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Dan Zuidema


Assistant Professor of Chemistry Daniel R. Zuidema

Professor of Chemistry
On faculty since 2005

 

706.419.1621
zuidema@covenant.edu

 

Education

Ph.D., Wake Forest University

B.S., Calvin College

 

Professional Interests

My training is in natural products synthesis and organic photochemistry. In this work we established that pyrone natural products are capable of sensitizing the formation of singlet oxygen, a result that could give insight into chemical defense mechanisms of the animals that contain these pyrones. The research we conduct at Covenant involves the study of various reduction reactions and the chemistry of Raney nickel. Recently, we discovered a novel method of synthesizing nitriles, which are important intermediates in the synthesis of many different types of molecules. We have had a number of undergraduates participate in our research-they have presented results at a number of professional conferences. They have also authored publications in peer-reviewed journals.

 

This is exciting, and it aids students as they continue to explore God's calling in their lives. It is also important in that it helps dispel the mistaken notion that Christians must choose between science and their faith. We believe that God is sovereign King and that Christ is pre-eminent in all things, the sciences included.

 

Professional Membership

  • American Chemical Society

 

Selected Publications

  • "Conversion of Aldoximes into Nitriles with Raney Nickel in Refluxing 2-Propanol." D.R. Zuidema, A.L. Dennison, R.C. Mebane, E.Y. Park. Synthetic Communications, in press.
  • "Triplet Photosensitization in Cyercene A and Related Pyrones." D.R. Zuidema, P.B. Jones. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, B: Biology, 2006, 83, 137.
  • "Photosensitized Conversion of 9,10-Deoxytridachione to Photodeoxytridachione." D.R. Zuidema, A.K. Miller, D. Trauner, P. Jones. Organic Letters, 2005, 7, 4959.
  • "Two New Anthraquinone Photoreactions." R.G. Brinson, S.C. Hubbard, D.R. Zuidema, P. Jones. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, A: Chemistry, 2005, 175, 118.
  • "Photochemical Relationships in Sacoglossan Polypropionates." D.R. Zuidema, P. Jones. Journal of Natural Products, 2005, 68, 481.

 

Fall 2014 Courses

CHE103 Introductory Chemistry I

CHE323 Organic Chemistry I

CHE401 Research

CHE422 Advanced Organic Chemistry

CHE492 Senior Integration Paper