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Chip Nataro, assistant professor of chemistry, co-authored an article, “Synthesis and characterization of ferrocenylalcohol derivatives of hexachlorocyclotriphosphazene. X-ray crystal structure of N3P3Cl5OCH2CH2C5H4FeCp,” with Charles N. Myer, W.M. Cleaver, and Christopher W. Allen in Journal of Organometallic Chemistry 637-639, 2001, 284.

The special issue celebrates the 50th anniversary of the discovery of ferrocene, which ushered in the modern era of organometallic chemistry.

Another paper co-authored by Nataro was published earlier this year: “Analysis of Phosphines Functionalized with Crown Ether Groups by NMR and Cyclic Voltammetry,” Polyhedron 20 (2001), pages 1023-28, with Holly M. Baseki ’00, a chemistry major from Wyoming, Pa., who graduated magna cum laude and as a member of Sigma Xi, Phi Lambda Upsilon, and Pi Mu Epsilon; Christine Thomas ’01, a chemistry major from Cinnaminson, N.J., who graduated summa cum laude as a member of Sigma Xi, Phi Lambda Upsilon, and who received the American Chemical Society Prize; Becky Wiza ’01, a biochemistry major from Mohrsville, Pa.; and Kelly M. Rourke ’01, a biochemistry major from Stoneham, Mass.

A visiting assistant professor for the previous two school years, Nataro has taught courses and mentored one student in a senior honors thesis, one in an independent study, and five in the EXCEL Scholars program. His research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of transition metal complexes that contain triphenylphosphines functionalized with crown ether groups. He came to Lafayette from the University of Vermont, where he was a post-doctoral fellow in the department of chemistry for two years. He holds a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Iowa State University and a B.S. in chemistry from Messiah College.

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