Theunis van Aardt

Assistant Professor of Chemistry


BS; Chemistry, University of the Orange Free State, South Africa
PhD, Synthetic Organic Chemistry, University of the Free State, South Africa


CHEM 100: Foundations in Chemistry
CHEM 340: Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 342: Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 343: Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
CHEM 465: Physical Chemistry I Laboratory
CHEM 467: Physical Chemistry II Laboratory
BIO 225 and 226: Marine Eco Habitats & Bio Diversity

Current Research Projects:

trans-Pterocarpans are unknown to occur naturally in nature, and is believed by many in the field to not be synthetically producible.  However, the molecular similarity between them and the basic hormonal skeletal structure, makes these molecules interesting synthetic targets. It is hoped to, not only clarify a synthetic approach to this class of compounds, but also to develop an enantioselective synthetic protocol.

Interests and Hobbies:

Dr. Theunis van Aardt (Dr.T) comes from so far south that he had to move from South Africa to get here. His PhD (in synthetic organic chemistry) is from the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein (“flower fountain”) in South Africa. He grew up in the oldest desert in the world – the Namib, Namibia, so all the rain up here still makes him want to sing……The man will do almost anything fun that can be done outside – if there is water involved it only makes him happier!!  Dr.T is a certified scuba instructor and also loves to ride his motorcycle.  Other than that; if you ever need a MacGyver DIY man, “who ya gonna call?”

Office: Campbell Hall 156
Phone: (304) 336-8033
E-Mail: [email protected]

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College Union Box 160
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