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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 in Conference Rm. 3201 (Chem. Bldg.) on MW 2-3 PM or by appointment
Special Office Hour Monday, October 6, 4-5 PM in 3148 Wood Hall
Undergraduate Advising:
Beginning September 8, 2014, M 3-4 PM, in 2220 Chemistry Bldgl; visit here for detail.

Upcoming KACS Event:
Dr. Ken Fivizzani will present on chemical safety on Tuesday, September 23, 6 PM at the Dow Science Lecture Hall at Kalamazoo College. Look for details at

KACS News:
KACS launched a new website at
Please note that the 2013"Elements of Dance" event was a finalist for a 2014 ChemLuminary Award and won! Details will follow.
See for more details. New pictures have been posted, too.

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

MW 2-3 PM in 3201 Conference Rm, Chemistry Bldg, and by appointment


CHEM 3750 Organic Chemistry (Fall 2014)
Lecture Course Syllabus here

SI Sessions with Nick ( are on Mon 4-5 PM, Tue 3-4 PM, and Thu 2-3 PM in the TA Briefing Room, 2401 Chemistry Bldg.

Special SI Session Sunday, October 26, 7-9 PM in the TA Briefing Room, 2401 Chemistry Bldg.

Chapter 4 HW #1-40, 42, 48, 54, 59, 66
Chapter 5 HW #1-11, 20-32, 35-38, 41, 47, 53, 56, 57
Chapter 6 HW #1-3, 6-18, 27, 30, 31, 44, 48
Chapter 7 HW #1-34, 38, 40, 41, 45, 59
Chapter 8 HW #1-12, 14-22, 27-37, 39, 41-44, 46, 50, 51-54, 61, 62, 66, 67, 74
Chapter 9 HW Part I #1-8, 10-19


CHEM 3760 Organic Chemistry Lab (Fall 2014)
Lab Course Syllabus here
General remarks about Lab Notebook entries here.
Lab 3 (Extraction) Pre Lab and Lab Report Instructions here.
Lab 4 (Distillation) Pre Lab and Lab Report Instructions here.

Lab 5 (Thin Layer Chromatography, TLC) Pre Lab and Lab Report Instructions (TECH 707) here.
Lab 6 (Nucleophilic Substitution) Pre Lab and Lab Report Instructions (REAC 714) for "Factors Affecting the Rates of SN1 Reactions", read pp 99-101 and 109-112. Details here.
Lab 7 (Hydroboration) Pre Lab and Lab Report Instructions (REAC 747) here. A summary for IR Spectroscopy will be handed out in lab. This lab spans over TWO weeks and requires ONE PreLab and ONE Lab Report.


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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