• McNeil Group 2015 - Our chemical research focuses on the synthesis and applications of organic materials. Our education research focuses on efforts to improve student engagement and learning.
  • Each of our three “synthesis” labs has standard synthetic equipment.
  • Each graduate student and post-doc has their own bench and hood.
  • Both traditional and automated column chromatography are used for purifications.
  • Air- and moisture-free techniques are often required in our work.
  • Our two 2-person gloveboxes facilitate air- and moisture-free synthesis.
  • Our new materials are characterized using a suite of instruments – both in house and on campus.
  • Our department has several state-of-the-art instrumentation facilities for walk-on use.
  • Our in situ IR spectrometer is often used for measuring reaction rates.
  • Our three complementary microscopes are used to image gel fibers.
  • Graduate students have an opportunity to mentor undergraduate student researchers.
  • Both formal and informal collaboration among students is encouraged.
  • Our lab has pioneered the synthesis and application of gradient sequence conjugated copolymers.
  • Our lab has pioneered the use of small molecule gels as chemical and biological sensors.
  • Welcome to the McNeil Group

    Our chemical research focuses on the synthesis and applications of organic materials. Our education research focuses on efforts to improve student engagement and learning.

  • Our lab is equipped with 15 desks, hoods and benches.

  • Each of our three “synthesis” labs has standard synthetic equipment.

  • Each graduate student and post-doc has their own bench and hood.

  • Both traditional and automated column chromatography are used for purifications.

  • Air- and moisture-free techniques are often required in our work.

  • Our two 2-person gloveboxes facilitate air- and moisture-free synthesis.

  • Our new materials are characterized using a suite of instruments – both in house and on campus.

  • Our department has several state-of-the-art instrumentation facilities for walk-on use.

  • Our in situ IR spectrometer is often used for measuring reaction rates.

  • Our three complementary microscopes are used to image gel fibers.

  • Graduate students have an opportunity to mentor undergraduate student researchers.

  • Both formal and informal collaboration among students is encouraged.

  • Our lab has pioneered the synthesis and application of gradient sequence conjugated copolymers.

  • Our lab has pioneered the use of small molecule gels as chemical and biological sensors.

Educational Research

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Our education research focuses on efforts to improve student engagement and learning. Specific project goals include attracting and retaining a diverse body of students to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, moving the department towards more evidence-based teaching, narrowing the gap between varied high-school preparation and college-level introductory courses, and increasing the accessible scientific knowledge available to the masses.

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Chemical Research

Our chemical research focuses on the synthesis and applications of organic materials. Specific materials of interest include conjugated polymers and small molecule gels. Students in the polymer subgroup may work on developing new catalysts, performing mechanistic studies, synthesizing and characterizing sequence-controlled copolymers, or investigating their behavior in solid-state polymer blends. Students in the gel subgroup may work on identifying new gel scaffolds using predictive tools, triggering the gel transition in response to specific analytes, or templating the growth of other materials.

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McNeil Group News

August 2015

Congrats to Pete, Danielle, Ariana and Amanda for winning best ‘talk’ and best ‘poster’ awards at the 2015 Karle Symposium!

August 2015

We recently hosted 12 incoming freshman from the Summer Bridge Program and helped them develop a “Campus Connection” with the Chemistry Department. It was a lot of fun and made an impact on the students involved. Thanks to everyone who participated. See our group photos for some awesome pictures!

August 2015

Congrats to Nicole, Ederson and Tyler (HHMI-supported community college students) for their successful summer of research and their poster presentations at the UROP Symposium!