Department ofChemistry and Biochemistry

John C. Gilbert

John C. Gilbert

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Sociology, Emeritus

Education

B.S. University of Wyoming

M.S. and Ph.D. Yale University

Brief Bio & Research Interests

Dr. Gilbert was a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Natural Sciences at UT Austin, prior to moving to Santa Clara University as Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. His research interests were in organic chemistry, with special emphasis on synthetic methodology and reactive intermediates. He is extremely proud of the graduate and undergraduate students he has mentored during his career and is pleased that their discoveries in research resulted in a useful chemical reagent being named after him. In addition to his dozens of research publications, he is the co-author of a textbook for undergraduate organic laboratory instruction that is currently in its 10th edition.

During his tenure at UT Austin, he held several administrative positions and served on a number of committees at all levels of the university. He chaired the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and was interim chair of the Department of Human Ecology. At Santa Clara University, he chaired the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and was also interim chair of the Department of Sociology. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at UT Austin and Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Santa Clara University.

He enjoys opera, theater, travel, wine, and is an apiarist. He and his spouse, Lucia, have a joint research project focusing on women in California and globally who are lead winemakers, and have developed a website (www.womenwinemakers.com) that engenders their work. Lucia was formerly a Professor of Educational Psychology and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies at UT Austin, Academic Vice President and Provost at SCU, and is now Professor Emerita of Psychology at Santa Clara University.

Publications

(2001–present)

Research:

John C. Gilbert and J. Yin, “An Approach toward the Synthesis of Subergorgic Acid,” Tetrahedron 2008, 60, 5482–5490.

John C. Gilbert and J. Yin, “Interconversion of Bicyclo[2.2.1]hept-2-yne and 5-Bicyclo[2.1.1]hexylidenecarbene,” J. Org. Chem. 2006, 72, 5658–5661.

Steven M. Bachrach and John C. Gilbert, “The Reaction of Ethene with Cyclopentyne:  Concerted vs. Stepwise Mechanism?,” J. Org. Chem. 2004, 69, 6357–6364.

John C. Gilbert, Jiandong Yin, Fatima H. Fakhreddine, and Matthew L. Karpinski, “Facial Selectivity of the Ireland-Claisen Rearrangement of Allylic Esters of 2-Methyl- and 2-Methoxycyclopentanecarboxylates,” Tetrahedron 2004, 60, 51–60.

John C. Gilbert and D.-R. Hou, “Stereochemistry of the Diels-Alder Reaction of Cyclopentyne,” Tetrahedron 2004, 60, 469–474.

John C. Gilbert and D.-R. Hou, “Competitive Pericyclic Reactions of Cyclopentyne,” J. Org. Chem. 2003, 68, 10067–10072.

Steven M. Bachrach, John C. Gilbert, and Darin W. Laird, “DFT Study of the Cycloaddition Reactions of Strained Alkynes,” J. Am. Chem. Soc, 2001, 121, 6708–6709.

Darin W. Laird and John C. Gilbert, “Norbornyne:  A Cycloalkyne Reacting Like A Dicarbene,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2001, 121, 6706–6707.

Textbooks:

John C. Gilbert and S. F. Martin, Experimental Organic Chemistry:  A Miniscale & Microscale Approach, 6th ed., Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning, 2016, xxvi+ 1008 pp.

John C. Gilbert and S. F. Martin, Experimental Organic Chemistry:  A Miniscale & Microscale Approach, 5th ed., Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning, 2011, xvi+ 937 pp.

John C. Gilbert and S. F. Martin, Experimental Organic Chemistry:  A Miniscale & Microscale Approach, 4th ed., Belmont, CA:  Thomson Brooks/Cole 2006, xvi+ 927 pp.

John C. Gilbert and S. F. Martin, Student Tools, Web-Based Ancillary, Belmont, CA:  Thomson Brooks/Cole 2006.

John C. Gilbert and S. F. Martin, Instructor's Manual to Accompany Experimental Organic Chemistry: A Miniscale Approach. Web-Based Ancillary, 4th ed., Belmont, CA:  Thomson Brooks/Cole 2006.

John C. Gilbert and S. F. Martin, Experimental Organic Chemistry:  A Miniscale & Microscale Approach, 3rd ed., Philadelphia: Harcourt College Publishers, 2002, xxiv+ 820 pp.

John C. Gilbert and S. F. Martin, Student Tools CD, Philadelphia: Harcourt College Publishers, 2002.

John C. Gilbert and S. F. Martin, Instructor's Manual to Accompany Experimental Organic Chemistry: A Miniscale Approach, 3rd ed., Philadelphia:  Saunders College Publishing, 2002, xii + 316 pp.

Email
jgilbert@scu.edu
Phone
408-244-4804