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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 MW 2-3 PM in the TA Briefing Rm. (2401 Chem. Bldg.), or by appointment.


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    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 MW 2-3 PM in the TA Briefing Rm. (2401 Chem. Bldg.), or by appointment.


CHEM 3750 Organic Chemistry (Fall 2015)
Lecture Course Syllabus handed out in class 9/9/2015

Reading and Homework Assignment
Chapter 1
- HW #1-31, 32, 35, 36, 38, 43, 46, 48, 50, 53, 57, 63
updated 9/9/15

Online Spectral Database here


CHEM 3760 Organic Chemistry Lab Part 1 (Fall 2015)
Lab Course Syllabus TBA
General remarks about Lab Notebook entriesTBA.


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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