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Professor George Lisensky
Department of Chemistry
Beloit College
Beloit, WI 53511 USA

(608) 363-2225
FAX: (608) 363-2052


Chemical Education Activities


Education Publications

  1. George Lisensky, Ross McFarland-Porter, Weltha Paquin, and Kangying Liu, "Synthesis and Analysis of Zinc Copper Indium Sulfide Quantum Dot Nanoparticles," J. Chem. Educ., 97, 806-812 (2020) DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.9b00642
  2. George Lisensky, Fabian Dauzvardis, Jiaqi Luo, Jacob Horger, and Emma Koenig, "Emulsion Polymerization, Size Determination, and Self-Assembly of Monodispersed Poly (methyl methacrylate) Nanospheres for Photonics," J. Chem. Educ., 97, 813-819 (2020) DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.9b00621
  3. Fabian Dauzvardis, Alexander Knapp, Kaung Nan Dar Shein, George Lisensky, "A Quick and Easy Electroless Deposition and Alkanethiol Treatment to Form a Superhydrophobic Surface," J. Chem. Educ., 97, 184-189 (2020). DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.9b00639
  4. E. Koenig, A. Jacobs, and G. Lisensky, “Properties of Semiconductors: Synthesis of Oriented ZnO for Photoelectrochemistry and Photoremediation,” J. Chem. Educ., 94, 738-742 (2017). DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.6b00887
  5. George Lisensky, Solid State Stoichiometry (In-Class Activity, 2016)
  6. George Lisensky, Solid State Stoichiometry Online (Web Resources and Apps, 2016)
  7. George Lisensky, Close Packing (In-Class Activity, 2016)
  8. George Lisensky, Cyclic voltammetry animations (Web Resources and Apps, 2016)
  9. Daniel Kissel, Brandon Quillian, Emily Sylvester, George Lisensky, Jacob Lutter, Melanie Sanford, Roxy Swails, and Shirley Lin, Literature Discussion of “Design, synthesis, and carbon-heteroatom coupling reactions of organometallic nickel (IV) complexes.” (2016)“design-synthesis-and-carbon-heteroatom-coupling
  10. George Lisensky, Brandon Quillian, Daniel Kissel, Jacob Lutter, Melanie Sanford, Roxy Swails, and Shirley Lin, Ni(II) Ni(III) Ni(IV) Electron Counting and Geometries (Problem Set, 2016)
  11. C. Chiaverina, G. Lisensky, "A Nickel Curie point engine," Physics Teacher, (April 2014) 52, 250.
  12. M. Hemling, J. Crooks, P. Oliver, K. Brenner, J. Gilbertson, G. Lisensky, D. Weibel, “Microfluidics for high school chemistry students,” J. Chem. Educ., 91, 112-115 (2014).
  13. K. A. Duncan, C. Johnson, K. McElhinny, S. Ng, K. D. Cadwell, G. M. Zenner Petersen, A. Johnson, D. Horoszewski, K. Gentry, G. Lisensky, and W. C. Crone, “Art as an Avenue to Science Literacy: Teaching Nanotechnology through Stained Glass,” J. Chem. Educ., 87, 1031-1038 (2010).
  14. G. C. Lisensky, K. Lux, and W. C. Crone, “A Web-based Video Lab Manual for Nanoscale Science and Technology,” Nanoscale science and engineering education: Issues, trends and future directions, edited by A. E. Sweeney and S. Seal, ISBN: 1-58883-085-3, 2008.
  15. G. C. Lisensky, D. Horoszewski, K. L. Gentry, G. M. Zenner, and W. C. Crone, Fats, Oils, and Colors of a Nanoscale Material,” The Science Teacher, 30-35 (December 2006).
  16. O. M. Castellini, G. C. Lisensky, J. Walz, G. M. Zenner, Wendy C. Crone, “Structure and Properties of Carbon,” The Science Teacher, 36-41 (December 2006).
  17. G. C. Lisensky, A. C. Payne, K. L. Gentry, A. Comins, S. M. Condren, W. C. Crone, and A. B. Ellis, Polyhedral Model Kit, Institute for Chemical Education, Madison, WI (2006).
  18. E. M. Boatman, G. C. Lisensky, and K. J. Nordell, “A Safer, Easier, Faster Synthesis for CdSe Quantum Dot Nanocrystals,” J. Chem. Ed.,82, 1697-1699 (2005).
  19. G. C. Lisensky and E. M. Boatman, “Colors in Liquid Crystals,” J. Chem. Ed., 82, 1360A (2005).
  20. A. K. Bentley, M.. Farhoud, G. C. Lisensky, A. M. L. Nickel, A. B. Ellis, and W. C. Crone, “Template Synthesis and Magnetic Manipulation of Nickel Nanowires,” J. Chem. Ed., 82, 765-768 (2005).
  21. G. C. Lisensky, A. B. Ellis, H. Beall, D. J. Campbell, and, J. Stewart, Build a Better CD Player: How Can You Get Blue Light from a Solid?, ISBN 0-393-92430-0, W. W. Norton, New York, 2004.
  22. G. C. Lisensky, R. Hulet, M. Beug, and S. Anthony, "Soil Equilibria: Where Does Acid Rain Go?", ISBN 0-393-92437-8, W. W. Norton, New York, 2004.
  23. G. C. Lisensky, "Chem Connections Media Resources," ISBN 0-393-10552-0, W. W. Norton, New York, 2004.
  24. K. J. Nordell, N. D. Stanton, G. C. Lisensky, and A. B. Ellis, Amorphous Metal Kit, Publication 20-002, Institute for Chemical Education, Madison, WI, 2002.
  25. S. M. Condren, J. Breitzer, A. C. Payne, A. B. Ellis, C. G. Widstrand, T. F. Kuech, and G. C. Lisensky, "Student-centered, Nanotechnology-enriched Introductory College Chemistry Courses for Engineering Students," Int. J. Engineering Ed., 18, 550 (2002).
  26. J. Breitzer, S. M. Condren, G. C. Lisensky, K. J. Nordell, C. G. Widstrand, and A. B. Ellis, LED Color Strip Kit, Publication 02-001, Institute for Chemical Education, Madison, WI, 2002.
  27. G. C. Lisensky, K. J. Nordell, S. M. Condren, C. G. Widstrand, D. Malone, and A. B. Ellis, Exploring the Nanoworld Activity Kit, Publication 20-001, Institute for Chemical Education, Madison, WI, 2001. Spanish edition 2005.
  28. G. C. Lisensky, S. M. Condren, C. G. Widstrand, J. Breitzer, and A. B. Ellis, "LEDs Are Diodes," J. Chem. Ed., 78, 1664A-1664B (2001).
  29. S. M. Condren, G. C. Lisensky, A. B. Ellis, K. J. Nordell, T. F. Kuech, and S. A. Stockman, "LEDs: New Lamps for Old: A Paradigm for Ongoing Curriculum Modernization", J. Chem. Ed., 78, 1033 (2001).
  30. J. A. Olsen, M. A. Chesnik, K. J. Nordell, M. S. Rzchowski, S. M. Condren, C. R Landis, G. C. Lisensky, and A. B. Ellis, "Simple and Inexpensive Classroom Demonstrations of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Magnetic Resonance Imaging," J. Chem. Ed. 77, 882 (2000).
  31. D. J. Campbell, J. A. Olsen, C. E. Calderon, P. W. Doolan, E. A. Mengelt, A. B. Ellis, and G. C. Lisensky, "Chemistry with Refrigerator Magnets: From Modeling of Nanoscale Characterization to Composite Fabrication," J. Chem. Ed., 76, 1205-1211 (1999).
  32. P. Berger, N. Adelman, K. J. Beckman, D. J. Campbell, A. B. Ellis, and G. C. Lisensky, "Preparation and Properties of an Aqueous Based Ferrofluid," J. Chem. Ed., 76, 943-948 (1999).
  33. D. J. Campbell, K. J. Beckman, C. E. Calderon, P. W. Doolan, R. H. Moore, A. B. Ellis, and G. C. Lisensky, "Replication and Compression of Surface Structures with Polydimethylsiloxane Elastomer," J. Chem. Ed., 76, 537-541 (1999).
  34. A. B. Ellis, T. F. Kuech, G. C. Lisensky, D. J. Campbell, S. M. Condren, K. J. Nordell, "Making the Nanoworld Comprehensible: Instructional Materials for Schools and Outreach," J. Nanoparticle Research, 1(1), 147, (1999).
  35. K. J. Nordell, A. L. Jackelen, S. M. Condren, G. C. Lisensky, and A. B. Ellis, "Liver and Onions: DNA Extraction from Animal and Plant Tissues," J. Chem. Ed., 76, 400A-400B (1999).
  36. G. C. Lisensky, A. A. Lucas, K. J. Nordell, A. L. Jackelen, S. M. Condren, R. H. Tobe, and A. B. Ellis, DNA Optical Transform Kit, Publication 99-001, Institute for Chemical Education, Madison, WI, 1999.
  37. L. E. Parmentier, G. C. Lisensky and B. Spencer, "A Guided Inquiry Approach to NMR Spectroscopy," J. Chem. Ed., 75, 470-471 (1998).
  38. D. J. Campbell, J. K. Lorenz, A. B. Ellis, T. F. Kuech, G. C. Lisensky, M. S. Whittingham, "The Computer as a Materials Science Benchmark," J. Chem. Ed., 75, 297-312 (1998).
  39. J. K. Lorenze, J. A. Olsen, D. J. Campbell, G. C. Lisensky, and A. B. Ellis, "A Refrigerator Magnet Analog of Scanning-Probe Microscopy," J. Chem. Ed., 74, 1032A-1032B, (1997).
  40. A. B. Ellis, R. J. Brainard, K. D. Kepler, D. E. Moore, E. J. Winder, T. F. Kuech, and G. C. Lisensky, "Modulation of the Photoluminescence of Semiconductors by Surface Adduct Modulation: An Application of Inorganic Photochemistry to Chemical Sensing," J. Chem. Ed., 74, 680-684, (1997).
  41. G. C. Lisensky, M. N. Patel, and M. L. Reich, "Experiments with Glow-in-the-Dark Toys: Kinetics of Doped ZnS Phosphorescence," J. Chem. Ed., 73, 1048-1052 (1996).
  42. E. J. Winder, G. C. Lisensky, and A. B. Ellis, "Thermoelectric Devices: Solid-State Refrigerators and Electrical Generators in the Classroom," J. Chem. Ed., 73, 940-946 (1996).
  43. J. W. Moore, J. J. Jacobsen, K. H. Jetzer, G. Gilbert, F. Mattes, D. Phillips, G. Lisensky, and G. Zweerink, "ChemDemos II Videodisc," J. Chem. Ed. Software. Reviewed in J. Chem. Ed., 73, 874-875 (1996).
  44. G. C. Lisensky and A. B. Ellis, "Solid-State Resources CD-ROM," J. Chem. Ed. Software. Reviewed in J. Chem. Ed., 72, 918 (1995) and 73, 667-668 (1996).
  45. R. Viswanathan, G. Lisensky, and D. A. Dobson, "Off-the shelf portable data acquisition: Interfacing a serial-equipped multimeter," J. Chem. Ed., 73, A41 (1996).
  46. K. R. C. Gisser, M. J. Geselbracht, A. Cappellari, L. Hunsberger, A. B. Ellis, J. Perepezko, G. C. Lisensky, "Nickel-Titanium Memory Metal. A "Smart" Material Exhibiting A Solid-State Phase Change and Superelasticity," J Chem. Ed., 71, 334-340 (1994).
  47. G. C. Lisensky, J. C. Covert, and L. A. Mayer, Solid State Model Kit, Publication 94-007, Institute for Chemical Education, Madison, WI, 1994.
  48. R. Penn, G. C. Lisensky, D. S. Stone, M. J. Geselbracht, A. B. Ellis, "Mechanical Properties of Metals: Experiments with Iron, Copper, Tin, and Bubbles," J Chem. Ed., 71, 254-261 (1994).
  49. A. B. Ellis, M. J. Geselbracht, B. J. Johnson, G. C. Lisensky, and W. R. Robinson; Teaching General Chemistry: A Materials Science Companion, ISBN 0-8412-2725-X, ACS Books, Washington, 1993, 550 pages. Second printing, 1995.
  50. G. C. Lisensky, R. Penn, M. J. Geselbracht, and A. B. Ellis, "Periodic Properties in a Family of Common Semiconductors: Experiments with Light Emitting Diodes," J. Chem. Ed., 69, 89-95 (1992).
  51. M. G. D. Bauman, J. C. Wright, A. B. Ellis, T. Kuech, and G. C. Lisensky, "Diode Lasers," J. Chem. Ed., 69, 151-156 (1992).
  52. G. C. Lisensky, "Grafit: A Data Manipulation and Plotting Program," J. Chem. Ed. Software, August, 1991. Reviewed in J. Chem. Ed., 68, 587 (1991).
  53. G. C. Lisensky and K. Reynolds, "Chloride in Natural Waters: An Environmental Application of a Potentiometric Titration," J. Chem. Ed., 68, 334-335 (1991).
  54. G. C. Lisensky, T. F. Kelly, D. R. Neu, and A. B. Ellis, "The Optical Transform. Simulating Diffraction Experiments in Introductory Courses," J. Chem. Ed., 68, 91-96 (1991).
  55. A. B. Ellis, G. C. Lisensky, and D. R. Neu, Optical Transform Kit, Publication 90-002, Institute for Chemical Education, Madison, WI, 1991.
  56. G. C. Lisensky, "A Significant Example: How Many Days in a Century?" J. Chem. Ed., 67, 562 (1990).
  57. G. C. Lisensky and E. Limon, "Screw Cap Test Tubes as Spectrometer Cuvets," J. Chem. Ed., 66, 869 (1989).
  58. G. C. Lisensky and B. H. Mehlhaff, "Event-driven Data Acquisition: An Example Using Adalab with an Acculab Infrared Spectrometer," J. Chem. Ed., 63, 323 (1986).
  59. G. C. Lisensky and R. M. Friedman, "Synthesis and Proton NMR Spectrum of p-Xylylenebis(2-(2-ethyl 1,3-propanediol)); an organic laboratory experiment," J. Chem. Ed., 63, 644 (1986).
  60. C. T. Bailey and G. C. Lisensky, "Synthesis of Organometallic Palladium Complexes; an undergraduate experiment," J. Chem. Ed., 62, 896-897 (1985).

Research Publications

  1. A. Rahaman, G. C. Lisensky, J. Browder-Long, D. A. Hrovat, M. G. Richmond, E Nordlander. and G. Hogarth. "Electrocatalytic proton-reduction behaviour of telluride-capped triiron clusters: tuning of overpotentials and stabilization of redox states relative to lighter chalcogenide analogues," Dalton Trans., accepted for publication (2020).
  2. M. K. Hossain, M. Haukka, G. C. Lisensky, A. Lehtonen, E. Nordlander, "Oxovanadium(V) Complexes with Tripodal Bisphenolate and Monophenolate Ligands: Syntheses, Structures and Catalytic Activities," Inorganica Chimica Acta, 487, 112-119 (2019). DOI: 10.1016/j.ica.2018.11.049
  3. A. Rahaman, S. Ghosh, S. Basak-Modi, A. F. Abdel-Magied, S. E. Kabir, M. Haukka, M. G. Richmond, G. C. Lisensky, E. Nordlander, G. Hogarth, "Chalcogenide-capped triiron clusters [Fe3(CO)93-E)2], [Fe3(CO)73-CO)(μ3-E)(μ-dppm)] and [Fe3(CO)73-E)2(μ-dppm)] (E = S, Se) as proton-reduction catalysts," Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 880, 213-222 (2019),
  4. M. K. Hossain, M. Haukka, M. M. Hänninen, G. C. Lisensky, P. Paturi, E. Nordlander, and A. Lehtonen, "An experimental and theoretical study of a heptacoordinated tungsten(VI) complex of a noninnocent phenylenediamine bis(phenolate) ligand," Inorganic Chemistry Communications, 93, 149-152 (2018),
  5. A. Rahaman, G. C.Lisensky, D. A.Tocher, M. G. Richmond, G. Hogarth, and E. Nordlander, "Synthesis and molecular structures of the 52-electron triiron telluride clusters [Fe3(CO)83-Te)22-diphosphine)] - Electrochemical properties and activity as proton reduction catalysts," J. Organomet. Chem. 867, 381-390 (2018),
  6. E. Ekengard, L. Glans, I. Cassells, T. Fogeron, P. Govender, T. Stringer, P. Chellan, G. Lisensky, W. H. Hersh, S. Lidin, C. de Kock, P. Smith, G. Smith, E. Nordlander, I. Doverbratt, “Antimalarial activity of ruthenium(II) and osmium(II) arene complexes with mono- and bidentate chloroquine analogue ligands,” Dalton Trans., 44, 19314-19329 (2015).
  7. M. Mitra, H. Nimir, S. Demeshko, M. Haukka, J. Lloret-Fillol, F. Meyer, A. Shteinman, W. Browne, D. Hrovat, M. Richmond, M. Costas, E. Nordlander, S. Bhat, Satish; G. Lisensky, S. Malinkin, “Non-heme Fe(IV) Oxo Complexes of Two New Pentadentate Ligands and their Hydrogen- and Oxygen-Atom Transfer Reactions,” Inorg. Chem., 54, 7152-7164 (2015).
  8. B. Das, H. Daver, A. Singh, R. Singh, M. Haukka, S. Demeshko, F. Meyer, G. Lisensky, M. Jarenmark, F. Himo, E. Nordlander, “A heterobimetallic Fe(III)Mn(II) complex of an unsymmetrical dinucleating ligand; a structural and functional model complex for the active site of purple acid phosphatase of sweet potato ,” European J. Inorg. Chem., 13, 2204-2212 (2014).
  9. M. Czaun, S. M. Nelana, I. A. Guzei, C. Hasselgren, S. Jagner, G. Lisensky, J. Darkwa, and Ebbe Nordlander, "An investigation of Cu(II) and Ni(II) catalysed hydrolysis of (di)imines," Inorganica Chimica Acta 363(12), 3102-3112 (2010).
  10. J. Nilsson, E. Degerman, M. Haukka, G.C. Lisensky, E. Garriba, Y. Yoshikawa, H. Sakurai, H.Esbak, D. Rehder and E. Nordlander, "Bis- and tris(pyridyl)amine-oxidovanadium complexes: characteristics and insulin-mimetic potential," Dalton Trans., 7902 (2009).
  11. S. M. Nelana, J. Cloete, G. C. Lisensky, E. Nordlander, I. A. Guzei, S. F. Mapolie, and J. Darkwa, "Unconjugated diimine palladium complexes as Heck coupling catalysts," J. Mol. Catalysis A, 285, 72-78 (2008).
  12. A. K. Bentley, A. B. Ellis, G. C. Lisensky, and W. C. Crone, "Suspensions of nickel nanowires as magneto-optical switches," Nanotechnology, 16, 2193-2196, (2005).
  13. K. D. Kepler, G. C. Lisensky, M. Patel, L. A. Sigworth, and A. B. Ellis, "Surface-Bound Carbonyl Compounds as Lewis Acids. Photoluminescence as a Probe for the Binding of Ketones and Aldehydes to Cadmium Sulfide and Cadmium Selenide Surfaces," J. Phys. Chem., 99, 16011, (1995).
  14. D. E. Moore, G. C. Lisensky, A. B. Ellis, "Photoluminescent Properties of Cadmium Selenide Coated with a Photoactive Cobalt Coordination Complex: A Dioxygen-Driven Transducer," J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 116, 9487 (1994).
  15. E. R. M. Luebker, L. K. Leung, C. J. Murphy, G. C. Lisensky, and A. B. Ellis, "Chemical Sensing Applications of Semiconductor Photoluminescence", Biotechnology: Bridging Research and Applications, D. Kamely et al. (eds), Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1991.
  16. C. J. Murphy, G. C. Lisensky, L. K. Leung, G. R. Kowach, and A. B. Ellis, "Photoluminescence-Based Correlation of Semiconductor Electric Field Thickness with Adsorbate Hammett Substituent Constants. Adsorption of Aniline Derivatives onto Cadmium Selenide," J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 112, 8344 (1990).
  17. G. C. Lisensky, R. L. Penn, C. J. Murphy, and A. B. Ellis, "Electro-Optical Evidence for the Chelate Effect at Semiconductor Surfaces," Science, 248, 840 (1990).
  18. L. K. Leung, G. J. Meyer, G. C. Lisensky, and A. B. Ellis, "Modulation of the Time-Resolved Photoluminescence of Cadmium Selenide by Adduct Formation with Gaseous Amines," J. Phys. Chem., 94, 1214 (1990).
  19. G. J. Meyer, L. K. Leung, J. C. Yu, G. C. Lisensky, and A. B. Ellis, "Semiconductor-Olefin Adducts. Photoluminescent Properties of Cadmium Sulfide and Cadmium Selenide in the Presence of Butenes," J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 111, 5146-5148 (1989).
  20. G. C. Lisensky, G. J. Meyer, and A. B. Ellis, "Selective Detector for Gas Chromatography Based on Adduct-Modulated Semiconductor Photoluminescence," Analytical Chemistry, 60, 2531-2534 (1988). See also Sensor Technology, 5, 5 (January 1989).
  21. G. J. Meyer, E. R. M. Luebker, G. C. Lisensky, and A. B. Ellis, "Photoluminescent Properties of Cadmium Sulfide Contacted with Gaseous Lewis Acids and Bases", in Photochemistry on Solid Surfaces, M. Anpo, Ed., Elsevier, Amsterdam, 1989.
  22. G. J. Meyer, G. C. Lisensky, and A. B. Ellis, "Evidence for Adduct Formation at the Semiconductor-Gas Interface. Photoluminescent Properties of Cadmium Selenide in the Presence of Amines," J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 110, 4914-4918 (1988).
  23. G. J. Meyer, G. C. Lisensky, and A. B. Ellis, "A New Class of Chemical Sensors for Gases Based on Photoluminescence from Semiconductor-Derived Interfaces," Proc. Electrochem. Soc., 87-9, 438-448 (1987). See also Chemical and Engineering News, "Researchers find new class of chemical sensors," April 27, 1987, page 48.
  24. R. R. Gagné, D. M. Ingle, and G. C. Lisensky, "Metal Oxidation State and Imine Vibrational Frequencies of Reduced Copper and Nickel Tetraimine Macrocyclic Ligand Complexes," Inorg. Chem., 20, 1991-1993 (1981).
  25. R. R. Gagné, C. A. Koval, and G. C. Lisensky, "Ferrocene as an Internal Standard for Electrochemical Measurements," Inorg. Chem., 19, 2854-2855 (1980).
  26. R. R. Gagné, R. S. Gall, G. C. Lisensky, R. E. Marsh, and L. M. Speltz, "Reaction of Molecular Oxygen with Copper(I). Structural Characterization of Dimeric µ-Carbonato and Tetrameric µ-Hydroxo Complexes Resulting from the Autoxidation of a Copper(I) Carbonyl Complex," Inorg. Chem., 18, 771-781 (1979).
  27. R. R. Gagné, J. L. Allison, and G. C. Lisensky, "Unusual Structural and Reactivity Types for Copper: Structure of a Macrocyclic Ligand Complex Apparently Containing Copper(I) in a Distorted Square-Planar Coordination Geometry," Inorg. Chem., 17, 3563-3571 (1978).
  28. H. A. Levy and G. C. Lisensky, "Crystal Structures of Sodium Sulfate Decahydrate and Sodium Tetraborate Decahydrate. Redetermination by Neutron Diffraction," Acta Cryst., B34, 3502-3510 (1978).
  29. G. C. Lisensky and H. A. Levy, "Sodium Thiosulfate Pentahydrate: A Redetermination by Neutron Diffraction," Acta Cryst., B34, 1975-1977 (1978).
  30. G. C. Lisensky, C. K. Johnson, and H. A. Levy, "A Neutron-Diffraction Study of the 1:1 Molecular Complex of 7,7,8,8-Tetracyanoquinodimethane with p-Terphenyl," Acta Cryst., B32, 2188-2197 (1976).