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Dr. Jason G. Gillmore

Professor of Chemistry

Hope College
Chemistry Department
Schaap Science Center room 3120
35 E. 12th St.
Holland, Michigan 49422-9000 USA
Voice: (616) 395-7308
Fax: (616) 395-7118
E-Mail: gillmore@hope.edu


Jason Gillmore started working at Hope in July 2004. Tenured and promoted in 2010, and promoted again in 2016, Professor Gillmore has also been a Schaap Research Fellow since 2013.

In addition to his teaching responisbilities, Jason maintains a research group of three to six undergraduate students in the summer and throughout the academic year. His research interests include organic photochemistry and electrochemistry, photochromism, photoinduced charge transfer, computation and heteroaromatic synthesis.

Areas of expertise

  • Organic chemistry
  • Pedagogical interests in peer-led team learning, the incorporation of authentic research into the laboratory classroom, using undergraduate research as a bridge to 2YC-4YC student transfers, and mentoring new and future faculty.


  • Ph.D., organic chemistry, University of Rochester, 2003
  • M.S., organic chemistry, Virginia Tech, 1998
  • B.S., chemistry, Virginia Tech, 1996

Additional experience

  • Visiting research professor of chemistry at the Arizona State University (Tempe, Arizona) Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and the Center for Bio-inspired Solar Fuel Production, with Professor Devens Gust, August 2011–May 2012 — reverse photochromes for molecular logic devices, synthesis, time-resolved spectroscopy and computational electrochemistry
  • NIH postdoctoral traineeship, Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee), Department of Chemistry and the Center in Molecular Toxicology, mentor Professor Ned A. Porter — biologically relevant free radical clock reactions, lipid autooxidation kinetics
  • Consultant, Eastman Kodak Company (Rochester, New York), with Drs. Samir Farid and Douglas Robello, 1999–2003 — photoresponsive plastics

Honors, grants and awards

  • Retroactively named to Research Corporation for Science Advancement’s Cottrell Scholar Class of 2006 (2015)
  • Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 2014–2019 ($60,000)
  • NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award, 2010–2016 ($549,000)
  • Research Corporation Cottrell College Science Award, 2006–2009 ($63,090)
  • Project Kaleidoscope Faculty for the 21st Century, Class of 2006
  • Dreyfus Foundation Start-up Award, 2004–2009 ($30,000)
  • Hope College Janet L. Andersen Excellence in Teaching Award (2015)
  • Hope College VanderBush-Weller Award for extraordinary contributions to the lives of students (2015)
  • Hope College Chemistry Department, inaugural Schaap Research Fellow — research endowment (2013–2018, renewable)

Selected publications

  • "Fast Colorimetric Tritration Protocol for the Quantification of Boron Tribromide." Tetrahedron Letters 2016, 57, 3746-2748. (DOI: 10.1016/j.tetlet.2016.07.017)
  • "Building and Testing Correlations for the Estimation of One-electron Reduction Potentials of a Diverse Set of Organic Molecules." Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry 2015, 28, 320-328. (DOI: 10.1002/poc.3413)
  • "Modulating short wavelength fluorescence with long wavelength light." Journal of the American Chemical Society 2014, 136, 11994-12003. (DOI: 10.1021/ja504879p)
  • "Synthesis and structural investigation of an 'oxazinoquinolinespirohexadienone' that only exists as its
    long-wavelength ring-opened quinonimine isomer." Journal of Organic Chemistry 2012, 77, 8689-8695. (DOI: 10.1021/jo3016083)
  • "Expanding and testing a computational method for predicting the ground state reduction potentials of organic molecules on the basis of empirical correlation to experiment." Journal of Organic Chemistry 2012, 77, 6423-6430. (DOI: 10.1021/jo300853k)
  • "Successful Student Transitions from the Community College to the Four-Year College Facilitated by
    Undergraduate Research." Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly 2011, 31 (3), 16-22. www.cur.org/publications/curquarterly
  • "Synthesis and photochemistry of two quinoline analogs of the perimidinespirohexadienone family of photochromes." Journal of Photochemistry & Photobiology A 2009, 205, 84-92. (DOI: 10.1016/j.jphotochem.2009.04.011)
  • "Efficient Computational Methods for Accurately Predicting Reduction Potentials of Organic Molecules." Journal of Physical Chemistry A 2008, 112, 5685-5690. (featured on cover) (DOI: 10.1021/jp800782e)

View all of Jason’s published works on Digital Commons.

Professional affiliations

  • American Chemical Society, member since 2003 (student member, 1997–2003; student affiliate, 1993–1996;  Organic Division since 1997; Division of Chemical Education since 2000)
  • Inter-American Photochemical Society, member since 2007
  • Council on Undergraduate Research, member since 2004
  • Midwest Association of Chemistry Teachers in Liberal Arts Colleges, member since 2005
  • Intervarsity Emerging Scholars Network, member since 2004

Institutional service

  • Hope College Status Committee, 2014–2017, (tenure/promotion, merit raises, internal grants, board and committee appointments)
  • Hope College Strategic Planning Steering Committee, 2014–2015
  • Hope College HHMI Steering Committee, 2012–2016
  • Hope College Chemistry Faculty Search Committees: 2005, 2006, 2012 (chair), 2013 (chair)
  • Hope College SHARP online summer research application and student management software, Development Team Faculty Coordinator, 2009–2011; Chemistry Department Liaison, 2007–2010
  • Hope College Extracurricular Activities Committee, 2005–2008 (chair)
  • Hope College Health Professions Advisory Committee, 2008–2010
  • Hope College Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid, 2010–2011
  • Hope College Academic Computing Committee, 2013–2014
  • Hope College Mentoring Program, mentor to a junior faculty member, 2012–present (mentee 2005–2007)
  • Seminar Coordinator, Hope College Chemistry Department, academic years 2007–2009, 2014–2015
  • Coordinator of Professional/Graduate Opportunities advising for chemistry students, 2005–2009
  • Hope College Chemistry Club/ACS Student Affiliates chapter advisor, 2005–2008; reactivated national chapter status, won three consecutive honorable mention chapter awards

Outside the college

Jason enjoys weight-lifting and physical training, reading (mostly popular fiction), travel and enjoying life on the lakeshore year-round with his wife and two young kids. They enjoy the lake-effect snow in the winter, the wonderful beaches in the summer, and walking and biking in spring and fall. His family is also actively involved at Calvary CRC and Holland Christian Schools’ Rose Park Elementary.

He is the organizer of the Biennial P3 “Postdoc to PUI Prof” workshop, preparing postdoctoral scholars for faculty careers in chemistry at undergraduate institutions. He is the co-organizer of the American Chemical Society’s annual “Postdoc to Faculty” workshop.

Jason is a reviewer for the National Science Foundation, American Chemical Society-Petroleum Research Fund, Research Corporation for Science Advancement, Journal of Organic ChemistryJournal of Physical Chemistry,Physical Chemistry Chemical PhysicsChemical Educator and Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry.