Dr. Justin FairProfessor

Office: 261 Kopchick Hall
Phone: 724-357-4477
Email: jfair@iup.edu
Research Group Website


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


Green Chemistry
Chemical Education


CHEM 101/102 College Chemistry I/II
CHEM 105 The Forensic Chemistry of CSI
CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 332 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 490 Seminar III
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 carbon-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 Awards

2018 Distinguished Service Award, Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, IUP
2018 New Investigator Award, IUP Sponsored Programs
2017 University Senate Award: Distinguished Faculty Service, IUP
2017 Teaching Excellence Award (Collaborative Practice), IUP Center of Teaching Excellence
2015 (2001 VA) PA Hazmat Awareness, Operations, and Technician Level Certificates
2011 NRCC Chemical Hygiene Officer Certification
2011 Teaching Excellence Award (Content Pedagogy), IUP Center of Teaching Excellence

Select Grants

Justin Fair has successfully acquired $1,800,727 in grant funding since his hiring, serving as principal investigator, co-principal investigator, or a member of the senior personnel. A majority of funding has been student centered with Scholarships-Creating Opportunities for Applying Mathematics, Living and Learning Communities, Team and Leadership Studies, and the chemical synthesis of potential neurotransmitters.

"Scholarships-Creating Opportunities for Applying Mathematics (S-COAM)." National Science Foundation, March 29, 2017. Kuo, Y.; Adkins, F.; Burket, D.; Norwood, M. Reilly, E. Funded: $999,752. Senior Personnel.

"Pilot Studies of Mirtazapine and Related Prototype/Tool Compounds for Treating Methamphetamine Dependence." IUP Senate Fellowship Grants Program, February 10, 2017. Widzowski, D. V.; Farrell, W. J.; Fair, J. D. Funded: $7,000. Co-Principle Investigator.

"Better Preparing STEM Undergraduates for Employment: An Interdisciplinary, Problem-based Approach for Teaching and Assessing Teamwork and Interpersonal Skills." National Science Foundation, August 27, 2016. Fair, J. D. (PI); Hildebrandt, M.; Kosicek, P. M.; Ruffner, T; Wilson, G. Funded: $633,835.

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 2016,25, 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 2014,91, 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 2013,9,537-543.

"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 2011,5,23-33.

"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.