Felix Goodson


  • B.A., Princeton University
  • Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

Courses taught:

  • CHE 230 Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry: 3 Credits.
  • CHE 231 Organic Chemistry I: 4 Credits.
  • CRL 231 Experimental Organic Chemistry I: 2 Credits.
  • CHE 232 Organic Chemistry II: 3 Credits.
  • CRL 232 Experimental Organic Chemistry II: 2 Credits.
  • CHE 333 Advanced Organic Chemistry: 3 Credits.
  • CHE 436 Polymer Chemistry: 3 Credits.

Research Interests:

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Research: Polymers, Organic Methods and Synthetic Methodologies

Organic Materials, Polymer Chemistry, Organometallic Chemistry

In our lab, we work on the synthesis and study of organic compounds with interesting optical and photochemical properties. We also study organometallic polymerization catalysts, species that stitch small molecules together to form large ones. Finally, we design, synthesize, and study polymeric materials with unique structures and properties.

Selected Research Publications

  1. Spivack, K. J.*; Walker, J. V.*; Sanford, M. J.*; Rupert, B. R.*; Ehle, A. R.*; Tocyloski, J. M.*; Jahn, A. N.*; Shaak, L. M.*; Obianyo, O.*; Usher, K. M.; Goodson, F. E. “Substitued Diarylnorbornadienes and Quadricyclanes: Synthesis, Photochemical Properties, and Effect of Substituent on the Kinetic Stability of Quadricyclanes.” J. Org. Chem., 2017, 82, 1301-1315.
  2. Harding, B. A.; Melvin, P. R.; Dougherty, Jr. W.; Kassel, S.; Goodson, F. E. * "Capturing a Ghost. Synthesis and Structural Characterization of Pd(dba)[P(o-Tol)3]2." Organometallics, 2013, 32, 3570.
  3. Eddy, J. W.; Davey, E. A.; Malsom, R. D.; Ehle, A. R.; Kassel, S.; Goodson, F. E.* "Palladium Complexes with Aqueous-Partitioning Dibenzylideneacetone Ligands. A New Strategy for Catalyst Design in Suzuki Polycondensation Reactions." Macromolecules 2009, 42, 8611.
  4. Murage, J.; Eddy, J. W.; Zimbalist, J. R.; McIntyre, T. B.; Wagner, Z. R.; Goodson, F. E.* "Effect of Reaction Parameters on the Molecular Weights of Polymers Formed in a Suzuki Polycondensation." Macromolecules, 2008, 41, 7330.
  5. Hargadon, M. T.; Davey, E. A.; McIntyre, T. B.; Gnanamgari, D.; Wynne, C. M.; Swift, R. C.; Zimbalist, J. R.; Fredericks, B. L.; Nicastro, A. J.; Goodson, F. E.* "Alternating Block Copolymers Consisting of Oligo(phenylene) and Oligo(ethylene glycol) Units of Defined Length: Synthesis, Thermal Characterization, and Light Emitting Properties." Macromolecules 2008, 41, 741.