• 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.
  • McNeil Group

    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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November 2017

Anne was elected into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (AAAS) – congrats Anne!

November 2017

Amanda & Kendra’s mechanism paper on Ni diimine catalysts was accepted to Macromolecules!

October 2017

Our latest paper is now online in J. Polym. Sci. Part A: Polym. Chem. – “Trials and tribulations of designing multitasking catalysts for olefin/thiophene block copolymerizations”

October 2017

Our paper describing conjugated/insulating copolymer synthesis has been accepted! Congrats to Kendra, Amanda & all our wonderful collaborators!

September 2017

Bri joins the lab as a Fall term rotator – welcome!

August 2017

Congrats to Matt and Emily for winning PPG sponsored poster awards at the 2017 Karle Symposium!

August 2017

The McNeil Group is now on twitter! Follow us! @McNeilGroup

August 2017

Welcome to our newest post-doc Dr. Patrick Lutz!

Latest McNeil Group Tweets

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1 week ago
@forsgroup and @SomosCampos have inspired us:

Catalyst transfer polymerizations
That is one of our groups specializations
Oxidative addition, transmetalltion, R.E.
I made some nice P3HT
Now lets go and study molecular gelations
#ChemistryLimericks
2 weeks ago
Matt Hannigan (the student in charge of taking care of the lab GC and GCMS for the past five months) finally has his own samples to run on the GC! What a day! #RealTimeChem https://t.co/tk93g8n7iT McNeilGroup photo