• 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.
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    Our research program includes organic/organometallic synthesis and catalysis, polymer synthesis and applications, responsive gel formation, and chemistry education.

  • 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

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May 2018

Congrats to Kendra Souther for defending her PhD thesis today!

May 2018

Bri officially joins the McNeil Group!

May 2018

Congrats to Amanda for receiving the Alumni Fund Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award!

March 2018

Our collaborative paper with the Zimmerman group on spin-switching in transmetalation reactions is now published in ACS Catalysis!

March 2018

Congrats to Matthew for passing his candidacy exam!!

March 2018

Congrats to Justin for passing his candidacy exam!

January 2018

Our collaborative paper with the Green Group on MAPLE-deposited P3HT has been accepted to the J. Polym. Sci., Part B: Polym. Phys.!

January 2018

The group welcomes post-doc Nancy Wu, grad student Takunda Chazovachii, & undergrad Oscar Mota to the group!

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2 weeks ago
Congrats to Dr. Kendra Souther for successfully defending her PhD today! Fantastic defense from a fantastic scientist! https://t.co/zFaZam9OsS McNeilGroup photo
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Oscar, our undergraduate researcher, just took his first CV ever! Yay oscar! #voltametry https://t.co/SLt39VCyfi McNeilGroup photo