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Ian Gould

President's Professor and Associate Director of Outreach, Online and Communications
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1604
Biography

Ian Gould is President's Professor in the School of Molecular Sciences at Arizona State University.  He received B.Sc. (1977), M.Sc. (1978) and Ph.D. (1980) degrees from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, where he worked with A. A. Gorman on the mechanisms of singlet oxygen reactions. In 1981 he joined N. J. Turro's lab at Columbia University as a postdoctoral researcher and worked on several problems in mechanistic organic chemistry, including the fast reactions of carbenes, ylides and radicals, and chemical reactions in microheterogeneous environments.  In 1986 he moved to the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, NY, where has was a member of the Corporate Research Laboratories, and also the NSF Science and Technology Center for Photoinduced Charge Transfer. In Rochester he primarily collaborated with S. Farid on the fundamental aspects of single electron transfer reactions and the reactions of radical ions.

In 1998 he moved to ASU as an Assistant Professor, was promoted to Full Professor in 2004 and appointed President's Professor in 2005.  He has over 125 refereed publications and an H-index over 45.  Current research interests are in organic geochemistry and geochemically inspired green organic chemistry.  He also has research programs in understanding student performance in  organic chemistry courses and in collaboration withe Kurt VanLehn of ASU is developing an intelligent online tutoring systems for organic chemistry.

Education

Ph.D., University of Manchester, U.K., 1980

Research Interests

Over 99.99% of the Earth's organic carbon, more than 15,000,000 Gt, does not participate in the conventional carbon cycle, but is located beneath the surface of the Earth. The reactions of this huge quantity of organic matter are important as a component of the deep geochemical carbon cycle that controls atmospheric carbon dioxide, in petroleum and natural gas processing and generation, in organic processes in marine environments, and as energy sources for deep microbial communities. From an organic chemistry perspective these reactions are very interesting in that many do not follow the "rules" of conventional organic chemistry described in textbooks. In short, most of the organic chemistry on earth is not what we teach in our classrooms!

Geochemically relevant organic reactions take place using only water as the solvent and without the need for exotic reagents. We can learn a lot from how the earth does organic chemistry. We have several research programs in this area, from understanding the chemistry of geochemically relevant organic reactions, learning how common minerals catalyze organic reactions and developing new green organic chemical processes that are inspired by geology rather than biology, i.e. geomimicry.

We use classical organic chemistry approaches to study these processes such as product analysis, isotope effects and kinetics, and also make heavy use of ab initio computations. We have also brought new techniques to the study of hydrothermal reactions including real-time Raman spectroscopy and photochemical probes of mechanism.

We also have active research projects to understand the affective factors that contribute to student success in general organic chemistry classes, and are developing constructivist methods of teaching to address the cognitive challenges that students face when learning organic chemistry. We also have NSF funding to build a web-based intelligent tutoring system for organic chemistry.

Publications

"Organic Oxidations Using Geomimicry," Yang, Z.; Hartnett, H. E.; Shock, E. L.; Gould, I. R., J. Org. Chem. 80 12159 (2015)

"Reversible Electrochemical Trapping of Carbon Dioxide Using 4,4'-Bipyridine That Does Not Require Thermal Activation," Ranjan, R.; Olson, J.; Singh, P.; Lorance, E. D.; Buttry, D. A.; Gould, I. R., J. Phys. Chem. Letters 6 4943 (2015)

"Measuring Student Performance in General Organic Chemistry," Austin, A. C.; Ben-Daat, H.; Zhu, M.; Barrows, N.; Atkinson, R. L.; Gould, I. R.,Chem. Ed. Res. Prac. 16 168 (2015)

"Hydrothermal Photochemistry as a Mechanistic Tool in Organic Geochemistry: The Chemistry of Dibenzyl Ketone," Yang, Z.; Lorance, E. D.; Bockisch, C.; Williams,, L. B.; Hartnett, H. E.; Shock, E. L.; Gould, I. R., J. Org. Chem. 79 7861 (2014)

"Sphalerite is a geochemical catalyst for carbon−hydrogen bond activation," Shipp, J. A.; Gould, I. R.; Shock, E. L.; Williams, L. B.; Hartnett, H. E.,PNAS 111 11642 (2014)

"N-Alkoxyheterocycles as Irreversible Photooxidants," Wosinska, Z. M.; Stump, F. L.; Ranjan, R.; Lorance, E. D.; Finley, G. N.; Patel, P. P.; Khawaja, M. A.; Odom, K. L.; Kramer, W. H.; Gould, I. R., Photochem. Photobiol. 90 313 (2014)

"Organic functional group transformations in water at elevated temperature and pressure: Reversibility, reactivity, and mechanisms," Shipp, J.; Gould, I. R.; Herckes, P.; Shock, E. L.; Williams, L. B.; Hartnett, H. E., Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 104 194 (2013)

"The central role of ketones in reversible and irreversible hydrothermal organic functional group transformations," Yang, Z.; Gould, I. R.; Williams, L. B.; Hartnett, H. E.; Shock, E. L., Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 98 48 (2013)

Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
CHM 194Special Topics
CHM 233General Organic Chemistry I
CHM 234General Organic Chemistry II
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
CHM 233General Organic Chemistry I
CHM 234General Organic Chemistry II
CHM 235Elementary Organic Chem Lab
CHM 237Gen Organic Chemistry Lab I
CHM 238Gen Organic Chemistry Lab II
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
CHE 593Applied Project
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
CHM 194Special Topics
CHM 233General Organic Chemistry I
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
CHM 234General Organic Chemistry II
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
CHE 593Applied Project
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
CHM 233General Organic Chemistry I
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
CHE 592Research
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
CHM 234General Organic Chemistry II
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
CHM 233General Organic Chemistry I
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
CHM 501Current Topics in Chemistry
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
CHM 234General Organic Chemistry II
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
CHM 234General Organic Chemistry II
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
CHM 233General Organic Chemistry I
CHM 501Current Topics in Chemistry
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
CHM 234General Organic Chemistry II