Dr. Wheeler teaches introductory and inorganic chemistry classes at Appalachian State University. He holds a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Idaho under the guidance of Dr. Leszek Czuchajowski. His research involved the synthesis and characterization of organometallic salts as model systems for nonlinear optical materials. Prior to his work at UI, Dr. Wheeler attended Kansas State University where he worked with Dr. Eric Maatta on vanadium imido complexes. Following graduate studies, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Berea College as a Henry and Camille Dreyfus Fellow and then was a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside until his appointment at Appalachian in August 1998.
Currently, Dr. Wheeler's research centers around the use of organic and air-sensitive organometallic synthetic techniques to create molecules that are potential nonlinear optical materials. The noncentrosymmetric crystallization of these chromophores is an essential requirement for efficient second-order nonlinear optical properties. The research has applications for optical and electro-optical devices in the telecommunications and optical data-processing industries. Research students learn synthesis and purification techniques, characterization methods, and how to formulated experimental design.
Title: Associate Professor, Inorganic Chemistry
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Phone: (828) 262-6805