Dr. Paul Scudder

Emeritus Professor of Chemistry


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Palmer E 124


Heiser E172C


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Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
B.S., Stanford University

Professor Scudder teaches the organic chemistry sequence and courses and tutorials in related areas. He regularly offers courses in advanced organic chemistry and in structure elucidation. His current research is in the synthesis of interesting organic compounds for electrochemical and spectroscopic studies, chiral catalysis, and enzymatic model studies. Professor Scudder is the author of the text Electron Flow in Organic Chemistry.

Recent Courses

Instrumental Methods
Structure Elucidation ISP
Organic Chemistry 1 & 2
Advanced Organic Chemistry

Selected Publications

Electron Flow in Organic Chemistry: A Decision-Based Guide to Organic Mechanisms, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons: New York, (2013), 448 pages.

“Magneto-structural relationships for radical cation and neutral pyridinophane structures with intrabridgehead nitrogen atoms”. An integrated experimental and quantum mechanical study. Ffrancon Williams, Guo-Fei Chen, Saba M. Mattar, Paul H. Scudder, Dwight A. Trieber II, Jeffery G. Saven, David C. Whritenour, Paola Cimino, Vencenzo Baron. J Phys Chem B. (2009), 113, 9026-34.

“Study of the non-covalent interactions in Langmuir–Blodgett films: An interplay between π-π and dipole–dipole interactions.” Zhexiong Tang, Malkiat S. Johal, Paul Scudder, Niña Caculitan, Rudolph J. Magyar, Sergei Tretiak, and Hsing-Lin Wang.Thin Solid Films (2007), 516, 58-66

“In Situ Kinetics of Layer-by-Layer Assembled Nonlinear-Optical-Active Amphiphiles from Dynamic Surface Force Measurements.” Niña G. Caculitan, Paul H. Scudder, Analiz Rodriguez, Joanna L. Casson, Hsing-Lin Wang, Jeanne M. Robinson, and Malkiat S. Johal; Langmuir (2004), 20, 8735-8739

“A Decision-Based Course in Organic Chemistry,” Paul H. Scudder, in Instructors’ Manual for Organic Chemistry Structure and Reactivity Fourth Edition Seyhan Ege, Brian Coppola, Roberta Kleinman, and Peggy Zitek, (1999), 1-7, Houghton Mifflin Co.

“‘Generate and Select’ as an Active-Learning Approach to Teaching Chemistry,” Paul H. Scudder, in Student-Active Science: Models of Innovation in College Science Teaching. Ann P. McNeal and Charlene D’Avanzo, editors, (1997), 337-351, Saunders College Publishing.

“Database vs. Expert System Teaching Paradigms: Using Organic Reaction Mechanisms to Teach Chemical Intuition.” Paul H. ScudderJ. Chem. Educ. (1997), 777-781.

“A Chemical Model for the Activation of Pyruvate-Formate-Lyase.” Jack E. Baldwin, David Brown, Paul H. Scudder, and Mark E. Wood; Tetrahedron Letters, (1995), 2105-2108.

“Use of Reaction Cubes for Generation and Display of Multiple Mechanistic Pathways.” Paul H. Scudder; J. Org. Chem., (1990), 55, 4238-4240.