Shippensburg Chemistry
 
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name  Dan Predecki
location  Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA
job  Associate Professor 
subjects  Organic Chemistry
b.s.  Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO.
ph.d.  Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC.
post doc.  University of Minnesota Cancer Center, Minneapolis, MN.
post doc.  Emory University, Atlanta, GA.
 

Background:

I was hired by Shippensburg University in August of 2005.  I teach organic chemistry, organic chemistry lab, advanced organic chemistry, chemistry for non-science majors and advise undergraduate research students.  The chemistry program at SU is undergraduate only, quite rigorous and very hands-on.  We encourage our students to get involved in undergraduate research, chemistry club, and volunteer for any number of outreach projects done throughout the semester. Typically, most students who do research get enough data to present a poster at a national conference. 


Research:

I am involved in many projects but since the acquisition of our NMR, I have focussed on utilizing its modern capabilities.  What is NMR you ask?  Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) is a technique developed in the 1960’s that uses a superconducting magnetic and radio frequency pulses to help chemists determine structure.  Have you ever had an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)?  If you have, then you have experienced NMR!  MRI is used by radiologists image anything from injuries to brain tumors.  Much like MRI provides a picture for radiologists, NMR provides structural information about molecules.  Initially, my research projects focussed on NMR rate constant studies of imine forming reactions.  Currently, I am investigating the detection of pesticides by NMR (props to JEOL and the departmental JEOL ECX 400 NMR).  This site is devoted to my undergraduate research students and our fantastic NMR.  For more information, click on the tabs at the top of the page.

“C” is for Carbon!