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 Charles (Jody) Neef, Ph.D.

Charles (Jody) Neef, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Discipline/Specialization: Organic Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
Office: 124 Heckert-Wells Hall
Phone: 620-235-4494

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About Dr. Charles (Jody) Neef

Dr. Charles (Jody) Neef is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Pittsburg State University. His responsibilities include teaching organic chemistry and research in the area of electroactive polymers. Prior to PSU, he worked at Texas State University as a lecturer and researcher on nanocomposites, electroactive polymers, and light sensitive compounds. At Brewer Science, Inc. he developed materials [BARCs, DBARCs, and hardmasks] for the semiconductor industry. At the University of Texas at Dallas with Dr. John Ferraris, he worked with electrically conducting polymers, polythiophenes and polyphenylene vinylenes, for capacitor and OLED applications. He received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Oklahoma in 1997 and performed research in the area of ferrocene containing polymers and composites. During his studies for his B.S. and M.S. at Texas State University, his research included thermally stable, fluorinated polymers and copolyimidine-esters. Dr. Neef has eighteen publications and eight patents granted.  

Curriculum Vitae

Education

Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.A., 1996
Dissertation Title:  Synthesis, Preparation, and Electronic Properties of Ferrocene-Containing Polymers and Composites
Major Advisors: Drs. Kenneth M. Nicholas and Daniel T. Glatzhofer

M.S., Chemistry, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, U.S.A., 1990
Thesis Title: Copoly(Imidine-Esters): Monomer and Polymer Synthesis
Major Advisor: Dr. Patrick E. Cassidy

B.S., Chemistry, Texas State University, Texas, U.S.A., 1987

Experience

Fall 2012 – Present: Organic Chemistry [Lecture and Laboratory] and Polymer Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at Pittsburg State University

Fall 2009 – Spring 2012: Organic Chemistry and Chemistry for Non-Science Majors in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Texas State University

Courses Taught

Fall Semester - Chemistry 325 – Organic Chemistry I, Chemistry 863 – Advanced Organic Chemistry, Chemistry 326 – Organic Chemistry Laboratory I, Chemistry 705 – Modern Concepts, Chemistry 601 - Undergraduate Colloquium, Chemistry 801 - Graduate Colloquium

Spring Semester - Chemistry 335 – Organic Chemistry II, Chemistry 336 – Organic Chemistry Laboratory II, Chemistry 611 - Senior Review and Assessment, Chemistry 601 - Undergraduate Colloquium, Chemistry 801 - Graduate Colloquium

Research Interests

There are two main objectives in our laboratory.  The first objective is to synthesize and evaluate novel ferrocene-contaning copolymers for use in biosensors.  The second objective is the synthesis and characterization of thiophene-containing materials for energy storage applications or in photovoltaic applications.

Hobbies

Cycling, fishing, weight lifting.

Recent Publications

  1. A. Alzharani, E. Allehyani, C. Hance, and C.J. Neef, “Electrochemical Studies of Compolymers Containing Ferrocene and Maleimide”, submitted to Electrochimica Acta.
  2. N. Douglas, C. Neef, R. Rogers, J. Stanley, J. Armitage, B.  Martin, T. Hudnall, W. Brittain, “Reactivity of tetrahydrochromeno[2,3-b]indoles: chromic indicators of cyanide", Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry 2013, 26, 688–695
  3. J. Carberry, J.I. Irvin, D.T. Glatzhofer, K.M. Nicholas and C.J. Neef, “High Molecular Weight Copolymers of Vinylferrocene and 3-Phenyl[5]ferrocenophane-1,5-dimethylene with Various N-Substituted Maleimides”,  Reactive and Functional Polymers 2013, 73, 730-736