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Michael Coleman

Associate Professor
School of Chemistry and Materials Science
College of Science

585-475-5108
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Michael Coleman

Associate Professor
School of Chemistry and Materials Science
College of Science

Education

BS, Ph.D., University of Buffalo

585-475-5108

Areas of Expertise
Synthetic Organic Chemistry
Organometallic catalysis
Radiochemistry
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Currently Teaching

CHMO-750
3 Credits
The course will explore a litany of named organic reactions with an emphasis on the reaction mechanisms. Learning the mechanism to the named reactions is a classical way to teach organic chemistry students the rules of mechanism writing. Having a dictionary type recall of the named reactions is a fundamental tool for success in organic chemistry. This course will introduce the students to new reagents and reactions by surveying named organic reactions with an emphasis on the reaction mechanisms. The goal of the course is to generate an understanding of the reaction mechanism and use that understanding to predict the reactivity of substrates in organic chemical reactions.
CHEM-790
1 - 6 Credits
Dissertation research by the candidate for an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor.
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.
CHMO-710
1 Credits
This course will be a survey of the recent literature in organic chemistry with a focus on the chemistry concerning the synthesis of natural products and/or methodology towards synthesizing natural products. During each week of the course a student is selected to lead a discussion based on an article from a premier journal. This course may be repeated for credit.
CHMO-332
3 Credits
This course is a comprehensive study of the structure, reactions and synthesis of the following functional groups: aromatic rings, ketones, aldehydes, and carboxylic acids and their derivatives. Students will apply their knowledge from CHMO-331 to predict products and derive mechanisms that describe various organic reactions.
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.
CHMO-636
3 Credits
This course covers the theory and application of proton, carbon-13, and correlation nuclear magnetic resonance, infrared, and mass spectrometry for organic structure determination.
CHEM-773
1 Credits
Chemists are required to communicate information about their research, laboratory, and themselves orally. Graduate Chemistry Seminar III is the third in a series of four courses designed to develop the ability to assimilate useful information and organize a chemistry seminar while increasing a student's breadth and depth of knowledge of chemical research topics. This seminar requires students to attend weekly chemistry seminars and write seminar summaries throughout the four semesters. Additionally, each student must invite, organize, host, and introduce an external seminar speaker to participate in the Chemistry Seminar Series.
CHEM-774
1 Credits
Professional chemists are required to communicate information about their research, laboratory, and themselves orally. Graduate Chemistry Seminar IV is the fourth in a series of four courses designed to develop the ability to assimilate useful information and organize a chemistry seminar while increasing a student's breadth and depth of knowledge of chemical research topics. This seminar requires the students to attend weekly chemistry seminars and write seminar summaries. Additionally, each student will present a seminar summarizing their thesis research at RIT which serves as the public portion of their thesis defense.
CHEM-772
1 Credits
Chemists are required to communicate information about their research, laboratory, and themselves orally. Graduate Chemistry Seminar II is the second in a series of four courses designed to develop the ability to assimilate useful information and organize a chemistry seminar while increasing a student's breadth and depth of knowledge of chemical research topics. This seminar requires the students to attend weekly chemistry seminars and write seminar summaries.
CHEM-780
1 - 4 Credits
Chemistry project accomplished by the MS student for an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the project advisor.
CHEM-799
1 - 3 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed tutorial of appropriate topics that are not part of the formal curriculum. The level of study is appropriate for a masters-level student.
CHMO-331
3 Credits
This course is a rigorous study of the structure, nomenclature, reactions and synthesis of the following functional groups: alkanes, alkenes, and alkynes. The course will also provide an introduction to chemical bonding, IR and NMR spectroscopy, acid and base reactions, stereochemistry, nucleophilic substitution reactions, alkene, and alkyne reactions. This course will require the use of mechanisms in describing and predicting organic reactions.

Select Scholarship

Journal Paper
Coleman, Michael G., 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.
Coleman, Michael G., 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.
Rodrigo, Sanjeewa K., et al. "Efficient and Regioselective Nickel-Catalyzed [2 + 2 + 2] Cyclotrimerization of Ynoates and Related Alkynes." Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry 11. (2013): 7653-7657. Print.
Coleman, Michael G., et al. "Highly Selective CuI-Catalyzed Synthesis of Tetra-substituted Furans and Cyclopropenes via a Two-Component Cycloaddition of Electron-rich Internal Alkynes and Diazoacetate Compounds." Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry 10. (2012): 7483 - 7486. Print.
Published Article
Coleman, Michael G., A.N. Brown, B.A. Bolton, H. Guan. “Iron-Catalyzed Oppenauer-Type Oxidation of Alcohols.” Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis, 352.6 (2010): 967-970. Print. «