Dr. Brenda Ross

Professor of Chemistry

  • B.S., University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 1984. Major: Chemistry, Minors: Biology, English
  • Ph.D. Yale University, 1990. Synthesis and Studies of Bicyclo[1.1.1]pentane Derivatives. Thesis Advisor: Dr. Kenneth Wiberg.
  • Post-doctoral Research Associate, Michigan State University, 1990-1991, in the laboratory of Dr. Stephen Boyd.
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Southwest Missouri State University, 1991 - 1996.
  • Associate Professor of Chemistry, Cottey College, 1996 - 2003
  • Professor of Chemistry, Cottey College, 2003 - present

Research Interest
The interaction of organic molecules with phyllosilicate clays.

Ongoing Research Projects

  • Synthesis and intercalation of chain-type polyphenyl compounds;
  • Synthesis and intercalation of hydroquinone derivatives.

Teaching Interests
The use of research in the undergraduate teaching laboratory; writing in the chemistry curriculum; learning communities (currently dance appreciation and introductory chemistry).

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