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Biochemistry and Chemistry Programs

W.C. Morris Building
Room 417
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4948
Fax: 660-543-8142

McKay, Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott Mckay Department Chair
Professor of Chemistry

Director: Center for Alternative Fuels
and Environmental Systems ( CAFES )

University of Central Missouri
Biochemistry, Chemistry & Physics
W.C. Morris Building, Room 417
Warrensburg, MO 64093

Joined UCM faculty in 1999.

B.S. Geology: Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY
B.A. Chemistry: Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY
M.S. Chemistry: Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY
Ph.D. Chemistry: Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL

Courses Regularly Taught

General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to the Sciences: Chemistry
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Modern Organic Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Computational Chemistry
Chemical Communication Skills

Dr. McKay joined the faculty at UCM in the fall of 1999. His primary duties are teaching general chemistry, organic chemistry, and mentoring undergraduate researchers. Before joining the faculty at UCM Dr. McKay was an assistant professor of chemistry at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee and an instructor of chemistry at Northlake College in Irving, Texas. He received post-doctorate training at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in the area of crystal engineering.

Research Interests

Dr. McKay's research interests are in the areas of intermolecular interactions in crystal engineering, proton exchange membranes for hydrogen fuel cells, theoretical investigations of strained organic molecules, and synthetic pathways towards cyclooctatetraenophanes. We seek to establish a more thorough understanding of C-H…O and donor-acceptor non-covalent interactions in the solid state of organic compounds. Supramolecular structures of target molecules are evaluated by X-ray crystallography, NMR, IR, melting point and computational methods. Heterocyclic N-oxide moieties serve as excellent hydrogen bond accepters. They have a propensity to propagate a crystal lattice, and electron deficient CH groups are available that are naturally activated for hydrogen bond donation.

We have several undergraduate students currently looking at the affects of C-H...O hydrogen bonding on crystal motifs. Other student researchers in our group are investigating new PEEK monomers for use as proton exchange membranes in hydrogen fuel cell technology. We are quickly moving into the computational and crystallographic phases of the project. If you are interested in becoming involved in research, contact either Dr. McKay or a current group member. We are always happy to discuss project opportunities in our group or inform you of other opportunities that might be available in the chemistry department.

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