Gary D. De Boer

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Publications and Presentations
 

Professional
 

LeTourneau University
 

Dept. of Chemistry and Physics
 

Research

 

 

 

 

 

Academic 

Ph.D.  Physical Chemistry, The University of Iowa  (1998)

B.A.  Major in Chemistry, minor in Mathematics, Calvin College (1986)

Professional Experience

Professor of Chemistry

LeTourneau University.  (1998-present)

Responsible for lectures and laboratory instruction in general, physical, quantum mechanics, computational, and inorganic chemistry as well as undergraduate research in chemistry.

 

Naval Research Laboratory Summer Faculty Fellow

Washington, DC (2008)

Nano fabrication of antennae, emitters, chemical sensors, and other materials.

 

US Air Force Research Laboratory Summer Faculty Fellow 

Air Force Research Laboratory/Space Vehicles Directorate 

Hanscom Air Force Base, MA (2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007)

Atmospheric chemistry involving NO, CO2, O and O2.  

 

NASA Summer Faculty Fellow

Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX  (1999, 2000, 2003, 2004)

Carbon nanotubes, growth and characterization.

 

Research Assistant

The University of Iowa.  (1996-8)

Studied laser induced photochemistry in weakly bound molecular complexes formed in a molecular beam and coupled with a time-of-flight mass spectrometer (TOF-MS). 

 

Teaching Assistant

The University of Iowa.  (1993-6)                                          

Successfully led discussions, lectured, and graded:  general chemistry, physical chemistry, and physical chemistry laboratory.

 

Assistant Chemist,

Gentex Corp., Zeeland, Michigan.  (1989-93)

R&D in electrochromics for application in automotive rear view mirrors.  Responsibilities included:  electrochemistry, HPLC, IR, UV-vis, GC/MS, synthesis, protocol development for device and materials testing, interfacing with engineering and production.

 

Peace Corps. Volunteer

Republic of Kiribati.  (1987-8)

Secondary education in general science and mathematics.  Duties included:  classroom and laboratory instruction, dormitory supervision, career counseling, athletics coordination, and membership on the national committee on athletics in secondary schools.

 

Cabin Dad

Honey Rock Camp, Wheaton College.  (May 1986-December 1986)

Responsible for the growth and development of six teenage boys in a summer camp program which developed work-ethics and self esteem through manual labor. 

Awards

Naval Research Laboratory, Summer Faculty Fellow, (2008)

US Air Force, Summer Faculty Fellow, (2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007)

NASA-ASEE Summer Faculty Fellow. (1999, 2000, 2003, 200

D. C. Spriestersbach Dissertation Prize Nominee,  The University of Iowa. (2000)

Hancher-Finkbine Medallion Nominee, The University of Iowa.  (1998)

American Institute of Chemists Graduate Award, (Department Thesis Award) The University of Iowa.  (1998)

Departmental Fellowship, The University of Iowa.  (1997)

Departmental Scholarship, The University of Iowa.  (1993)

Certificate of Appreciation, United States of America. (1987)

Outstanding Volunteer Award, Calvin College.  (1986)

Freshman Scholarship, Calvin College.  (1982)

 

 

Publications

 

G. DEBOER, J.W. BURNETT, A. FUJIMOTO and M.A.YOUNG

"Photodissociation dynamics of the Charge-Transfer State of the C6H6-I2 Complex" 

J. Phys. Chem., 100, 14882 (1996)

 

G. DEBOER, J.W. BURNETT, and M.A. YOUNG

"Molecular Product Formation from the Charge-Transfer State of C6H6-I2"

Chem. Phys. Lett., 259, 368 (1996)

 

M.A. YOUNG, G. DEBOER, A. FUJIMOTO, N. IWASAKI, H.TROURE, AND I. YOURSHAW. 

"Supersonic Jet Spectroscopic Study of of 1-Methyl-2(1H(D))-pyridinimine" 

Bull. Chem. Soc. Japan, 70, 561 (1997)

 

G. DEBOER and M.A. YOUNG 

"Photochemistry and Dynamics of C6H6-O2 Clusters at 226 nm"  J. Phys. Chem., 106, 13 (1997)

   

G. DEBOER, S. AREPALLI, W. HOLMES, P. NIKOLAEV, C. RANGE, and C. SCOTT

"Detection of Nickel Atom by Laser Induced Fluorescence During Carbon Nanotube Formation in a Laser Produced Plume"

J. Appl. Phys. A., 89, 5760 (2001)

   

G. DEBOER, A. PRESZLER-PRINCE  and M.A. YOUNG

"Charge-Transfer Mediated Photochemistry in Alkene-O2 Complexes "

J. Chem. Phys., 115, 3112 (2001)

 

G. DEBOER, P. PATEL, A. PRESZLER-PRINCE and M.A. YOUNG

"A Pulsed Mixing Valve for Generating Reactive Complexes in a Supersonic Expansion"

Rev. Sci. Inst., 72, 3375 (2001).

 

J.A. DODD, E. S. HWANG, and K. J. CASTLE, and G. DEBOER

"O + CnH2n Products Detected via IR Emission: I.  O  + C2H4J. Phys. Chem. A., 108, 10965  (2004)

 

G. DEBOER and J.A. DODD

"Ab initio energies and product channels for the O + C3H6 reaction" J. Phys. Chem. A., 111, 12977 (2007)

 

 

Manuscripts in preparation

 

G. DEBOER and J.A. DODD

"Ab initio energies and product channels for the O + CHO reaction"

Submitted for publication to J. Phys. Chem., September, 2008

 

 

 

Presentations

 

"Molecular Beam Studies Of The Classic Charge-Transfer Complex:  Benzene-I2"  The University of Iowa,  April 6, 1995

 "Oxygen Atom Production From Alkene-O2 Complexes"  The University of Iowa,  March 13, 1997

 "Dancing Electrons Lead To Molecular Break Ups And Bitter Atoms:  a charge-transfer pathway to the production of ozone depleting agents."  Wheaton College (Illinois),  March 3, 1998

"Weakly Bound and Charge-Transfer Complexes Studied in the Supersonic Molecular Beam"  The University of Iowa, March 5, 1998

“Charge-Transfer And Photodissociative Pathways: unique chemistry in small clusters” Ouachita Baptist University, April 20, 1998

“When Two Molecules are Better than One”  LeTourneau University, April 27, 1998

“Photochemistry In Weakly Bound Clusters: charge-transfer and cage effects”  The University of Iowa,  July 31, 1998

“Diagnostics of the Formation of Carbon Nanotubes in a Laser Produced Plume: Laser Ablation Atomic Fluorescence Spectroscopy of Nickel”  Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX.  August 19, 2000 

 

"Analysis of C2 Emission Spectra of a Laser Produced Plume under Various Laser Ablation Conditions"  Jointly presented with Carmen Range, Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX.  March 16, 2001   

     

"Carbon Nanotube Formation: Detection of Ni Atom and C2 by Laser Induced Fluorescence"  Hanscom Air Force Base, Hanscom, MA.  June 14, 2001

    

"Charge-Transfer Mediated Photochemistry in Alkene-O2 Complexes"

Hanscom Air Force Base, Hanscom, MA.  July 26, 2001

 

"Kinetics and Product Channel Distribution in Alkene-O atom Chemistry"

Hanscom Air Force Base, Hanscom, MA. July 26, 2002

 

"Defending the Free World:  the chemistry of missile defense”"

LeTourneau University, Longview, TX. March 6, 2003

 

“Diagnostics of the Formation of Carbon Nanotubes in a Laser Produced Plume: Laser Ablation Atomic Fluorescence Spectroscopy of Nickel”  LeTourneau University, Longview, TX.  April 3, 2003 

 

"Carbon Nanotube Diagnostics:  Surface Temperature and Detection of Baby Nanotubes"  NASA-JSC, August 7, 2003

 

"Carbon Nanotube Diagnostics:  Surface Temperature and Detection of Baby Nanotubes"  LeTourneau University, Longview, TX, September 11, 2003

 

"Christ and Culture, Christ and Education, Christ and Science, a chemist's theological musings"  LeTourneau University, Longview, TX, February 5, 2004

 

"Target Surface Temperature and In situ Detection of Carbon Nanotubes During Production in a Laser Produced Plume" NASA-JSC, August 2, 2004

 

"The Search for Baby Nanotubes" LeTourneau University, Longview, TX  September 30, 2004

 

"Diagnostics of Carbon Nanotubes During Formation in a Laser Produced Plume"

Rice University, Houston, TX, January 7, 2005

"Christian University? Christian Science?  Breakin' Down the Wall" LeTourneau University, Longview, TX, February 8, 2005

"Modeling O atom Chemistry with Gaussian '03:  detecting origins and payloads of rockets and ballistic missiles" Hanscom AFB, August 17, 2005

"Topless Dancing Girls and Naked Boys Running on the Beach - Life as a Peace Corps. Volunteer"  LeTourneau University, Longview, TX, February 9, 2006

 

"Computational Modeling of O + C2H6 and O + C3H6" poster presentation,

US Air Force Research Laboratory: Molecular Dynamics Conference, Arlington, VA, June 5, 2006

 

"Effect of three-ablation laser combinations on the C2 emission spectra produced during the formation of carbon nanotubes in a laser produced plume"   (invited)

American Chemical Society 62nd Southwest Regional Meeting, Houston, TX, October 21, 2006

 

"Chemistry, is it more than surface deep” 

LeTourneau University, Longview, TX , November 16, 2006

"Christian University?  Christian Science?  Breakin' down the walls", LeTourneau University, Longview, TX, March 29, 2007

"The Kiribati Islands and Global Warming: welcoming the new millennium”  Kilgore Lions Club, Kilgore, TX, May 3, 2007

"Ab initio energies and product channels for the O + CHO reaction" 

Hanscom Air Force Base, Hanscom, MA. July 7, 2007

 

"Modeling Summer Fashions in Chemistry:  the far out radical behavior of atomic oxygen" 

LeTourneau University, Longview, TX, October 4, 2007

 

"Nanoscience: when small is BIG" 

LeTourneau University, Longview, TX, September 11, 2008

 

 

Professional Activities        

Faculty co-sponsor of Science Club, LeTourneau University, 2000-present

Science Seminar Coordinator, LeTourneau University, 2000-present

Academic Affairs Committee, chair, LeTourneau University, 2000-2001

Information Technology Committee, LeTourneau University, 1999-2003

Safety and Loss Committee, LeTourneau University, 2002-2004

Family Housing Association, The University of Iowa, 1995-1998

Graduate Student Senator, The University of Iowa, 1993-1998

National Committee on Athletics in Secondary Education, Republic of Kiribati, 1986-1987

Co-president of apartment complex, Calvin College, 1985-1986

Photography editor, Calvin College Chimes, 1985-1986

Volunteer, Student Volunteer Service, Calvin College, 1982-1986

 

 

Societies

 

American Chemical Society

American Scientific Affiliation

Chemists without Borders

 

 

Current Research

 

Computational studies of O atom reactions for space based applications. 

(May 2005-present)

 

Nanofabrication of antennae, emitters, and chemical sensors. (June 2008- present)