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loyd d.bastin, phd, professor

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Loyd D. Bastin PhD


  • PhD Organic Chemistry 2000

    University of Washington (WA)

  • BA Chemistry 1994

    University of Kentucky (KY)

  • CHEM 461/463 Advanced Synthesis and Spectroscopy and Laboratory

  • CHEM 255/256/257/258 Organic Chemistry I/Organic Chemistry II/Organic Chemistry Laboratory I/Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

  • CHEM 120 Sustainable Chemistry

My research with Widener undergraduate students focuses on the development of greener syntheses of pharmaceuticals. Currently we are working on the greener synthesis of isoxazole derivatives, which serve as building blocks for pharmaceuticals used as anticonvulsants, antiepileptics, and antimicrobials. To 'green' the synthetic process, we aim to reduce waste and to find alternative chemicals to use as reagents to replace those that are corrosive, toxic, volatile, and sometimes carcinogenic.

Selected Awards

  • Cynthia H. Sarnoski Science Faculty Fellow, July 2015July 2017

  • Widener University President's Lecture, February 2015

Selected Publications

  • Bastin, L.D. (2011). Environmentally-friendly organic reagents and products. In A. Dicks, Ed., Green Organic Chemistry in Lecture and Laboratory, Chapter 6. CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL: 165197.

  • Van Bramer, S.E., & Bastin L.D. (2013). Using a progressive laboratory report to develop student writing skills. Journal of Chemical Education 90(6), 745750.

  • Belford, R.E., & Bastin, L.D. (2013). ConfChem conference on educating the next generation: Green and sustainable chemistry - An online conference. Journal of Chemical Education 90(4), 508–509.

Alpha Chi Sigma, Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), American Chemical Society (ACS)