Kenneth J Brown

Kenneth J

Overview

Department: 
School of Science » Biochemistry
School of Science » Chemistry
SMC Email Address: 
Contact Information: 

Office
Brousseau Hall - 336

Contact:
Phone: 4436
Fax: 376-4027
Email: kbrown@stmarys-ca.edu
Mail: P.O. Box 4527

Education

  • Ph. D. Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, December 1983
  • B.S. Chemistry, Saint Mary's College of California, May 1977
    Summa Cum Laude

Courses Taught

Recently Taught:

  • Chem 104 & 106: Organic Chemistry (lecture and lab)
  • Chem 108: Theory and Practice of Separation and Identification (lecture and lab)
  • Chem 111: Advanced organic Chemistry
  • Chem 199: Independent Student Research
  • Chem 9 & 11: General Chemistry Laboratory
  • Collegiate Seminar 20: Greek Thought
  • Collegiate Seminar 21: Roman, Early Christian, and Medieval Thought
  • January Term: Molecular Detectives
  • January Term: Water -- Finding Enough, Keeping it Clean

Service

Professional Organizations:

  • Adult Leader, Boy Scouts of America
    (August 1997 - April 2006)
  • Member, Mono Lake Committee
    (July 1986 - Present)
  • Member, Nature Conservancy
    (September 1980 - Present)
  • Member, American Chemical Society
    (September 1977 - Present)

Presentations

Conferences

  • Analysis of Membrane Composition and Identification of Halophilic Bacteria Using Fatty Acid Methyl Ester Profiles. Snead, Christian and Brown, Kenneth J. (poster)
    National Meeting and Student Research Conference of the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society
    (November 2008)
  • Hydride Transfer from Magnesium Alkoxides to Substituted Benzaldehydes. Rodriguez, Scott and Brown, Kenneth J. (poster)
    232nd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society
    (September 2006)
  • Friedel-Crafts Reactions: Unexpected Products. McLean, Jason G. and Brown, Kenneth J. (poster)
    229th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society
    (March 2005)
  • Comparison of Alkaloid Content Between California Populations of Broom. Levie, Julie and Brown, Kenneth J. (poster)
    Undergraduate Research Symposium of the California Section of the American Chemical Society
    (May 2004)
  • Curricular Threads: An Experiment Connecting Extraction, Chromatography, and Biological Transport. Brown, Kenneth J. (talk, speech or lecture)
    225th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society
    (March 2003)
  • Diastereoselective Reactions of Ethyl Magnesium Alkoxide Reagents with 2-Phenylpropanal. Webber, Carrie and Brown, Kenneth J. (poster)
    225th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society
    (March 2003)
  • Zito, Abbigail and Brown, Kenneth J. (poster)
    225th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society
    (March 2003)
  • Stereoselectivity of Cyclic Imine Reduction. Ostrowski, Rafael and Brown, Kenneth J. (poster)
    Undergraduate Research Symposium of the California Section of the American Chemical Society
    (May 2002)
  • Stereoselective Hydride Transfer of Magnesium Alkoxides. Marton, Andras and Brown, Kenneth J. (talk, speech or lecture)
    Undergraduate Research Symposium of the California Section of the American Chemical Society
    (May 2001)
  • Electronic Structure, Quantum Theory, and Spectroscopy -- A Curricular Thread. Brown, Kenneth J., Wesemann, Jodi L. and Bachofer, Steven J. (talk, speech or lecture)
    36th Western Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society
    (October 2000)
  • Anchoring the Cirricular Thread on Electronic Structure, Quantum Theroy, and Spectroscopy: A General Chemistry Exploration of Energy and Color. Wesemann, Jodi L., Brown, Kenneth J. and Bachofer, Steven J. (talk, speech or lecture)
    36th Western Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, San Francisco
    (October 2000)
  • Stereochemistry of Imine Addition Reactions: Investigating Electronic Factors That Control Selectivity. Saad, Ola and Brown, Kenneth J. (talk, speech or lecture)
    Undergraduate Research Symposium of the California Section of the American Chemical Society
    (May 2000)
  • Enhanced Diastereoselectivity in Grignard Reactions of 2-Phenylpropanal. Brown, Kenneth J. and Rader, Paul (poster)
    219th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, San Francisco
    Presented twice at the conference.
    (March 2000)
  • Borohydride Reductions of Ketones Supported on Polystyrene. Ostrowski, Jacek and Brown, Kenneth J. (talk, speech or lecture)
    Undergraduate Research Symposium of the Santa Clara Valley Section of the American Chemical Society
    (May 1999)
  • Reductions in Micellar Media. Mieczkowski, Carl A. and Brown, Kenneth J. (poster)
    217th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society
    (March 1999)
  • Incorporating Spectroscopic Analysis, Spreadsheets, and Poster Presentations in General Chemistry. Wesemann, Jodi L., Brown, Kenneth J. and Bachofer, Steven J. (talk, speech or lecture)
    34th Western Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, San Francisco
    Presented by Jodi L. Wesemann
    (October 1998)
  • Laboratory Investigation of Reaction Stereoselectivity: The Power of Modern Chromatography. Brown, Kenneth J. (talk, speech or lecture)
    15th Biannial Conference on Chemical Education, Waterloo, Ontario
    (August 1998)
  • Separation and Identification as a Focus for the Integrated Laboratory. Brown, Kenneth (talk, speech or lecture, paper)
    12th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Davis, CA
    (August 1992)

Publications

  • Brown, Kenneth, Berry, Matthew S. & Murdoch, Joseph R. (1985). The Synthesis of Optically Active 2,2'-Dihalo-1,1'-Binaphthyls via Stable Diazonium Salts. J. Org. Checm, Vol. 50, 4345.
  • Brown, Kenneth & Murdoch, Joseph R. (1984). The Non-Planar Structure of 2,2'-Dilithio-1,1'-Binaphthyl. J. Am. Chem. Soc., Vol. 106, 7843.
  • Brown, Kenneth, Berry, Matthew S., Eaterman, Kenneth C., Ligenfelter, David & Murdoch, Joseph R. (1984). Preparation and Lithiation of Optically Active 2,2'-Dihalo-1,1'-Binaphthyls. A General Strategy for Obtaining Chiral, Bidentate Ligands for Use in Asymmetric Synthesis. J. Am. Chem. Soc., Vol. 106, 4717.

Interests

Scholarly Interests: 

Interests

  • Investigation of Hydride Transfer Reactions from Magnesium Alkoxides
  • Analysis of Membrane Fatty Acid Profiles in Halophilic Bacteria
  • Effective Use of Chromatography and Spectroscopy in the Chemistry Curriculum