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Steven Peters

Professor, Physical/Organic/Biochemistry
Chemistry
Office
Science Laboratory Building - SLB 315
Office Hours
Mon. 5-6pm, Wed. 11:15am-12:15pm
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Current Courses

141.004General Chemistry II

299.017Independent Honor Study In Chemistry

499.017Independent Research For The Master's Thesis

372.001Physical Biochemistry

373.001Physical Biochemistry Laboratory

290.017Research in Chemistry

490.017Research In Chemistry

499.107Independent Research For The Master's Thesis Last Term

490.005Research In Chemistry

Research Interests & Areas

Research interests in my group involve the chemistry of free radicals and radical anions, particularly those that are important to polymeric chemistry and biochemistry. We employ magnetic resonance techniques to explore the chemistry of these systems. My students and I have been very active in looking at the electron initiated cycloaddition of isocyanates that results in the formation of stable isocyanurate anion radicals; both isocyanates and isocyanurates are important in polyurethane chemistry (Organic Letters, 2008, 10, 4521-4524). We are currently exploring the reduction of a variety of aryl substituted isocyanates. My group is also interested in the reactivity between phenoxyl radicals with nitrogen oxide free radicals, both of which are important in many environmental and biological processes. We have just finished investigating the rearrangement mechanism of a stericly hindered nitrocyclohexadienone (2) under anaerobic conditions, see mechanism below (European Journal of Organic Chemistry. 2009, 35, 6104–6108). Notably, we discovered that a key step in this mechanism is the release of the free radical nitric oxide, which is an important biological messenger in numerous living organisms. This reaction is slow enough to observe the transformation of 2 to the final products using our new state-of-the-art Bruker nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers.

Ph D Physical Chemistry

Indiana University
Bloomington,IN

MS Chemistry

Illinois State Univeristy
Normal, IL

BS Chemistry

Illinois State University
Normal, IL

Excellence Award for Outstanding Scholarship (Pre-Tenure) Honorable Mention

Illinois State University College of Arts and Sciences
2010

Journal Article

“Electron Distribution in 1,2,3-Benzotriazole and 1,2,3-Triazole Anion Radical Isomers: An EPR and DFT Study” Peters*, S. J.; Patel, K. J. Org. Chem. 2021, 86, 14786-14796.[doi: 10.1021/acs.joc.1c01584]

Walker, J., Friesen, J., Peters, S., Jones, M., & Friesen, J. Development of a new and reliable assay for choline kinase using P-31 NMR. HELIYON 5.10 (2019)

“Influence of Annulation on the Electron Spin within the 1,2,3-Triazole Ring in Annulenotriazole Anion Radicals” Peters*, S. J.; Maybell, D. L. J. Org. Chem. 2018, 83, 3617-3623.[doi: 10.1021/acs.joc.7b03245]

“Tris-[8]annulenyl Isocyanurate Trianion Triradical and Hexa-anion from the Alkali Metal Reduction of [8]Annulenyl Isocyanate” Peters*, S. J.; Klen, J. R. J. Org. Chem. 2015, 80, 5851-5858.[doi: 10.1021/acs.joc.5b00859]

 “Spectroscopic Characterization of 1-Naphthyl Isocyanate Anion Radical and of Tris(1-naphthyl) Isocyanurate Atropisomers” Peters*, S. J.; Kassabaum, M. K.; Nocella, M. K.; McDonald, R. Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2015, 6040-6046.[doi: 10.1002/ejoc.201500863]

Presentations

An electron spin distribution comparison between N-methyl benzotriazole and N-methyl triazole anion radicals. Illinois State University Research Symposium. Illinois State University. (2020)
Analysis of the electron spin distribution in H1- and H2-1,2,3-triazole and annulenotriazole anion radicals. 2020 Central Regional Meeting American Chemical Society. American Chemical Society. (2020)
Formation of stable anion radical oligomers from the one electron reduction of alkyl isothiocyanates. Illinois State University Research Symposium. Illinois State University. (2020)
Formation of stable anion radical oligomers from the one electron reduction of alkyl isothiocyanates. Spring 2020 American Chemical Society National Meeting. American Chemical Society. (2020)
Influence of 1,2,3-triazole aromaticity on electron spin distribution in annulenotriazole anion radicals. 255th American Chemical Society National Meeting. (2018)
Influence of the methyl group in the electron spin distribution in N-methyl benzotriazole anion radicals. Illinois State University Research Symposium. (2018)
Isocyanate Anion Radicals and their Cyclotrimerization to Isocyanurate Anion Radicals,” Presented at the Joint Great Lakes/Central Regional Meeting, Grand Rapids, MI, May 27, 2015 (invited talk)
Influence of alkali metal ion association upon the reduction of aryl isocyanates. 246th American Chemical Society National Meeting. American Chemical Society. (2013)
STRUCTURE AND STABILITY OF PHENYL ISOCYANATE ANION RADICALS. 2013 Illinois State University Research Symposia. Illinois State University. (2013)
THE INFLUENCE OF ALKALI METAL ION ASSOCIATION ON THE CHEMISTRY OF ARYL ISOCYANATE ANION RADICALS. 2013 Illinois State University Research Symposia. Illinois State University. (2013)

Grants & Contracts

Sabbatical Leave Proposal. Illinois State University. Other. (2015)
Electron Driven Formation of Aromatic and Nonaromatic Substituted Isocyanurates and Isocyanuratocyclophanes from Isocyanates. ACS-Petroleum Research Fund. Private. (2012)
Investigating the Chemistry of Phenolic Compounds with Nitrogen Oxide Free Radicals. ISU Summer Faculty Fellowship. Illinois State University. (2011)
Electron Initiated Chemistry of Substituted Isocyanates. ISU-University Faculty Research Award. Illinois State University. (2009)
MRI: Acquisition of 400 MHz NMRs for Research and Education. National Science Foundation. Federal. (2007)