Spence Pilcher

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Dr Spence Pilcher

pilchesc@nsuok.edu

  • Professor
    Chemistry

Office Location

  • Tahlequah
    Science Building 240
    (918) 444-3815

Bio

Dr. Spence Pilcher grew up on a dairy farm in Kansas, OK. He received two B.S. degrees from Northeastern State University, one in Chemistry and the other in Mathematics. Dr. Pilcher went on to receive his Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University in Chemistry (Organic emphasis). Prior to coming to NSU, he taught for four years at NWOSU in Alva, OK, and has spent two summers as a Visiting Assistant Professor at SMU in Dallas and then at University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Education:

  • Ph D,Chemistry,Oklahoma State University,,2000
  • BS,Chemistry,Northeastern State University,,1994
  • BS,Mathematics,Northeastern State University,,1994
Dr. Pilcher's research interests include microwave assisted organic syntheses (MAOS), polymerization in microemulsions, and ionic liquids.
Dr. Pilcher enjoys teaching General Chemistry I lecture, Organic Chemistry I and II (lecture and labs), Polymer Chemistry, Chemistry Seminar, Research in Chemistry, Nature of Matter, Essentials of Organic Chemistry, and University Strategies.

Intellectual Content:

  • Preparing 4-Ethoxyphenylurea Using Microwave Irradiation: Introducing Students to the Importance of Artificial Sweeteners and Microwave-Assisted Organic Synthesis (MAOS) (Journal Article, Academic Journal), Teaching & Learning, Published, February, 2017
  • Hybrid Course Design: A Different Type of Polymer Blend, (Journal Article, Academic Journal), Teaching & Learning, Published, May, 2017
  • Effects of Microwave Irradiation on the Polymerization of Styrene and Methyl Methacrylate in Microemulsions (Journal Article, Academic Journal), Discovery, Published, April (2nd Quarter/Spring), 2006
  • Influence of type and structure of surfactant on the stability of polystyrene particles prepared in microemulsions (Journal Article, Academic Journal), Discovery, Published, , 2002
  • High molecular weight poly(-methylstyrene) formed by free radical polymerization in emulsions (Journal Article, Academic Journal), , Published, , 2001
  • Poly(phenyl methacrylate) and poly(1-naphthyl methacrylate) prepared in microemulsions (Journal Article, Academic Journal), Discovery, Published, , 2001
  • Structures and Properties of Poly(methyl methacrylate) Latexes Formed in Microemulsions (Journal Article, Academic Journal), Discovery, Published, , 1998

Presentations:

  • Syntheses of Novel Solvent Molecules for Use in Solvate Ionic Liquids - 258th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society: Chemistry and Water - San Diego, CA - August 2019
  • Fischer Esterification by Microwave Irradiation Using Various Alcohols (Or Chemistry Doesnt Have to Stink) - 250th American Chemical Society National Meeting - Boston, MA - August 2015
  • Preparation of Dulcin (4-Ethoxyphenylurea) Using Microwave Irradiation - 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting - Dallas, TX - March 2014
  • To Blend or Not to Blend: A Comparative Study of a Blended and a Traditional General Chemistry Course - 246th American Chemical Society National Meeting - Indianapolis, IN - September 2013
  • Alternative Heating Method for the Multistep Synthesis of Dilantin - 64th Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society - Little Rock, AR - October 2008
  • Conversion of Vegetable Oil to Biodiesel Using Microwave Irradiation - Oklahoma Research Day - Edmond, OK - March 2013
  • Microwave Polymerization of Styrene and Methyl Methacrylate in Microemulsions: Conversion Study at Variable Power - Research Day at the Capitol - Oklahoma City, OK - April 2007
  • Collaborative Course Redesign: Incorporating Students in the - NSU Community and Collaboration Day - Tahlequah, OK - August 2013
  • Miscibility of Polymer Blends of Poly(methylphenylphosphazene) with Polystyrene, Poly (4-vinylphenol), and Poly(styrene-co-allyl alcohol) - NSU Undergraduate Research Day - Tahlequah, OK - April 2012
  • The Effects of Microwave Irradiation on the Polymerization of Styrene and Methyl Methacrylate in Microemulsions - International Microwaves in Chemistry Conference - Orlando, FL - March 2006