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Elke Schoffers, Ph.D.
We congratulate David Sellers who is an NSF GRFP Fellow!
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Kalamazmoo Local Section of the American Chemical Society(KACS)


Professor at WMU
Past-Chair of Kalamazoo ACS Local Section (KACS)

Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
Western Michigan University, 1903 W. Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5413, Campus Site: 3148 Wood Hall

Office Phone: (269) 387-2265 
FAX: (269) 387-2909
Lab Phone: (269) 387-2246
Office Hours:
Are held M 1-2 PM in Conference Rm. 3201 (Chem. Bldg.) and on W 1-2 PM in 3148 Wood Hall, or by appointment
Undergraduate Advising:
Beginning January 26, 2015, M 2-3 PM, in 2220 Chemistry Bldgl; visit here for detail.

Upcoming KACS Event:
Join this years "KACS Sci-Mix" on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 5-9 PM with Keynote Speaker Prof. Tim Jamison from MIT at Bell's Eccentric Cafe. Look for details at

Stay connected with colleagues in the Kalamazoo Local Section of the American Chemical Society by liking the KACS Facebook page: "KACS" or "Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society"

    Recent Publication:
    Elke Schoffers "Tanzelemente" Nachrichten aus der Chemie, 2013, 61 (4), 422-423. [Historical description of how chemists were associated with progress after the invention of gas lighting that illuminted city streets and made them safer.]

Lars Kohler, Elke Schoffers, Erin Driscoll, Matthias Zeller and Carla Schmiesing “First isolation of disubstituted cis-5,6-dihydro-1,10-phenanthrolines. Lipase-mediated resolution of cis and trans phenoxy alcohol isomers and assignment of absolute stereochemistry via CD and NMR” Chirality , 2012, 24 (3), 245-251.

    We congratulate Ph.D. student David Sellers for becoming a National Science Foundation fellow.
    Critical Comment: New Details on Legume-Rhizobial Symbioses as part of the Rossbach-Schoffers collaboration
    Meet the Research Group here
    More Group News here
    Ongoing Research Projects here
    Research Openings here
    Dr. Schoffers' Vita here

Are held M 1-2 PM in Conference Rm. 3201 (Chem. Bldg.) and on W 1-2 PM in 3148 Wood Hall, or by appointment


CHEM 3770 Organic Chemistry (Spring 2015)
Lecture Course Syllabus here

Reading and Homework Assignment
Chapter 14 (Ethers) HW1-11, 15-24, 26, 31-33
Chapter 15 (IR, MS) HW 1-7, 9, 10, 12-18, 20-21, 25-39, 41-46
Chapter 16 (NMR) HW 1-15, 17-19, 21, 24-26, 30-34, 38, 48

Chapter 17 (Conjugated Pi Systems) 1-12, 14-19, 32-37, 40, 43, 44
Chapter 18 (Aromatic Compounds) 1-17, 19, 20, 23-26, 28-30, 34-38, 47, 60, 70
Chapter 19 (Aromatic Substitution Reactions) 1-20, 22, 24-26, 28-30, 33, 35, 36, 38, 40, 44, 45, 48

(updated 2/17/15)

Exam 1- AVG 60.1, HIGH 98.5, LOW 25


CHEM 3780 Organic Chemistry Lab Part 2 (Spring 2015)
Lab Course Syllabus here
General remarks about Lab Notebook entries here.

Online Spectral Database here


What you can do with a CHEMISTRY degree - check the local ACS here

Career resources for CHEMISTRY graduate students - WMU link here
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