Erich Uffelman

Cincinnati Professor of Chemistry

Erich Uffelman

Science Addition A427
540.458.8040
uffelmane@wlu.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 2011 McCrone Research Institute course in "Scanning Electron Microscopy and  X-ray Microanalysis"
  • 2010 McCrone Research Institute course in "Microscopy for the Conservator of Art and Artifacts" (part of sabbatical leave)
  • 2006 Sabbatical leave with Professor M.G. Finn, The Scripps Research Institute
  • 2001 Sabbatical leave with Professor M.G. Finn, The Scripps Research Institute
  • 1991-1993 NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Professor James P. Collman, Stanford University
  • 1991 Ph.D., NSF Predoctoral Fellow, Chemistry, California Institute of Technology, Professor Terrence J. Collins;
    • Thesis Topic: Macrocyclic Tetraamido-N Ligands that Stabilize High-Valent Complexes of Chromium, Manganese, Iron, Cobalt, Nickel, and Copper
  • 1984 B.S., magna cum laude, Chemistry, Bucknell University

 

Professional Positions

 

  • 2012-     Society of the Cincinnati Professor of Chemistry, Washington and Lee University (endowed chair)
  • 2008-2012    Professor of Chemistry, Washington and Lee University
  • 1999-2008 Associate Professor of Chemistry, Washington and Lee University
  • 1993-1999 Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Washington and Lee University

Research

The Uffelman group is developing a set of novel polyamide macrocyclic ligands in order to expand the fundamental chemistry and Green Chemistry applications of iron-catalyzed oxidation reactions. Currently we are in our third iteration of ligand syntheses, which has been highly successful. This research program has, to date, involved fifty different undergraduates, who gain experience in various NMR techniques, IR spectroscopy, inert atmosphere synthetic methods, and organic and inorganic synthesis. Sixteen of these students have done more than one summer of research in the group.

The Uffelman group also uses MS methods, portable XRF, digital IR photography, SEM-EDS, and stereomicroscopy to investigate art and cultural objects both in collaboration with other museums and universities as well as with W&L collections and faculty and staff.

 

Pedagogical Research
Novel undergraduate experiments involving NMR methodology or Green Chemistry are developed.

In addition, technical analysis of 17th century Dutch painting is used to teach an interdisciplinary non-science majors course at the interface of chemistry, physics, analytical instrumentation, history, economics, and religion. The course takes students abroad to The Netherlands for four weeks.

Uffelman has participated since 2005 in helping teach the NSF CWCS Chemistry in Art Workshops run by Patricia Hill and Michael Henchman. Uffelman and W&L hosted the 2008 workshop.

Research Students Supervised
Fifty-five at W&L---several for more than one summer or semester (Tamara Hopkins, T. R. Kinsey, Ryan Aday, Matthew Smith, Robert Eison, Anna Mirk, Hilary Rhodes, Jesse Taylor, Holly Layman, Charity Forstmann, Daniel Lee, Anne McElhaney, Jon Doherty, Leonard Rorrer, Carl Schulze, Stephen Hopkins, Michele Connors, Robert Hughes, Alison Cartwright, Ashley Shreves, Tom Stoklasek, Kristen Bonnema, Amy Burke, Gary Davis, Mac Everist, Tanya Watson, Ashley Acker, Bryan Carmody, Andrew Thomas, Marisa Meyer, Johnathan Coleman, Nana Ohene-Baah, Jessica Lloyd, Matthew Reilley, Jared Meyer, Emily Binns, Christopher Diebold, Carly Levin, Scot Pittman, Robert Whitener, Kehvon Clark, Elizabeth Webb, Zachary Haulsee, M. Ian Childers, Kendall Massengill, Carolyn Small, Allison Lemon, Charles William Heaps III, EW Malachosky, Derek Barisas, Riley Hampsch, Grace Lee, Victoria Andrews, Lindsay Burns, Samuel Florescu)

Teaching

  • Chem 110 General Chemistry
  • Chem 156 Science in Art
  • Chem 250 Intermediate Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • Chem 350 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • Arth 356 Science in Art: Technical Examination of 17th-Century Dutch Paintings

Courses Previously Taught

  • Chem 111 General Chemistry
  • Chem 206 Survey of the Periodic Table
  • Chem 207 Synthesis of Inorganic Complexes
  • Chem 241 Organic Chemistry Lecture
  • Chem 242 Organic Chemistry Lecture
  • Chem 241L Organic Chemistry Laboratory
  • Chem 242L Organic Chemistry Laboratory
  • Chem 243L Organic Spectroscopy Laboratory
  • Chem 252 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
  • Chem 254 Bioinorganic Chemistry Chemistry
  • 295 Special Topics in Solid State Chemistry
  • Chem 297A Materials of 17th Century Dutch Art
  • Chem 297B Instrumental Methods in Art Conservation
  • Univ 202 Science in Art
  • Art 380 Seminar in 17th Century Dutch Art

 

Selected Publications

Uffelman, E. S.; Hobbs, P. A.; Barisas, D. A. G.; Mass, J. L., "pXRF Analyses of Louise Herreshoff's Paintings in Relation to CdS and Other Pigment Degradation Issues." Applied Physics A: Materials Science & Processing; 2013; A111, 9-14.

Bradley, L.; Meloni, S.; Uffelman, E. S.; Mass, J. L., "Scientific Examination and Treatment of a Painting by Gijsbert Gillisz d'Hondecoeter in the Mauritshuis." In Collaborative Endeavors in the Chemical Analysis of Art and Cultural Heritage Materials, Lang, P. L.; Armitage, R. A., Eds. American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2012; pp 23-49.

Uffelman, E. S.; Court, E.; Marciari, J.; Miller, A.; Cox, L., "Handheld XRF Analyses of Two Veronese Paintings." In Collaborative Endeavors in the Chemical Analysis of Art and Cultural Heritage Materials, Lang, P. L.; Armitage, R. A., Eds. American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2012; pp 51-73.

Uffelman, E. S.; Fuchs, R. W. II; Hobbs, P. A.; Sturdy, L. F.; Bowman, D. S.; Barisas, D. A. G., "Technical Examination of Cultural Heritage Objects Associated with George Washington." In Collaborative Endeavors in the Chemical Analysis of Art and Cultural Heritage Materials, Lang, P. L.; Armitage, R. A., Eds. American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2012; pp 251-283.

Uffelman, E. S. The Emergence and Spread of "Chemistry in Art" Undergraduate Courses in United States Universities, International Council of Museums Conservation Committee Triennial 16th Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, September 19-23, 2011, 2011; Criterio: Lisbon, Portugal, 2011; paper 312; 1-8.

Uffelman, E. S. "Teaching Science in Art: Technical Examination of 17th-Century Dutch Painting as Interdisciplinary Coursework for Science Majors and Nonmajors" J. Chem. Educ. 2007, 83, 1617-1624.

Uffelman, E. S. "A Review of Materials for Teaching Science in Art: Technical Examination of 17th-Century Dutch Painting as Interdisciplinary Course Work for Non-Science and Science Majors" J. Chem. Educ. 2007, October Web Online, 38 pages. http://www.jce.divched.org/Journal/Supplements/index.html.

Uffelman, E. S. "NMR Studies of Polyamide Macrocyclic Tetradentate Ligands and Their Complexes Relevant to Green Chemistry (with Other Inorganic/Organometallic Experiments)" in Modern NMR Spectroscopy in Education; Stockland, R. A.; Rovnyak, D.; Eds.; ACS Symposium Series 969; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2007 300-316.

Uffelman, E. S. "News from Online: Renewable Resources" J. Chem. Educ. 2007, 83, 220-222.

Weng, T-C.; Hsieh, W-Y.; Uffelman, E. S.; Gordon-Wylie, S. W.; Collins, T. J.; Pecoraro, V. L.; Penner-Hahn, J. E. "XANES Evidence Against a Manganyl Species in the S3 state of the Oxygen Evolving Complex" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2004, 126, 8070-8071.

Uffelman, E. S. "News from Online: Green Chemistry" J. Chem. Educ. 2004, 81, 172-176.

Uffelman, E. S.; Doherty, J. R.; Schulze, C.; Burke, A. L.; Bonnema, K.; Watson, T. T.; Lee, D. W., III "Microscale Syntheses, Reactions, and 1H NMR Spectroscopic Investigations of Square Planar Macrocyclic Tetraamido-N Co(III) Complexes Relevant to Green Chemistry" J. Chem. Educ. 2004, 81, 325-329.

Uffelman, E. S.; Doherty, J. R.; Schulze, C.; Burke, A. L.; Bonnema, K.; Watson, T. T.; Lee, D. W., III "Microscale Syntheses, Reactions, and 1H NMR Spectroscopic Investigations of Square Planar Macrocyclic Tetraamido-N Cu(III) Complexes Relevant to Green Chemistry" J. Chem. Educ. 2004, 81, 182-185.

Uffelman, E. S.; Cox, E. H.; Goehring, J. B.; Lorig, T. S.; Davis, C. M. "An NMR-Smell Module for the First Semester General Chemistry Laboratory" J. Chem. Educ., 2003, 80, 1368-1371.

Rorrer, L. C.; Hopkins, S. D.; Connors, M. K.; Lee, D. W.,III; Smith, M. V.; Rhodes, H. J.; Uffelman, E. S. "A Convenient New Route to Tetradentate and Pentadentate Macrocyclic Ligands" Organic Letters 1999, 1, 1157-1159.

France, M. B.; Uffelman, E. S. "Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization with a Well-Defined Rutheniium Carbene Complex: An Experiment for the Undergraduate Inorganic or Polymer Laboratory" J. Chem. Educ., 1999, 5, 661-665.

Bartos, M. J.; Gordon-Wylie, S. W.; Fox, B. G.; Wright, L. J.; Weintraub, S. T.; Kauffman, K. E.; Münck, E.; Kosta, K. L.; Uffelman, E. S.; Rickard, C. E. F.; Noon, K. R.; Collins, T. J.; "Designing Ligands to Achieve Robust Oxidation Catalysts. Iron Based Systems" Coord. Chem. Rev. 1998, 174, 361-390.

Collins, T. J.; Bartos, M. J.; Gordon-Wylie, S. W.; Fox, B. G.; Kauffmann, K. E.; Münk, E.; Rickard, C. E. F.; Weintraub, S. T.; Uffelman, E. S.; Wright, L. "Designing Ligands to Achieve Robust Atom-Transfer Oxidation Catalysts," J. Inorg. Biochem. 1995, 59, 318-319.

Collman, J. P.; Zhang, X.; Herrmann, P. C.; Uffelman, E. S.; Boitrel, B.; Straumanis, A.; Brauman, J. I. "Congruent Multiple Michael Addition for the Synthesis of Biometric Heme Analogues," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1994, 116, 2681-2682.

Collman, J. P.; Zhang, X.; Lee, V. J.; Uffelman, E. S.; Brauman, J. I. "Regioselective and Enantioselective Epoxidation Catalyzed by Metalloporphyrins," Science (Washington, D. C.) 1993, 261, 1404-1411

Collins, T. J.; Kostka, K. L.; Uffelman, E. S.; Weinberger, T. "Design, Synthesis, and Structure of a Macrocyclic Tetraamide That Stabilizes High-Valent Middle and Later Transition Metals," Inorg. Chem. 1991, 30, 4204-4210

Collins, T. J.; Nichols, T. R.; Uffelman, E. S. "A Square-Planar Nickel(III) Complex of an Innocent Ligand System," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1991, 113, 4708-4709.

Collins, T. J.; Powell, R. D.; Slebodnick, C.; Uffelman, E. S. "Stable Highly Oxidizing Cobalt complexes of Macrocyclic Tetraamide Ligands," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1991, 113, 8419-8425.

Collins, T. J.; Kostka, K. L.; Münk, E.; Uffelman, E. S. "Stabilization of Mononuclear Five-Coordinate Iron (IV)," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1990, 112, 5637-5639.

Collins, T. J.; Powell, R. D.; Slebodnick, C.; Uffelman, E. S. "A Water-Stable Manganese(V)-Oxo Complex: Definitive Assignment of a v(Mn-O) Triple Bond Infrared Vibration," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1990, 112, 899-901.

Collins, T. J.; Slebodnick, C.; Uffelman, E. S. "Chromium(V)-Oxo Complexes of Macrocyclic Tetraamido-N Ligands Tailored for Highly Oxidized Middle Transition Metal Complexes: A 18O-Labelling Reagent and a Structure with Four Nonplanar Amides," Inorg. Chem. 1990, 29, 3432-3436.

Collins, T. J.; Uffelman, E. S. "The First Macrocyclic Square-Planar Cobalt(III) Complex Relieves Ring Strain by Forming a Nonplanar Amide," Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 1989, 28, 1509-1511.

Awards and Grants Awarded

Awards

  • 2012 Society of the Cincinnati Professor of Chemistry (endowed chair)
  • 2009 One of 12 faculty in all higher education in Virginia chosen for an Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
  • 2008 Washington and Lee Class of '65 Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2004 Washington and Lee Class of '65 Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 1999 Certificate for Dr. Terrence Collins' Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award
  • 1999 Washington and Lee Class of '65 Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 1996 Washington and Lee Class of '65 Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 1991-1993 National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
  • 1984-1987 National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, California Institute of Technology
  • 1984 ACS Susquehanna Valley Section: Outstanding Senior Chemistry Major
  • 1984 Alpha Chi Sigma Senior Major with Highest Scholastic Standing
  • 1984 Elizabeth M. Oliphant Prize for Highest Class Average in Chemistry or Biological Science
  • 1984 Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1984 Sigma Xi
  • 1983 First Place Seminar in Inorganic Chemistry, ISC Convention at Temple University

Grants Awarded

  • Lenfest Foundation---Funding for collaborative research between Winterthur Museum, University of Delaware, the Barnes Foundation, and Washington and Lee University on CdS photodegradation in works by Matisse and his contemporaries [Dr. Jennifer Mass, Project Director; Bob Opila, Jonathan Church, Barbara Buckley, Uffelman Co-PIs] Awarded February, 2012---$113,000
  • National Science Foundation---"MRI: Acquisition of a Variable Pressure Scanning Electron Microscope at Washington and Lee University" (1126360 ) [Dr. Jeffrey Rahl, Project Director; Dr. Ken Van Ness, Co-PI; Uffelman, Senior Investigator] Awarded September, 2011---$355,319
  • National Science Foundation---"Portable X-Ray Fluorescence, Digital IR Photography, and Stereomicroscopy Applied to University Collections of Art and History at Washington and Lee University" (CHE-0959625) Uffelman Project Director, Awarded January, 2010---$119,678
  • National Science Foundation---"MRI: Acquisition of a Liquid Chromatograph Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer to Enhance Research at Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute" (CHE-0922599) Awarded September, 2009---$282,226 [Dr. Lisa Alty Project Director; Erich Uffelman one of two other Co-PI's]
  • Washington and Lee University---Class of '65 Excellence in Teaching, "Broadening the Impact of Art Conservation and Art Conservation Science at W&L, Nationally, and Internationally"Awarded April, 2008---$6,000
  • Associated Colleges of the South Mellon Faculty Renewal Grant---"Whose Art Should be Conserved?" Awarded April, 2008---$5,000
  • Jeffress Research Grant Renewal---"1H-15N HMBC Spectroscopy of Complexes Relevant to Green Chemistry" Awarded July, 2007---$10,000
  • Washington and Lee University---Class of '63 Lecture Series, "Recent Developments in Art Conservation and Conservation Science: Considering the Works of Rembrandt and Other Master Painters." A symposium featuring Jaap Boon (AMOLF-FOM, Amsterdam), Melanie Gifford (National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC), Petria Noble (The Mauritshuis, The Hague) October 30, 2006---$10,000
  • Jeffress Research Grant Renewal---"1H-15N HMBC Spectroscopy of Complexes Relevant to Green Chemistry" Awarded July, 2005---$10,000
  • Washington and Lee University---Class of '65 Excellence in Teaching, "Codifying Materials for the Presentation of Scientific Investigations into 17th Century Dutch Art" Awarded May, 2004---$6,000
  • Associated Colleges of the South Mini-Keck Grant---"Codifying Materials for the Presentation of Scientific Investigations into 17th Century Dutch Art"Awarded May, 2004---$7,500
  • Global Stewardship Course Development Grant---"Science in Art" Awarded March, 2004---$2,500
  • National Science Foundation---Major Research Instrumentation, "Multinuclear Gradient Inverse Probe, Amplifier, and Overnight Low Temperature Dewar for High-field NMR Spectroscopy in the Chemistry Department at Washington and Lee University" Awarded August, 2003---$70,830
  • Jeffress Research Grant---"1H-15N HMBC Spectroscopy of Complexes Relevant to Green Chemistry" Awarded July, 2003---$25,000
  • Hewlett-Packard Company---University Donation, "Gel Permeation Chromatography in Undergraduate Education at Washington and Lee University" Awarded August, 1999---$25,646
  • Washington and Lee University ---Class of '65 Excellence in Teaching, "Development of New Cross Disciplinary Experiments for Chem 112 and Chem 252" Awarded April 1999---$5,044
  • Hewlett-Packard Company---University Grants, "UV-Vis Spectroscopy in Undergraduate Education at Washington and Lee University" Awarded November, 1997---$15,788
  • National Science Foundation---Instrumentation and Laboratory Improvement, "High Field Multinuclear NMR in Undergraduate Education at Washington and Lee University" Awarded May, 1996---$99,500
  • Washington and Lee University ---Class of '65 Excellence in Teaching, "Development of New Cross-Disciplinary Laboratory Experiments for the New Inorganic Courses at Washington and Lee University " Awarded April, 1996---$4,375
  • American Chemical Society---Petroleum Research Fund Type G, "Novel Ligands for Transition Metal and Lanthanide Complexes" Awarded April, 1995---$20,000
  • Research Corporation---Cottrell College Science Award, "Novel Macrocyclic Polyamide Ligands for Lanthanide Chemistry" Awarded May, 1995---$27,000

 

Patents

  • Collins, T. J.; Gordon-Wylie, S. W.; Woomer, C. G.; Horwitz, C. P.; Uffelman, E. S. "Oxidation Catalysis" PCT Int. Appl. (1998), 62 pp. CODEN: PIXXD2 WO 9858735 A1 19981230 CAN 130:111826 AN 1999:27764
  • Collman, J. P.; Zhang, X.; Uffelman, E. S. U.S. Patent 5 274 090: 1993