Steven W. Anderson
Physical-Organic Chemist and Photochemist
Department of Chemistry
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Steven W. Anderson received a B.A. degree in Chemistry from Carthage College in 1978. His senior research project, with Professor Kenneth L. Hamm, dealt with the synthesis of substituted aryl hydrazines. During the summers of 1977 and 1978 he was employed with Universal Oil Products (now Allied-Signal/UOP) in Des Plaines, Illinois. As a laboratory technician in the first summer, he was responsible for the maintenance and operation of a catalytic converter aging and testing facility. In 1978 he was a research chemist in the Biochemical and Chemicals division working on the development of polymers utilized in reverse osmosis membranes for water desalination processes.
Dr. Anderson pursued graduate study at Marquette University where he received an M.S. degree in Chemistry (Major - Organic) in 1981. His Thesis research, with Professor Michael A. McKinney, consisted of a mechanistic study on the stereochemistry of reductions of cyclopropyl bromides with hydride reducing agents.
Further graduate study was undertaken at Northern Illinois University where he was awarded the Ph.D. degree in Chemistry (Major - Organic) in 1985. His Dissertation research, with Professor Dennis N. Kevill, included the synthesis, reactivity-selectivity studies, and correlation analysis of several RX- and RX+-type substrates.
From 1984 to 1987 Dr. Anderson was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Professor Keith Yates and also lectured in General and Organic chemistry at the University of Toronto. His research focused on reactivity-selectivity studies of the photo and thermal additions of nucleophiles to styrene and various ring -substituted analogues.
Dr. Anderson joined the faculty at the UW-Whitewater as Assistant Professor of Chemistry in 1987, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1992, and served as Department Chair from 1993-1996. He is presently the Coordinator for the new Integrated Science-Business major. He has obtained six UW-Whitewater Research Grants, an Undergraduate Polymer Research Grant from the ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry, a summer research grant from the ACS Petroleum Research Fund, two UW System Grants, an NSF-ILI grant (P.I.) for a GC-MS and an NSF-ILI grant (co-P.I.) for a molecular modeling laboratory. He serves as a regular grant reviewer for the U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation and the NSF.
Current research interests encompass four areas : 1) sulfonium salts as photoinitiators of cationic polymerization, 2) measurement of solvent and nucleophile nucleophilicity in the excited state, 3) organic mass spectrometry, and 4) correlation of rates in thermal solvolytic reactions of sterically hindered alkyl sulfonates. Dr. Anderson has trained 25 undergraduates and is currently supervising 2 undergraduate students who have collaborated with him in these research areas. Dr. Anderson has presented 35 papers at regional, national, and international professional meetings and is responsible for 17 publications in refereed journals and two monographs. At present, along three other co-authors, he is writing a textbook of case studies integrating science and business which is under contract with Imperial College Press.