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Jeffrey Mills

Senior Lecturer
School of Chemistry and Materials Science
College of Science
Director of the Science Exploration Program

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Jeffrey Mills

Senior Lecturer
School of Chemistry and Materials Science
College of Science
Director of the Science Exploration Program

Education

BS, Juniata College; Ph.D., University at Buffalo


Areas of Expertise

Currently Teaching

CHMA-740
3 Credits
A graduate level lecture and laboratory course designed to teach a student how to use a Bruker high-resolution NMR spectrometer to perform a variety of chemical analyses. Students are presented a series of brief descriptions of how to perform various functions and experiments on a Bruker NMR. Students then receive hands-on training and perform the experiment. Specific operations taught include: file management, magnet shimming, probe tuning, parameter optimization, pulse sequence development, one-dimensional and two-dimensional acquisitions, variable temperature studies, data processing, diffusion measurements, and measuring relaxation times. This course serves as mechanism to gain different levels of access to the Chemistry Department's NMR spectrometers.
CHEM-495
1 - 3 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed student project or research involving laboratory work, computer modeling, or theoretical calculations that could be considered of an original nature. The level of study is appropriate for students in their final two years of study.
CHEM-493
1 - 3 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed student project or research in chemistry that could be considered of an original nature.
CHMB-402
3 Credits
This course introduces the structure and function of biological macromolecules and their metabolic pathways. The relationship between the three-dimensional structure of proteins and their function in enzymatic catalysis will be examined. Membrane structure and the physical laws that apply to metabolic processes will also be discussed.
GSCI-102
3 Credits
This course continues to prepare students within the College of Science for choosing a major through an intensive, team-based research project. The project is selected each year by the faculty and is presented to the class as a goal. The students will self-organize into groups, define group sub-goals, conduct research, communicate their results on a weekly basis, and integrate the modules into a final, complete research paper that is presented at the end of the third term. Students will be graded on their teamwork, individual and group creativity, scientific rigor, thoroughness of supporting research results, and the overall quality of the final research paper. Students will present a formal project report at the end of the term to faculty and staff.
CHEM-301
1 - 3 Credits
This course allows students to assist in a class or laboratory for which they have previously earned credit. The student will assist the instructor in the operation of the course. Assistance by the student may include fielding questions, helping in workshops, and assisting in review sessions. In the case of labs, students may also be asked to help with supervising safety practices, waste manifestation, and instrumentation.
CHMA-161
3 Credits
This course will introduce students to quantitative methods. The course will cover gravimetric techniques, equilibria, statistical methods, and solution chemistry. In addition, equilibrium for polyprotic acids, electrochemistry and potentiometry will be discussed.
GSCI-101
3 Credits
This course prepares students within the College of Science for choosing a major through an intensive, team-based research project. The project is selected each year by the faculty and is presented to the class as a goal. The students will self-organize into groups, define group sub-goals, conduct research, communicate their results on a weekly basis, and integrate the modules into a final, complete research paper that is presented at the end of the second term. Students will be graded on their teamwork, individual and group creativity, scientific rigor, thoroughness of supporting research results, and the overall quality of the final research paper.
ITDS-189
1 - 3 Credits
This is an introductory course on a topic that is not part of the formal curriculum. This course is structured as an ordinary course and has specific prerequisites, contact hours, and examination procedures.

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Journal Paper
Mills, Jeffrey L., et al. "Cyclopropenation of Internal Alkynylsilanes and Diazoacetates Catalyzed by Copper(I) N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complexes." Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry 14. 5 (2016): 1742--1747. Print.