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Chemistry Faculty

David Heroux, PhD

Associate Professor
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Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry, Kansas State University
B.A. Chemistry, Manhattanville College

Areas of Expertise:

Nanotechnology, inorganic and environmental chemistry, chemical magic

Courses I Teach:

  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II
  • General Chemistry Laboratory
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
  • Senior Seminar
  • First Year Seminar: Science That Changed History
  • Introduction to Environmental Science

Recent publications

 

A. F. Bedilo, E. I. Shuvarakova, A. M. Volodin, E. V. Ilyina, I. V. Mishakov, A. A. Vedyagin, V. V. Chesnokov, D. S. Heroux, and K. J. Klabunde.  “Effect of Modification with Vanadium or Carbon on Destructive Sorption of Halocarbons over Nanocrystalline MgO: The Role of Active Sites in Initiation of the Solid-State Reaction.” Journal of Physical Chemistry C.  2014, 118, 13715−13725

 

Mukarakate, X. Zhang, A. R. Stanton, D. J. Robichaud, P. N. Ciesielski, K. Malhotra, B. S. Donohoe, E. Gjersing, R. J. Evans, D. S. Heroux, R. Richards, K. Iisa and M. R. Nimlos.  “Real-time monitoring of the deactivation of HZSM-5 during upgrading of pine pyrolysis vapors.” Green Chemistry, 2014, 16, 1444–1461.

 

D.S. Heroux, G. Eason; “Working Towards Sustainability One Room at a Time.” Journal of Sustainability Education, 3, 2012.

 

Schmidt, K.J. Klabunde, A. Ponce, A. Smetana, D. Heroux,  Metal Vapor Synthesis of Transition Metal Compounds in Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry and Bioinorganic Chemistry. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., New York, 2011.

 

 

Student mentored research

 

I have had many research students join my group since I have arrived at St. Mike’s.  Summer students have been supported by the Trustee and Alumni Research Program, The Gianni Fund for Chemistry, and the NASA/Vermont EPSCoR Space Grant.  Academic year research has been supported by NASA or students have received credit or volunteered their time. All my students present their research at either local or national sympium

 

Recent Independent Research Studies

Advanced Synthesis. Spring 17, Jordan Roach.

Water Remediation. Fall 16, Caroline Staples.

Phospholipid Reactions. Fall 15, Katharine Tooke.

  

Presentations/Posters of original work By Mentored students

Synthesis and Characterization of Mesoporous Zirconia. Jordan Roach and David S. Heroux. ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2017. (also presented at Vermont Sigma Xi meeting 2017)

Total Conversion of Mixed Algae Lipids over Heterogeneous Catalysts. Emma Timmel and David S. Heroux. ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2017. (also presented at Vermont Sigma Xi meeting 2017)

Investigation of Ultrahigh Surface Area & Highly Graphitic Carbon for the Removal of Gasoline Based Pollutants from Ground Water, Caroline Staples, SMC Symposium 2017.

An Undergraduate Laboratory Experiment to Investigate Surface Areas of Nanoscale Materials.
Jillian Denhardt and David S. Heroux, ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA.  2016.

Recyclability and Stability of High Surface Area CaO for Converting Algae Polar Lipids to Biodiesel.  Amanda Trainor, David S. Heroux, ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA, 2016.  (also presented at the Vermont Space Grant Consortium annual meeting and awards ceremony. University of Vermont, 2015.)

Silica templated zirconia catalysts for condensation reactions, Zachary Minior and David S. Heroux, ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA.  2016.

Cobalt Loaded Mesoporous Materials for Oxidation Catalysis.  Ellen Murchie, David S. Heroux, ACS National Meeting, Denver, CO, 2015. (also presented at SMC Symposium 2015)

Synthesis of High Surface Area CaO and SrO and Their Use in the Conversion of Algae Polar Lipids to Biodiesel.  Katharine Tooke, David S. Heroux, ACS National Meeting, Denver, CO, 2015. (also presented at SMC Symposium 2015 and the Vermont Space Grant Consortium annual meeting 2014)

Carbon coated nanoscale metal oxide for the production of biofuels from biomass, Robert Tracy, David S. Heroux.  ACS National Meeting, Dallas, TX, 2014.

Memberships

  • American Chemical Society
  • Phi Lambda Upsilon (Chemical Honor Society)
  • Alpha Chi Sigma Council on Undergraduate Research

Awards

  • Leadership Development Award
  • Younger Chemist Committee, ACS
  • 2004 Phi Lambda Upsilon Graduate Research Award, Kansas State University
  • 2004 Graduate Research Award, Department of Chemistry, Kansas State University
  • 2003 Wyvern Pin (blue), Alpha Chi Sigma
  • 2002 Highest recognition for outreach activities
  • 1990 CRC Chemistry Award, Manhattanville College

David Heroux, associate professor of chemistry, in January 2017 was re-elected as Chair of the Green Mountain Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

He also was selected as Chair of a new committee of the American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Education's Examination Institute. The committee is responsible for producing the 2019 Full Year General Chemistry Exam. This appointment is a significant recognition of stature in the chemistry education community and the ACS exams play an important role in the education of future chemists. The appointment marks my fourth selection to an ACS exam writing committee.

In April, David presented a poster entitled "An Undergraduate Laboratory Experiment to Investigate Surface Areas of Nanoscale Materials" at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Francisco.

In December, he was appointed to The ACS Committee on Community Activities (CCA). The CCA delivers high-quality community-based outreach programs, products, and services and provides opportunities to connect chemists with their local communities in an effort to improve the public's perception of chemistry. The Committee on Community Activities (CCA) organizes a number of successful nation-wide community outreach programs, such as National Chemistry Week (NCW) and Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED).

Two of David’s research students presented at a national conference, and he was co-author on both posters - two of his mentored students present at the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco: Emma Timmel '19, chemistry and environmental science major, presented "Total Conversion of Mixed Algae Lipids over Heterogeneous Catalysts" and Jordan Roach '18, chemistry major, presented "Synthesis and Characterization of Mesoporous Zirconia."

(posted June 2017)

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