Office: 269 Kopchick Hall
Phone: 724-357- 7798


BS, Pennsylvania State University
MS, University of Pittsburgh
PhD, Seton Hall University


Organic Chemistry
Physical Organic Chemistry
Computational Materials Science
Chemical Engineering
Software Development


CHEM 101- College Chemistry I
CHEM 102 - College Chemistry II
CHEM 231- Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 332- Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 481/581 - Organic Chemistry of Enzyme Catalyzed Reactions
CHEM 335/535 - Advanced Organic Chemistry (Asymmetric Synthesis)
CHEM 331/531 - Organic Spectroscopy
CHEM 630 - Physical Organic Chemistry
CHEM 498/499, 690 - Independent Research and Thesis

Research Interests

Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis; the study of reaction mechanisms and chemical kinetics; mathematical modeling of chemical kinetics and transport processes.

Select Publications

J. Petucci, S. Semone, C.LeBlond, M. Karimi and G. Vidali. "Formation of H2 on Graphene using Eley-Rideal and Langmuir-Hinshelwood Processes:, J. Chem. Phys. 2018, 149.

J. Petucci, C. LeBlond and M. Karimi. "Molecular dynamics simulation of brittle fracture in fcc crystalline materials in the presence of defects", Comp. Mat Sci.2014, 86, 130-139.

J. Petucci, C. LeBlond, M. Karimi, G. Vidali. "Diffusion, adsorption, and desorption of molecular hydrogen on graphene and in graphite." J. Chem. Phys.2013, 139(4)

Y. Sun and C. LeBlond, (2010). "Understanding Rate Processes in Catalytic Hydrogenation Reactions". In David J. am Ende, Chemical Engineering in the Pharmaceutical Industry: R&D to Manufacturing, (Ch. 8). Wiley.

C. LeBlond, K. Butler, M. Ferrington and M. Browe, "Palladium on Carbon Catalyzed Cross-Coupling of Aryl Halides with Potassium p-Tolyltrifluoroborate in Air" Syn. Comm. 2009 4, 636-640.

R. T. Mathers, C. LeBlond, K. Damodaran, D. I. Kushner and V.A. Schram, "A General Polymerization Method Using Hydroalkoxylation and Hydrocarboxylation Reactions Catalyzed by Triflic Acid" Macromolecules 2008 41, 524-526.

Nelson, T. D.; LeBlond, C. R.; Frantz, D. E.; Matty, L.; Mitten, J. V.; Weaver, D. G.; Moore, J. C.; Kim, J. M.; Boyd, R.; Kim, P.-Y.; Gbewonyo, K.; Brower, M.; Sturr, M.; McLaughlin, K.; McMasters, D. R.; Kress, M. H.; McNamara, J. M.; Dolling, U. H., "Stereoselective Synthesis of a Potent Thrombin Inhibitor by a Novel P2-P3 Lactone Ring Opening," J. Org. Chem. 2004, 69, 3620-3627.

D. Conlon, B. Pipik, S. Fredinand, C. LeBlond, J. Sowa, B. Izzo, P. Collins, G-J. Ho, J. M. Williams, Y-J. Shi, Y. Sun, "Suzuki-Miyuara Cross-Coupling with Quasi-Heterogeneous Palladium," Adv. Synth. Catal. 2003, 345, 931 - 935.

F. P. Gortsema, C. LeBlond, L. Semere, A. Andrews, Y. Sun, J. Sowa, "Catalyst Recycling in Batch and Semi-Continuous, Fixed-Bed Processes for Suzuki Cross-Coupling Reactions," Catalysis of Organic Reactions, Morrell, D. G. Ed., Marcel Dekker: NY 2002, 643-652.

C. LeBlond, J. Sowa, Y.-K. Sun, and A. T. Andrews, "Activation of Aryl Chlorides for Suzuki Cross-Coupling by Ligandless, Heterogeneous Palladium," Org. Lett. 2001, 10, 1555-1557.

C. LeBlond, K. Rossen, F. Gortsema, I. Zavialov, S. Cianciosi, A. Andrews, Y. Sun, "Harvesting Short-lived Hypoiodious acid for Efficient Diastereoselective Iodohydroxylation in Crixivan synthesis," Tetrahedron Lett. 2001, 42, 8603-8606.

C. LeBlond, J. Wang, A.T. Andrews and Y. Sun, "Establishment and maintenance of an Optimal Chiral Surface in Cinchona-modified 1% Pt/Al2O3 for Enantioselective Hydrogenation of a-Ketoesters," Topics in Catalysis, 2000, 13, 169.