Dr. James R. Durig

Emeritus Professor

Email: durigj@umkc.edu

Degrees and Experience

B.A., Chemistry, Washington & Jefferson College (1958)
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology,  (1962)
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of South Carolina (1962-1965)
Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of South Carolina (1965-1969)
Professor of Chemistry, University of South Carolina (1969-1970)
Educational Foundation Professor of Chemistry, University of South Carolina (1970-1973)
Dean, College of Science & Mathematics, University of South Carolina (1973-1993)
Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Missouri-Kansas City (1993-2000)
Professor of Chemistry, University of Missouri-Kansas City (1993 – 2003)
Curators’ Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Missouri-Kansas City (2003 – 2016)

Honors and Awards (Selected)

Coblentz Society Awardee for Outstanding Research in Molecular Spectroscopy (1970)
Charles A. Stone Award for the advancement of the chemical profession in the Southeast-Piedmont Section of the American Chemical Society (1975)
Southern Chemist Award—in recognition of outstanding activity in research, administration and service connected with the aims of the American Chemical Society — Memphis Section (1976)
Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award, West Germany (1976)

Research Interests

The Durig group carries out vibrational spectroscopic studies on molecules that are environmentally important or of importance in new materials. These studies are for the purposes of identifying decomposition products of chemicals utilized in the environment as well as molecules of biological interest. Our group also carries out ab-inito calculations to predict the infrared and Raman spectra and to determine the conformational stability of molecules.

Selected Publications

B. S. Deodhar, R. E. Brenner, J. J. Klaassen, M. J. Tubergen, J. R. Durig, “Microwave, Structural, Conformational, Vibrational Studies and ab initio Calculations of Fluoroacetyl Chloride,” Spectrochim. Acta 148, 289, (2015).

D. K. Sawant, T. K. Gounev, J. J. Klaassen, J. R. Durig, “r0 Structural parameters, Conformational, Vibrational Studies and ab Initio Calculations of Cyanocyclopentane” Spectrochim. Acta 151, 468 (2015).

J. R. Durig, G. A. Guirgis, D. K. Sawant, R. E. Brenner, B. S. Deodhar, Y. Geboes, B. H. Pate, W. A. Herrebout, D. V. Hickman, “Microwave, ro Structural Parameters, Conformational Stability and Vibrational Assignment of Chloromethyl Fluorosilane,” J. Phys. Chem. A 119, 11532 (2015).

B. S. Deodhar, R. E. Brenner, D. K. Sawant, G. A. Guirgis, Y. Geboes, W. A. Herrebout, J. R. Durig, “Vibrational Assignments and Conformational Stability Determination of Cyclobutyldichlorosilane by Variable Temperature Raman Spectra in Krypton Solution” Vib. Spectrosc., 81, 119, (2015).

J. R. Durig, G. A. Guirgis, D. K. Sawant, N. A. Seifert, B. S. Deodhar, B. H. Pate, S. S. Panikar, P. Groner, J. S. Overby, S. Askarian, “Microwave, ro Structural Parameters, Conformational Stability and Vibrational Assignment of Cyclopropylcyanosilane,” Chem. Phys. 445, 68, (2014).