nguyen, Joseph T. Hupp. Langmuir, 2004, 20(11), 4422 - 4429.

11. Ultrathin Micropatterned Porphyrin Films Assembled via Zirconium Phosphonate Chemistry. Aaron M. Massari, Richard W. Gurney, Shien-Hao Kane Huang, Matt Wightman, SonBinh T. Nguyen, Joseph T. Hupp. Polyhedron, 2003, 22, 3065 — 3072.

10. A Crystalline Langmuir Monolayer Designed as a Template for Selective Intercalation of Water Soluble alpha-Amino Acids. Coralie Alonso, Richard W. Gurney, Ran Eliash, Seok-Cheol Hong, Yuen Ron Shen, Torben R. Jensen, Kristian Kjaer, Oleg Konovalov, Meir Lahav, Leslie Leiserowitz. Crystal Growth and Design, 2003, 3(5), 683 — 690.

9. Charge Transfer Between a Gold Substrate and CdS Nanoparticles Assembled in Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Films. Alexander Samokhvalov, Richard W. Gurney, Meir Lahav, Sidney Cohen, Haggai Cohen, Ron Naaman. J. Chem. Phys. B, 2003, 107, 4245 — 4252.

8. Adsorption energetics of potassium sulfate dye inclusion crystals. Damien J. Carter, Andrew L. Rohl, Julian D. Galeb, Andrew M. Fogg, Richard W. Gurney, Bart Kahr. Journal of Molecular Structure, 2003, 647 (1-3), 65 — 73.

7. Electronic Properties of Hybrid Organic/Inorganic Langmuir Blodgett Films Containing CdS Quantum Particles. Alexander Samokvalov, Richard W. Gurney, Meir Lahav, Ron Naaman. J. Chem. Phys. B, 2002, 106, 9070 — 9078.

6. Optical Probes of Crystal Growth Mechanisms: Intrasectoral Zoning. Richard W. Gurney, Miki Kurimoto, J. Anand Subramony, Loyd D. Bastin, Bart Kahr. ACS Symposium Series, 2001, 798, 143 — 156.

5. Incorporation of Fluorescent Molecules and Proteins into Calcium Oxalate Monohydrate Single Crystals. Lara A. Touryan, Ruti H. Clark, Richard W. Gurney, Patrick S. Stayton, Bart Kahr, Viola Vogel. J. Cryst. Growth, 2001, 233(1-2), 380 — 388.

4. Dyeing Crystals. Bart Kahr, Richard W. Gurney. Chem. Rev. 2001, 101, 893 — 951.$0 $03. Salting Benzenes. Richard W. Gurney, Christine A. Mitchell, Sihyun Ham, Loyd D. Bastin, Bart Kahr. Invited Feature Article in J. Phys. Chem. B, 2000, 104(5), 878 — 892.$0 $02. Kinetic Stabilization of Biopolymers in Single Crystal Hosts: GFP in alpha-Lactose Monohydrate. Miki Kurimoto, Paramjeet Subramony, Richard W. Gurney, Scott Lovell, Jean Chmielewski, Bart Kahr. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1999, 121, 6952 — 6953.

3. On the Mechanism of Matrix Assisted Room Temperature Phosphorescence. Christine A. Mitchell, Richard W. Gurney, Sei-Hum Jang and Bart Kahr. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1998, 120, 9726 — 9727.

2. Kinetic Stabilization of Biopolymers in Single Crystal Hosts: GFP in alpha-Lactose Monohydrate. Miki Kurimoto, Paramjeet Subramony, Richard W. Gurney, Scott Lovell, Jean Chmielewski, Bart Kahr. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1999, 121, 6952 — 6953.

1. On the Mechanism of Matrix Assisted Room Temperature Phosphorescence. Christine A. Mitchell, Richard W. Gurney, Sei-Hum Jang and Bart Kahr. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1998, 120, 9726 — 9727.

Presentations and Abstracts

"Grazing Angle Incidence Specular Reflectance FT-IR Characterization of the Photocrosslinking of 4-vinylbenzylthymine (VBT) and 4-vinylbenzyl trialkyl ammonium chloride (VBA) Copolymers," 240th ACS National Meeting, Boston, MA, August 22-26, 2010, Katelyn Thomas, Lauren Searls, Jennifer Bento, Debora Martino, Rich Gurney "Undergraduate Laboratory Renaissance for Organic Chemistry," 240th ACS National Meeting, Boston, MA, August 22-26, 2010.

"Alternative Recycling of Post-Consumer PLA Waste at a Molecular Level," 240th ACS National Meeting, Boston, MA, August 22-26, 2010, Cassandra Cacoq, Amanda E. Taylor, Nancy E. Lee, Rich Gurney.

"Green Chemistry in Industry" and "Green Chemistry in Education," Invited Plenary Lectures, Simposio de Química Verde y Química en Microescala, Universidad Iberoamericana, Cuidad de México, México, July 14 — 16, 2010.

"The Many Applications of Post-Consumer Poly Lactic Acid Waste." The Gordon Research Conference on Green Chemistry, Bates College, Lewiston, ME, August 3 — 8, 2008.

"Trash talk: The many green-chemical applications of post-consumer waste PLA." at the Green Chemistry in Education Workshop, University of Oregon, June 15 - 21, 2008.

"Metrics for Greening the Undergraduate Laboratory Curriculum," The 20th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, July 27 — 31, 2008.

"Green asymmetric synthesis, an upper-level undergraduate, research based laboratory course," Colleen M. Wiggins, Gillian L. Petrozziello, Yin Yin Lin, Christina M. King, Deborah S. Bass, Jennifer N. Boice, Jessica E. Haffner, Henglian Huang, Virginia S. Liu, Brittany M. Oheim, ShunYi Tsui, Aisha A. Warsame, Nancy E. Lee, Richard W. Gurney, Abstracts of Papers, 235th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, United States, April 6-10, 2008, CHED-405.

"Trash talk: The many green-chemical applications of post-consumer waste PLA," Jennifer N. Boice, Nancy E. Lee, Richard W. Gurney, Abstracts of Papers, 235th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, United States, April 6-10, 2008, CHED-052.

"Undergraduate laboratory renaissance" Richard W. Gurney, Abstracts of Papers, 234th ACS National Meeting, Boston, MA, United States, August 19-23, 2007, CHED-500.

"Cups to cleaners: Trash to treasure," Jennifer N. Boice, Richard W. Gurney, Abstracts of Papers, 234th ACS National Meeting, Boston, MA, United States, August 19-23, 2007, CHED-223.

"Chemistry and consumption: Introducing green chemistry to the general college community through greened consumer products," Richard W. Gurney, Abstracts of Papers, 234th ACS National Meeting, Boston, MA, United States, August 19-23, 2007, CHED-118.

"Learning to be green: involve students in the decision making process," "Completely solvent-free oxidation of borneol to camphor: synthesis, isolation and purification," 11th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, June 2007, Washington, DC.

"Experimental Factors Influencing the Growth of Calcium Oxalate Monohydrate on Coinage Metal Substrates" Christina M. King, Susanna M. Wong, Meredith A. McFarland, Lauren E. Morrell, Richard W. Gurney, 233rd ACS National Meeting, March 2007, Chicago, IL.

"From chemistry to philosophy and middle school to majors: green chemistry across the curriculum" Richard W. Gurney, Invited Presentation, 232nd ACS National Meeting, September 2006, San Francisco, CA.

"A Complete Solvent-Free Oxidation of Borneol to Camphor: Synthesis, Isolation, and Purification" "Consumption: Chemistry and Conscience: The Tao of Shoe, a Learning Community Between Green Chemistry and Environmental Ethics" "Learning to be green: Involve students in the decision making process " Richard W. Gurney, 19th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, July 2006, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.

"Templating the growth of calcium oxalate monohydrate on gold via microcontact printing," Tania M. Cabrera, Leigh M. Friguglietti, Amanda E. Larson-Mekler, Chelsea E. Graham, Richard W. Gurney, 231st ACS National Meeting, Atlanta, GA, March 2006.

"Controlling the size, orientation, density and nucleation of calcium oxalate monohydrate crystals using self-assembled monolayers" Tania M. Cabrera, Leigh Friguglietti, Richard W. Gurney, 2005 Leo Baekeland Award Symposium, Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill, New Jersey, Nov 2005 and the Materials Research Society Meeting, Boston, MA, November 2005.

"Learning to be green: Involve students in the decision making process " Richard W. Gurney, Keynote Speaker and Leader for the 5th annual Green Chemistry in Education Workshop, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, July, 2005,

"Templating calcium oxalate monohydrate for in-situ crystal growth studies," Tania M. Cabrera, Christina P. Brennan, Becca J. Berry, Ashley M. Johnson, Erica M. Gunn, Richard W. Gurney, 229th ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 2005.

"Greening the oxidation of borneol to camphor in the undergraduate organic laboratory," Yin Yin Lin, Marc A. Sala, Craig P. Schwartz, Richard W. Gurney, 229th ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 2005.

"Sustainable approach to conducting polymers using electrophilic carbohydrate reagents," Marcy Beth Keddy, Richard W. Gurney, Daniel J. Sandman, 229th ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 2005.

"A Dry, Microwave-Assisted Oxidation of Borneol and a Reduction of Camphor for an Undergraduate Organic Lab" Richard W. Gurney, Casey Gifford, Craig Schwartz, Marc Sala, The Gordon Research Conference on Green Chemistry, Roger Williams Univeristy, Bristol, Rhode Island, July 2004,

"Directed-Assembly of Nanoporous, Porphyrin-Based, Molecular-Square Thin-Films Using Zirconium Phosphonate Chemistry." Guest lecture, University of Massachusetts — Lowell, June 2004.

"Electronic Properties of Hybrid Organic/Inorganic Langmuir Blodgett Films Containing CdS Quantum Particles," Richard W. Gurney, Alexander Samokhvalov, Meir Lahav, Sidney Cohen, Haggai Cohen, Ron Naaman, International Conference on the Organic Solid State (ICCOSS), Max-Plank Institute, Munich, Germany, July 2001.

"Salting Benzenes," Richard W. Gurney, Loyd D. Bastin, Sihyun Ham, Bart Kahr, Invited Poster for Anisotropic Organic Materials Symposium at the 218th National Meeting, ACS, New Orleans, LA, August 22 — 26, 1999.

"Salting Benzenes," Richard W. Gurney, Loyd D. Bastin, Sihyun Ham, Bart Kahr, Midwest Organic Solid State Chemistry Conference, Indianapolis, IN, June 4 — 5, 1999.

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships

W.M. Keck Foundation, "Undergraduate Laboratory Renaissance," $244,000, July 2008.

Simmons College, College of Arts and Science, Deans Award for Exceptional Teaching, September 2007.

Presidential Fund for Faculty Excellence, "Green Asymmetric Synthesis," $14,744 (2007)

Pottruck Technology Resource Center, Simmons College, with Sue Stafford to develop "Consumption: Chemistry and Conscience: The Tao of Shoe, a Learning Community Between Green Chemistry and Environmental Ethics" $12,000 (2006)

James Flack Norris and Theodore William Richards Undergraduate Summer Research Scholarship for Tania M. Cabrera (Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society) $3,250 (Summer 2006)

Technology at the Crossroads (Proposal # 0423588) — Awarded by the National Science Foundation through the ITEST program, with Deborah Muscella (Girls Get Connected Collaborative) Funded $933,465 (2004 - 2009)

American Chemical Society, Petroleum Research Fund — Summer Research Fellowship - supplementary award to PRF Grant No. 40263-AC7. "Approaches to Structurally Ordered Conjugated Macromolecules via Solid State Polymerization." (Summer 2004)

SENCER - Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities, the AAC&U's NSF-funded program, Summer Institute 2004 — Grant / Workshop to develop the Colleges of the Fenway Environmental Forum course for S05.

Camille and Henry Dreyfus Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Chemistry (2001-2003)

Feinberg Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Weizmann Institute of Science (2000)

University of Washington Royalty Research Fund Graduate Student Fellowship (1998)

Purdue University Alumni Graduate Teaching Award (1994)

AMOCO Chemical / Benedictine University Undergraduate Research Internship / Fellowship (1993)

Fauske and Associates Environmental Health and Safety Award (1991 & 1992)

Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Fellowship (1992)

Recognition Award for Volunteerism Efforts in Recycling in Illinois (1991)