Dr. Jeffrey Johnson

Associate Professor of Chemistry
616.395.7083jjohnson@hope.edu
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Dr. Jeffrey Johnson joined the Hope College Department of Chemistry in 2007 and was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 2013.

In addition to teaching within the organic and inorganic programs, Jeff’s research group of 8–10 students focuses on the activation and functionalization of carbon-carbon single bonds. Projects include the mechanistic understanding of known transformations and the development of new organic reactions.

See Dr. Johnson's current research

AREAS OF INTEREST

  • The understanding and development of methodologies utilizing carbon-carbon single bond activation
  • Mechanism of ketone decarbonylation
  • Investigation of directing groups
  • Nickel-catalyzed alkylation methodology
  • Development of catalytic decarbonylative coupling

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004
  • B.A., ACS chemistry, magna cum laude, Gustavus Adolphus College, 2000

HONORS, Grants and AWARDS

  • Hope College Ruth and John Reed Faculty Achievement Award, 2016
  • Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 2015 ($60,000)
  • Beckman Scholars Program, 2015 ($104,000)
  • Research Corporation Cottrell Scholar, 2015
  • Inaugural Hope College Schaap Research Fellow, Hope College, 2013–2018
  • NSF Faculty Early CAREER Development Award, 2012–2017 ($400,000)
  • NSF-MRI for NMP spectrometer, 2011 ($417,000)
  • Men in Mentoring Award from Michigan State Sen. Wayne Kuipers, May 2010
  • Hope College Towsley Research Scholar, 2009–2013
  • Research Corporation Cottrell College Science Award, 2009 ($60,072)
  • ACS-PRF Undergraduate New Investigator Award, 2010 ($50,000)
  • Camille and Henry Dreyfus Faculty Start-Up Award, 2007 ($30,000)
  • ACS Organic Division Graduate Fellow – Emmanuil Troyansky Fellowship, 2003–2004
  • Phi Beta Kappa, inducted 1999
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, 1999–2000
  • National Merit Scholar, 1996–2000

Selected Publications

  • “Rhodium-Catalyzed Interconversion of Quinolinyl Ketones with Boronic Acids via C-C Bond Activation” Organic Letters, 18, 2016
  • “Efficient access to 3-substituted-γ- hydroxylactams: the uncatalyzed addition of diorganozinc reagents to cyclic imides with heterocyclic substitution,” Tetrahedron Letters, 55, 2014
  • “Nickel-Catalyzed Direct Addition of Diorganozinc Reagents to Phthalimides: Selective Formation of GammaHydroxylactams,” Synlett, 24, 2013
  • “Steric and electronic effects influencing β-aryl elimination in the Pd-catalyzed carbon-carbon single bond activation of triarylmethanols,” The Journal of Organic Chemistry, 78, 2013
  • “The Rate Limiting Step of the Rh-Catalyzed Carboacylation of Alkenes: C-C Bond Activation or Migratory Insertion?” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 134, 2012
  • “Nickel-Mediated Decarbonylative Cross-Coupling of Phthalimides with in situ Generated Diorganozinc Reagents,” The Journal of Organic Chemistry, 76, 2011
  • “Rhodium-Catalyzed Acylation with Quinolinyl Ketones: Carbon-Carbon Single Bond Activation as the Turnover Limiting Step of Catalysis,” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 133, 2011
  • “Successful Student Transitions from the Community College to the Four-Year College Facilitated by Undergraduate Research,” Council of Undergraduate Research Quarterly, 31, 2011

Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society (Organic, Inorganic and Fluorine Divisions), 1999–present
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1999–present
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2000–present
  • Sigma Xi, 2000–present
  • Council of Undergraduate Research, 2010–present
  • Midwest Association of Chemistry Teachers at Liberal Arts Colleges, 2011–present

Institutional Service

  • Hope College Academic Affairs Board, 2014–2017 (chair 2016–17)
  • Hope College Curriculum Committee, 2014–2016 (chair)
  • Hope College Health Professions Advising Committee, 2010–present
  • Chemistry Department Faculty Search Committee Chair, 2014 and 2015
  • Beckman Scholars Program Administrator, 2014–present

Outside the College

Besides working at Hope, Jeff is active with several local school groups, including the Blue Star Elementary PTO and the Hamilton Community Schools Parent Oversight Board. Jeff is also a member of the Red Cross ‘9 gallon club’ for blood donations.

Curling happens to be an old pastime of Jeff’s. He was a two-time Junior Men’s Curling National Championship participant, five-time North Dakota State Champion and a participant in the 1998 Winter Olympic Trials for curling.

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Dr. Jeffrey Johnson

Phone Number616.395.7083

Schaap Science Center Rm 3114 35 East 12th Street Holland, MI 49423-3605
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