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Dr. Elsheimer’s research group is studying a variety of pure and applied topics. His lab is particularly interested in, but not limited to, organic molecules that contain fluorine. These fascinating compounds are almost non-existent in nature and therefore the work is based on an entirely synthetic branch of organic chemistry. Several aspects of substituent effects, reaction mechanisms, and synthesis are under investigation.

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Our research group is studying a variety of pure and applied topics. We are particularly interested in, but not limited to, organic molecules that contain fluorine. These fascinating compounds are almost non-existent in nature and therefore the work is based on an entirely synthetic branch of organic chemistry. Several aspects of substituent effectsreaction mechanisms, and synthesis are under investigation.

We welcome students to participate in this research. If you are self-motivated and interested in gaining valuable research experience while earning credit in CHM 4912 or CHM 6971 please inquire in room CH 332 or in our laboratory, CH 334. Student researchers often co-author publications in internationally-recognized chemisty journals or give presentations at scientific meetings.

  1. “Thermal Rearrangement of 1,1-Difluorospiropentane”, W.R. Dolbier, Jr., S.F. Sellers, B.H. Al-Sader, S. Elsheimer, J. Am. Chem. Soc.  1981, 103, 715.
  2. “Thermal Isomerizations of Fluorinated Spiropentanes”, W.R. Dolbier, Jr., S.F. Sellers, B.H. Al-Sader, T.H. Fielder, Jr., S. Elsheimer, B.E. Smart, Israel J. Chem. 1981, 21, 176.
  1. “Difluorodiiodomethane: Its Preparation, Properties, and Free-Radical Reactions”, S. Elsheimer, W.R. Dolbier, Jr., M. Murla, K. Seppelt, G. Paprott, J. Org. Chem. 1984, 49, 205.
  1. “The Thermolysis of gem-Difluorospiropentane, the Kinetic Effect of Fluorine on the Homodienyl Hydrogen Shift, and Preparation and Reactions of Difluorodiiodomethane”, S.R. Elsheimer, Diss. Abst. Int. 1985, 46, 840-B.
  1. “The Thermal Rearrangement of cis, cis-1-Fluoro-2-methyl-3-vinylcyclopropane. The Kinetic Effect of a Single Fluorine Substituent”, S. Elsheimer, W.R. Dolbier, Jr., J. Fluorine Chem. 1988, 40, 119.
  1. “Unexpected Products from the Reactions of 1-(Bromodifluoromethyl)-2-bromocyclohexanes with Potassium Hydroxide”, S. Elsheimer, M. Michael, A. Landavazo, D.K. Slattery, J. Weeks, J. Org. Chem. 1988, 53, 6151.
  1. “Alkaline Hydrolysis of 1,3-Dibromo-1,1-difluoroalkanes: A Two-Step Vinyl Carboxylation”, S. Elsheimer, D.K. Slattery, M. Michael, J. Weeks, K. Topoleski, J. Org. Chem., 1989, 54, 3992.
  1. “Difluoromethylation of Alkenes via Borohydride Reduction of 1,3-Dibromo-1,1-difluoroalkanes”, S. Elsheimer, J. Gonzalez, and C. Foti, J. Org. Chem. 1991, 56, 4323.
  1. “Origin of `Hetero Effect’ on Nitrogen Inversion. Comparison of Hydroxylamines and Aminoxide Anions”, C.L. Perrin, J.D. Thoburn, S. Elsheimer, J. Org. Chem. 1991, 56, 7034.
  1. “3,3-Difluoroallyltrimethylsilane” J. Gonzalez, M.J. Foti, S. Elsheimer, Organic Syntheses 1995, 72, 225.