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Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Faculty

Dr. Harold Rogers
Associate Professor Organic & Inorganic Chemistry

Office: MH-513B
Phone: (657) 278-2471
Lab: DBH-179
Phone: (657) 278-5295



Dr. Harold Rogers


CHEM 301AB Organic Chemistry
CHEM 306AB Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 325 Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 435 Chemistry of Hazardous Materials
CHEM 535 Organic Synthesis
CHEM 537 Organic Spectroscopy


Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA
B.S. California State University, Los Angeles, CA

Research Interests
The Rogers Group is actively working on a variety of projects that include synthetic and mechanistic organic, inorganic, and organometallic chemistry, environmental chemistry, polymer chemistry, analytical chemistry, materials science, and microbiology.  The techniques we use in our work include traditional synthetic and mechanistic methods, high-vacuum operations, inert-atmosphere manipulations, photochemistry, electrochemical methods, and instrumental methods such as gas chromatography, multi-nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, atomic absorption spectroscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry.  We also collaborate with our colleagues for their techniques expertise, such as x-ray crystallography, mass spectrometry, and inductively-coupled plasma spectroscopy, marine ecology, and microbiology.  A few of our current projects include: trying to develop new flame retardant materials that do not contain halogens; preparing polymers that incorporate organotin moieties as part of the polymer;, methods to prepare synthetically useful vicinal reactive organometallics (e.g., 1,2-diGrignard or 1,2-diorganolithium reagents), which are currently inaccessible via traditional routes.

Recent Publications

Casanova and H.R. Rogers, "Electroreductive Synthesis of Symmetrical Organomercurials from 1, w-Dibromides," J. Am. Chem. Soc., 96, 1942 (1974).

J. Casanova and H.R. Rogers, "Electroorganic Chemistry. II. Electroreduction of Vicinal Dibromides," J. Org. Chem., 39, 2408 (1974).

J. Casanova and H.R. Rogers, "Electroorganic Chemistry. IV. D 1,4- Bicyclo[2.2.0.] Hexene," J. Org. Chem., 39, 3803 (1974).

J. Casanova, H.R. Rogers, K.L. Servis, "Carbon-13 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Chemical Shifts and 13C-199Hg Coupling Constants for Symmetrical Dialkylmercurials," Org. Mag. Res., 7, 57 (1975).

H.R. Rogers, J.X. McDermott and G.M. Whitesides, "The Oxidation of Terminal Olefins to Methyl Ketones by Jones' Reagent is Catalyzed by Mercury(II)," J. Org. Chem., 40, 3577 (1975).

H.R. Rogers, Y. Fujiwara, C.L. Hill, R.J. Rogers, H.L. Mitchell and G.M. Whitesides, "The Mechanism of Formation of Grignard Reagents: The Kinetics of Reaction of Alkyl Halides with Magnesium," J. Am. Chem. Soc., 102, 217 (1980).

H.R. Rogers, H.L. Mitchell, R.J. Rogers and G.M. Whitesides, "The Mechanism of Formation of Grignard Reagents: The Kinetics of Reaction of Aryl Bromide with Magnesium and Tri-n-Butyltin Hydride," J. Am. Chem. Soc., 102, 231 (1980).

H.R. Rogers, J. Deutch and G.M. Whitesides, "The Mechanism of Formation of Grignard Reagents: The Rate of Reaction of Cyclopentyl Bromides with Magnesium in Ethereal Solvents is Diffusion Controlled," J. Am. Chem. Soc., 102, 226 (1980).

H.R. Rogers and J. Houk, "Preliminary Studies of the Mechanism of Metal-Halogen Exchange. The Kinetics of Reaction of n-Butyllithium with Substituted Bromobenzenes in Hexane Solution," J. Am. Chem. Soc., 104, 522 (1982).*

H.R. Rogers, J. Murray, R. Ahmed, O. Rasmy, and M. Tarle, "Electroorganic Chemistry. VI. Mechanism and Product Studies in the Electroreduction of 1,3-Dibromides," J. Casanova, Croat. Chem. Acta 63, 225 (1990).

M. Tarle, O. Rasmy, H.R. Rogers, and J. Casanova, "Electroorganic Chemistry, VII, The Role of Mercuric Salts in the Electroreduction of Benzylic Bromides," Croat. Chem. Acta, 63, 239 (1990).*

*Work Completed at CSUF
†Undergraduate student co-author
‡Graduate student co-author