Dr. Jason G. Gillmore

Professor of Chemistry
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Jason Gillmore joined the faculty 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. Professor Gillmore is on sabbatical for the 2018–19 acadmic year, dividing his time between his own laboratory at Hope College and the MSU Bioeconomy Institute and its Organic Energy Storage Lab.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, 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, photoresponsive materials, computation and heteroaromatic synthesis.

See Dr. Gillmore's research group page 

Areas of expertise

  • Organic chemistry
  • Research interests in organic photochemistry, electrochemistry and computation, including photochromic dyes, photoinduced charge transfer and photomechanical materials
  • 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 professor and interim associate director of research and development, Michigan State University Bioeconomy Institute Organic Energy Storage Lab (Holland, Michigan), July 2018–July 2019
  • 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

  • Program Director, Beckman Scholars Program award to Hope College, 2018–2021 ($104,000)
  • 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 (2013–2023, renewable)

Selected publications

For full citations and a complete list of Professor Gillmore’s publications, see Digital Commons.

professional affiliations

  • American Chemical Society
  • Inter-American Photochemical Society
  • Council on Undergraduate Research
  • Midwestern Association of Chemistry Teachers in Liberal Arts Colleges
  • Intervarsity Emerging Scholars Network

institutional service

  • Hope College Appeals & Grievances Panel, 2017–2018
  • Founding Organizer, Schaap Chemistry Symposium, Hope College, Holland, Michigan, July 2017; co-organizer July 2019
  • 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
  • Seminar Coordinator, Hope College Chemistry Department, academic years 2007–2009, 2014–2015
  • 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, practicing Tang Soo Do (a Korean 'karate'), reading (mostly popular fiction), travel and enjoying life on the lakeshore year-round with his wife and school-age son and daughter. They genuinely 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 founding organizer of the P3 “Postdoc to PUI Prof” workshop, preparing postdoctoral scholars for faculty careers in chemistry at undergraduate institutions, now organized annually by the American Chemical Society and hosted by a rotating set of PUIs across the nation each spring. He is also frequently involved as a panelist or co-organizer of the American Chemical Society’s “Postdoc to Faculty” workshop the weekend preceding each ACS Fall National Meeting.

Jason is a reviewer for the National Science Foundation, the American Chemical Society-Petroleum Research Fund, Research Corporation for Science Advancement, the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, CUR chemistry program reviews, Journal of Organic Chemistry, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Chemical Educator, Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry and Organic Preparations & Procedures International.

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Dr. Jason G. Gillmore

Phone Number616.395.7308

Schaap Science Center 3120 35 East 12th Street Holland, MI 49423-3605
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