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Chemistry

Aaron Amick

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Education
  • Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, 2003, Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA
  • Doctorate of Philosophy, Chemistry, 2008, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
Research
  • Synthesis of Geodesic Polyarenes (Bowl-Shaped Molecules)
  • Organic Reaction Development using Transition Metals (Cobalt and Palladium)

The focus of my research program will be to develop new organic reactions for the synthesis of bioactive natural and unnatural products.

 

Teaching

My love for teaching began while I was an undergraduate at Juniata College, a school quite similar to Washington College. As a graduate student at Boston College I volunteered to be a teaching assistant whenever I had the opportunity. My first real teaching position came during my postdoctoral work when I was offered a position as an adjunct faculty member at a Cypress College, and I had a blast. At the same time I was offered and accepted a position here at Washington College starting the summer of 2009, and here I am.

The courses I will be teaching are Organic Chemistry (CHE 201 & 202), Advanced Organic Chemistry (CHE 403), and The Chemistry of Biological Molecules (CHE 303). In the future I would like to teach Organometallics and possibly a “History of Science” class.

Professional Experience
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, 2008-2009
    University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA
  • Adjunct Faculty in Chemistry, 2009
    Science, Engineering, and Math Division, Cypress College, Cypress, CA
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry, 2009-Present
  • Washington College, Chestertown, MD

Peer Reviewed Publications

  1. Aaron W. Amick, and Sara E. Martin,  “Use of External Radical Sources in Flash Vacuum Pyrolysis to Facilitate Cyclodehydrogenation Reactions in PAHs” Aust. J. Chem. 2014, Accepted.
  2. Aaron W. Amick and Nancy Cross, “An Almost Paperless Organic Chemistry Course with the Use of iPads” J. Chem. Ed. 2014, 91, 753-756.
  3. Aaron W. Amick, EdwardHoegg, Sean Harrison, Katelyn R. Houston,
Richard R. Hark, I. David Reingold, Dieter Barth, Matthias C. Letzel, and Dietmar Kuck, “Site-specific Hydrogen Exchange and Hydrogen Transfer Processes Preceding the Fragmentation of Long-lived Radical Cations of Ethyl Dihydrocinnamate and Related Arylalkanoates” Int. J. Mass Spectrom. 2012, 316–318,  206–215
  4. Aaron W. Amick, Atsushi Wakamiya, and Lawrence T. Scott, “Aryl–Aryl Bond Formation by Flash Vacuum Pyrolysis of Benzannulated Thiopyrans”J. Org. Chem. 2008, 73, 5119-5122.
  5. Aaron W. Amick and Lawrence T. Scott, Trisannulated Benzene Derivatives by Acid Catalyzed Aldol Cyclotrimerizations of Cyclic Ketones. Methodology Development and Mechanistic Insight” J. Org. Chem. 2007, 72, 3412-3418.
  6. Zhiru Ma, Merrill D. Halling, Mark S. Solum, James K. Harper, Anita M. Orendt, Julio C. Facelli, Ronald J. Pugmire, David M. Grant, Aaron W. Amick, and Lawrence T. Scott, “Ring Current Effects in Crystals. Evidence from 13C Chemical Shift Tensors for Intermolecular Shielding in 4,7-Di-t-butylacenaphthene versus 4,7-Di-t-butylacenaphthylene”J. Phys. Chem. 2007,111, 2020-2027.
  7. Aaron W. Amick, Keith S. Griswold, and Lawrence T. Scott, Synthesis and Aldol Cyclotrimerization of 4,7-Di-tert-butylacenaphthenone”Can. J. Chem. 2006,84, 1268-72.

Non-Peer Reviewed Publications

  1. Aaron W. Amick, EdwardHoegg, Sean Harrison, Katelyn R. Houston,
Richard R. Hark, I. David Reingold, Dieter Barth, Matthias C. Letzel, and Dietmar Kuck, “Site-specific Hydrogen Exchange and Hydrogen Transfer Processes Preceding the Fragmentation of Long-lived Radical Cations of Ethyl Dihydrocinnamate and Related Arylalkanoates” CUR Undergraduate Research Highlights. Fall 2012, 33, 34.

Presentations

  1. Aaron W. Amick, “The Development of New Chemical Methods for the Synthesis of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons”Invited Lecture at the University of Delaware, Newark, DE, April 10, 2014.
  2. Aaron W. Amick, Matthew Streeter, Kristen Wille, and Michael Giroux, “A New Palladium Catalyzed Method for the Synthesis of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Novel Aromatic Ketones” Abstracts of Papers, Physical Organic Chemistry, Gordon Research Conference, Plymouth, NH, June 23 – June 28, 2013.
  3. Aaron W. Amick, “The Development of New Chemical Methods for the Synthesis of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons”Invited Lecture at Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA, February 8, 2013.
  4. Aaron W. Amick, “The Development of New Chemical Methods for the Synthesis of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons”Invited Lecture at Chevron Corporation, Richmond, CA August 13, 2012.
  5. Aaron W. Amick, Jordan Tryhubenko, Matthew Streeter, Edward Hoegg, Sean Harrison, and Heather Sheridan, “Progress Towards a New Palladium Catalyzed Indenoannulation Method for the Synthesis of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons” Abstracts of Papers, Physical Organic Chemistry, Gordon Research Conference, Plymouth, NH, June 26 – July 1, 2011.
  6. Aaron W. Amick and Lawrence T. Scott, Methodology Development in Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Synthesis” Abstracts of Papers, 234th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Boston, MA, American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2007; Paper ORGN 995.
  7. Aaron W. Amick and Lawrence T. Scott, “Trisannulated Benzene Derivatives by Acid Catalyzed Aldol Cyclotrimerizations of Cyclic Ketones: Methodology Development and Mechanistic Insight” Abstracts of Papers, 234th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Boston, MA; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2007; ORGN 767.
  8. Aaron W. Amick and Lawrence T. Scott, “Progress Towards the Chemical Synthesis of Carbon Nanotubes”Invited Lecturer at Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA, June 2006.
  9. Ronald J. Pugmire, David M. Grant, Zhiru Ma, Mark S. Sojum, Anita M. Orendt, Julio Facelli, Aaron W. Amick, and Lawrence T. Scott, “Carbon-13 Chemical Shift Tensors in Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds: Experimental and Theoretical Approach” Abstract of Papers,International Symposium on Novel Aromatic Compounds, August 2005.
  10. Zhiru Ma, Merrill D. Halling, Mark S. Solum, Lawrence T. Scott, Aaron W. Amick, Ronald J. Pugmire, and David M. Grant, “Carbon-13 Chemical Shift Tensors in Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds: Experimental and Theoretical Approach”Abstract of Papers,15th Meeting of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, October 2004.
  11. Aaron W. Amick and Lawrence T. Scott, “Convergent Study of the Synthesis of Fullerenes and Fullerene Fragments Invited Lecturer at Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA, April 2004.
  12. Aaron W. Amick and I. David Reingold, “Progress Towards the Synthesis of 1,5-Methylenesemibullvalene” Abstracts of Papers, 225th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, New Orleans, LA; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, March 2003; Paper CHED 510.