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Dr. Justin Fair

  • Dr. Justin FairAssociate Professor

    Office: 138 Weyandt Hall
    Phone: (724) 357-4477
    E-mail: j.fair@iup.edu
    Research Group Website  

    Office Hours

    M: 8:30–10:30 a.m.
    T: 9:15–10:45 a.m.  
    F: 8:30–10:00 a.m.
    —Or by appointment

    Education

    BS – Virginia Tech, Biochemistry
    MS – Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Chemistry
    PhD – University of Connecticut, Organic Chemistry

    Field

    Organic    
    Green Chemistry
    Chemical Education

    Courses

    CHEM 102 — College Chemistry II 
    CHEM 105 — The Forensic Chemistry of CSI
    CHEM 231 — Organic Chemistry I
    CHEM 232 — Organic Chemistry II
    CHEM 498/499, 690, 795 and BIOC 482 — Research and Thesis

    StudentResearch Interests

    Research in the Fair Laboratory focuses on two aspects of organic chemistry. First, we are looking for green and efficient ways to make carbon-carbon and caron-nitrogen bonds. Using water as a green solvent throughout these reactions affords not only cost savings in terms of the fewer chemicals needed, but also in terms of waste.

    Second, we are interested in looking for ways to use organolithiums to induce regioselective and/or stereoselective synthesis by means of deprotonation or the lithium-halogen exchange.

    We hope to show that the methodology produced in the Fair Laboratory provides clean and efficient new routes for pharmaceutically relevant compounds. 

    Select Publications

    "Insight into the Chemistry Skills Gap: The Duality between Expected and Desired Skills." Kondo, A. E.; Fair, J. D. Journal of Chemical Education, 2017, 94, 304-310. 

    "Six Ways Research Can Fire Up Your Chapter.” Fair, J. D.; Kondo, A. inChemistry, September/October 201625, 24-35.

    "Regioselective Lithium-Iodine Exchange-Initiated Cleavage of 2-Iodomethyl-1,3-dioxanes: A Complex-Induced Proximity Effect.” Bailey, W. F.; Fair, J. D. Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2016, 81, 3951-3955.

    "Learning Strategies for Safety and Health Educators or Trainers." Minnick, W. (Ed). "Linking Chemical Concepts to Safety Applications." Meals, A.; Denio, E.; Fair, J. D. 2016, Chapter 9.

    “Build your marketability, and other key ways you benefit from group work.” Fair, J. D.; Kondo, A. inChemistry, April/May 2015, 23, 12-13.

    “A Survey of Industrial Organic Chemists: Understanding the Chemical Industry's Need of Current Bachelor-Level Graduates.” Fair, J. D.; Kleist, E. M.; Stoy, D. M. Journal of Chemical Education 201491, 2084-2092.   

    “Intramolecular Carbolithiation Cascades as a Route to a Highly Strained Carbocyclic Framework: Competition between 5-exo-trig Ring Closure and Proton Transfer.” Bailey, W. F.; Fair, J. D. Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry 20139, 537-543. 

    “Oxidation of Primary and Secondary Alcohols by 4-Acetylamino-2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxoammonium Tetrafluoroborate in Aqueous Media.” Mamros, A. N.; Sharrow, P. R.; Weller, W. E.; Luderer, M. R.; Fair, J. D.; Pazehoski, K. O.; Luderer, M. R. ARKIVOC 20115, 23-33. 

    “Quantitation by Portable Gas Chromatography: Mass Spectrometry of VOCs Associated with Vapor Intrusion.” Fair J. D.; Bailey W. F.; Felty R. A.; Gifford A. E.; Shultes B.; Volles L. H. InternationalJournal of Analytical Chemistry 2010, 2010.  

    "Synthesis of Chiral Seven-Membered Bicycles through Sigmatropic Rearrangements." Ovaska, T. V.; Sullivan, J. A.; Ovaska, S. I.; Winegrad, J. B.; Fair, J. D. Synfacts 2009, 8, 889.  

    “Asymmetric Synthesis of Seven-Membered Carbocyclic Rings via a Sequential Oxyanionic 5-Exo-Dig Cyclization/Claisen Rearrangement Process. Total Synthesis of (–)-Frondosin B.” Ovaska, T. V.; Sullivan, J. A.; Ovaska, S. I.; Winegrad, J. B.; Fair, J. D. Org.Lett. 2009, 11, 2715.             

    “Disparate Behavior of Carbonyl and Thiocarbonyl Compounds: Acyl Chlorides vs Thiocarbonyl Chlorides and Isocyanates vs Isothiocyanates.”  Wiberg, W. B.; Miller, S. J.; Puchlopek, A. L.; Bailey, W. F.; Fair, J. D. J. Org. Chem. 2009, 74, 3659.  

    “Asymmetric Addition of Achiral Organomagnesium Reagents or Organolithiums to Achiral Aldehydes or Ketones: A Review.” Luderer, M. R.; Bailey, W. F.; Luderer, M. R.; Fair, J. D.; Dancer, R. J.; Sommer, M. B.Tetrahedron: Asymmetry 2009, 20, 981. 

    “Method for Rapid On-Site Identification of VOCs.” Fair, J. D.; Bailey, W. F.; Felty, R. A.; Volles, L. H.; Gifford, A. E.; Shultes, B. J. Environ. Sci. 2009,21, 1005.  

     Symposium Report: “Transitioning into Green Chemistry: A Symposium Report.” Fair, J. D.; Bartelson, A.; Bajrami, B.; Cardillo, C. M.; Dean, M. L.; Krishana, S.; Sardesai, N.; Miller, T. A. J. Green Chem.May 28, 2009.

    “Graduate Student Symposium Planning Committee Experiences.” Fair, J. D.; Bartelson, A.; Bajrami, B.; Cardillo, C. M.; Dean, M. L.; Krishana, S.; Sardesai, N.; Miller, T. A. J. Chem. Ed. 2008, 85, 1609.

    “Flash Column Chromatograms Estimated from Thin-Layer Chromatography Data.”  Fair, J. D; Kormos, C. M. J. Chromatogr.A, 2008, 1211, 49.