Greg Moehring, PhD

Associate Professor

PhD, Purdue University

Office: Edison, Room E126D

Phone: 732-263-5350

Email: gmoehrin@monmouth.edu

Fall 2014 Office Hours:

Tuesday and Friday: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday:  11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Other times by appointment

Fall 2014 Courses:

NMR Spectroscopy

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Seminar in Chemistry

First Year Seminar

Regularly Taught Courses:

Chemical Literature

First Year Seminar

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

NMR Spectroscopy

Seminar in Chemistry

About:


My background is diverse.  I grew up in the state of Washington and earned a BS in chemistry from Western Washington University.  I earned a PhD in inorganic chemistry from Purdue University, where I worked with Richard Walton on the chemistry of rhenium polyhydride compounds.  I did post doctoral research at the University of British Columbia with Bill Cullen, Brian James, and Mike Fryzuk.  My research looked at the selective reduction of prochiral imines into chiral amines at chiral catalyst analogs to Willkinson's Catalyst. 

I've had two stints as a professional chemist.  I've worked at the Naval Medical Research Institute on a project directed towards the development of an artificial blood substitute.  I've also worked for Du Pont in a titanium dioxide production facility where I provided customer and production support.  The bulk of my professional career, however, has been in academics.  I taught for one year on the faculty of what was then University of Southwestern Louisiana.  I spent sixteen years on the faculty of Governors State University where I also served as Acting Program Coordinator.  I left Governors State to accept the Chair position in the Chemistry Department at Texas A&M University - Kingsville.  I was at Kingsville for five years before coming to Monmouth as Chair.

At Monmouth, I am continuing my research centered on the chemistry of rhenium polyhydride compounds.  My work involves the synthesis of new compounds, physical characterizations of rhenium polyhydride compounds by NMR spectroscopy, and attempts to transform small organic molecules at rhenium polyhydride compounds.  My students and I have had some recent success in producing aryl-stabilized rhenium polyhydride centers and in characterizing hydrogen exchange reactions which occur at those centers.  We look to expand on those successes and to pursue a promising lead in the area of carbon-hydrogen bond activation.  I am especially pleased to be working with our Monmouth chemistry majors on these research projects.