Kenneth O'Connor


  1. O’Connor, K.; Fry, Derek. “The Solvent-less Hydrogenation of Unsaturated Esters using 0.5%Pd/Al(O)OH as a Catalyst,” The Chemical Educator., 2013, in press. Click for PDF
  2. O’Connor, K.; “An Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Laboratory Experiment: The Use of Thin Layer Chromatography to Monitor the Hydrogenation of Unsaturated Esters,” The Chemical Educator., 2013, in preparation.
  3. Bardi, M.; Koone, T.; Mewaldt, S.; O’Connor, K. “Behavioral and physiological correlates of stress related to examination performance in college chemistry students,” Stress., 2011, 14, 557-566.Click for PDF-1 Click for PDF-2
  4. O’Connor, K.; Zuspan, K.; Berry, L. “An Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Laboratory: The Facile Hydrogenation of Methyl trans-Cinnamate,” J. Chem. Educ., 2011, 88, 325–327. Click for PDF
  5. Shiow-Jyi Wey; O'Connor, K. J.; Burrows, C.J. "Preparation of Primary Vicinal Diamines from Amino Acid Esters and Crystal Structure of a Chiral Nickel Salen Complex," Tetrahedron Lett. 1993, 34, 1905-1908.
  6. O'Connor, K. J.; Shiow-Jyi Wey; Burrows, C.J. "Alkene Aziridination and Epoxidation Catalyzed by Chiral Metal Salen Complexes," Tetrahedron Lett. 1992, 33, 1001-1004.
  7. O'Connor, K. J.; Burrows, C. J. "Catalysis of Aryl Halogen Exchange by Nickel(II) Complexes using NaOCl," J. Org. Chem. 1991, 56, 1344-1346.
  8. Yoon, H.; Wagler, T. R.; O'Connor, K. J.; Burrows, C. J. "High Turnover Rates in pH-Dependent Alkene Epoxidation Using NaOCl and Square Planar Nickel(II) Catalysts," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1990, 112, 4568-4570.
  9. Boeckman, R. K.; O'Connor, K. J. "Studies on the Stability and Reactivity of Substituted Vinyl Titanium Triisopropoxides," Tetrahedron Lett. 1989, 30, 3271-3274. Click for PDF

Oral Presentations

  1. O'Connor, K. J., ACS Mid Atlantic Regional Meeting, "Use of critical thinking skills in an undergraduate organic chemistry: the catalytic hydrogenation of trans methyl cinnamate," ACS, University of Maryland.
  2. O'Connor, K. J., American Chemical Society, "Setting the stage for the development of critical thinking skill and green chemistry metrics in catalytic hydrogenation in the organic lab," Philadelphia.
  3. O'Connor, K. J., Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, "Optimizing the use of personal responses to increase academic performance," Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, The Pennsylvania University.
  4. O'Connor, K. J., Binenial Conference of Chemical Education, "Green laboratory for undergraduate organic lab," Binenial Conference of Chemical Education, Pennsylvania State University.
  5. O'Connor, K. J., How to engage your students using clickers, "Kanawha Valley ACS local section meeting," WV State College University, Institute, WV.
  6. O'Connor, K. J., Kanawha Valley ACS local section meeting, "A green laboratory experiment for the undergraduate lab organic lab: the solventless hydrogenation of unsaturated esters," Kanawha Valley ACS local section meeting, WV Tech.
  7. O'Connor, K. J., Marshall University seminar, "Confessions of a Clicker Addict," Marshall University, Marshall University. (May 2, 2012).
  8. O'Connor, K. J.; Burrows, C. J. "NiII Macrocyclic Complexes: Versatile Catalysts in Synthetic Organic Chemistry," 200th National Meeting, American Chemical Society, August 30, 1990, Washington, DC.