Timothy Chapp

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Chemistry
Degrees:  B.S., St. Lawrence University; Ph.D., Dartmouth College

Contact Info

Email: tchapp@allegheny.edu
Phone: (814) 332-5324
Website: Click here

Office Info

Office Location: Doane Hall of Chemistry C.206
Office Hours: T 1:30-3:00 pm; W 11 am-12 pm; TH 1-3:30 pm; F 11 am-12 pm

Research Interests

My research interests are in the field homogeneous catalysis. In particular, I’m interested in new asymmetric phosphorus-containing molecules that might be used in catalysis. There are several active projects that span the fields of green chemistry, biomimetic chemistry, and energy. A common thread through all projects is controlling the stereochemistry at phosphorus. Such molecules might be applied to aqueous asymmetric catalysis, metal-free catalysis, or for mimicking and studying the active sites of biologically relevant enzymes.

All projects involve a synthetic component, which means that we rely heavily on NMR spectroscopy for the characterization and study of new molecules. In addition to standard 1H and 13C{1H} experiments we also routinely run 31P as well as DEPT, COSY, and HETCOR experiments. Much of the chemistry we do is air and/or moisture sensitive and requires the use of either Schlenk line or glovebox manipulation.