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Majors & Degrees

Jeffrey Elbert

Jeffrey Elbert

Jeffrey Elbert

Assistant Professor


College of Arts and Sciences


Ph.D., Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1990
MBA, Capella University Minneapolis, MN, 2003
M.S. in Chemistry, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1986
B.S. in Chemistry, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 1985


Office Location: Science Center
Phone: (605) 256-5194

All fields of Chemistry


Instrumental Analysis

Synthesis of photoactive compounds

Study of Bolaform Vesicles

Interaction of photoactive compounds with various tissue and cell types

Dean’s Award for Teaching in Departmental Programs - University of Northern Iowa

A study of 4-(alkylamino)amino substituted 1,8-naphthalimide fluoroionophores.” Elbert, J.E.; Paulsen, S.; Robinson, L.; Elzey, S.; Klein, K., J. Photochem Photobiol A:Chem, J. Photochem Photobiol A:Chem 169 (2005), 9-19.

Bromonitrothiolene 1,1-Dioxides in ‘Halogen Dance’ Reaction.” I.E. Efremova, V.V. Abzianidze, J.E. Elbert, V.M. Berestovitskaya, Journal of Sulfur Chemistry, 2004. Vol.25 (2-3). P.89-94.

Investigation of the Photochemistry and Photophysics of para-Substituted Tertiary Thiocinnamamides.” Elbert, J.E and Logue, B.A., Photochem. Photobiol. A:Chem. J. Photochem. Photobiol. A: Chem 128 (1999) 85-92.

Lipophilic MRI Contrast Agents as Potential Markers for Carnivore Population Studies” Jeffrey E. Elbert, Craig Kost, Rebecca Rasmussen, Danielle Johnson, Jonathan A. Jenks, Proceedings of the South Dakota Academy of Sciences, 1999, 78, 109-114.

"Metalloorganic Labels for DNA Sequencing and Mapping." Sloop, F.V.; Brown, G.M.; Sachleben, R.A.; Jacobson, K.B.; Garrity, M.L.; Elbert, J.E., New. J. Chem., 1994, 18, 317-326.

"Nonvertical Triplet Excitation Transfer to Arylalkene Acceptors: Further Evidence that Double Bond Torsion is Unimportant." Brennen, C.M.; Caldwell, R.A.; Elbert, J.E.; Unett, D.J., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1994, 116, 3460-3464.

"A New Synthetic Route to 2-(p-Nitrobenzyl)-1,4,7,10-Tetraazacyclododecane." Garrity, M.L.; Brown, G.M.; Elbert, J.E.; Sachleben, R.A., Tetrahedron Letters, 1993, 34(35), 5531.

"Recent Advances in Photoacoustic Calorimetry. 1. Theoretical Basis and Improvements in Experimental Design." Arnaut, L.G.; Caldwell, R.A.; Elbert, J.E.; Melton, L.A., Rev. Sci. Instrum., 1992, 63(11), 5381.

"Structure and Photoisomerization of (E)- and (Z)-Cinnamamides and Their Lewis acid Complexes." Lewis, F.D.; Elbert, J.E.; Upthagrove, A.L.; Hale, P.D., J. Org. Chem., 1991, 56, 553.

"Spectroscopy and Photochemistry of 2-Quinolones and Their Lewis Acid Complexes." Lewis, F.D.; Reddy, G.D.; Elbert, J.E.; Tillberg, B.E.; Meltzer, J.A.; Kojima, M., J. Org. Chem., 1991, 56, 5311.

"The Photochemistry and Photophysics of the Cinnamamides and Their Lewis Acid Complexes." Ph.D. Thesis, Jeffrey E. Elbert, 1990.

"Thermally Irreversible Photoresponsive Polymers: Synthesis and Preliminary Characterization of Copolymers Containing Side-Chain Cinnamamide Chromophores.: Shen, S.; Torkelson, J.M.; Elbert, J.E.; Lewis, F.D., Makromol. Chem., 1990, 191(10), 2367-75.

"Photochemical Generation, Isomerization, and Oxidation of Stilbene Cation Radicals." Lewis, F.D.; Bedell, A.M.; Dykstra, R.E.; Elbert, J.E.; Gould, I.R.; Farid, S., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1990, 112(22), 8055-64.

"Singlet States of Methyl Cinnamate and Methyl Indenoate." Lewis, F.D.; Quillen, S.L.; Elbert, J.E.; Schneider, S.; Geiselhart, P., J. Photochem. Photobiol. , A:Chemistry, 1989, 47(2),173.

"Configuration-Dependent Photoisomerization of (E)-Cinnamamides." Lewis, F.D.; Elbert, J.E.; Upthagrove, A.L.; Hale, P.D., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1988, 110(15), 5191-2.