Nancy S. B. Williams
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Office: Keck Science Center 228
Phone: 909-607-1603
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Educational Background:
B.S. Harvey Mudd College(Mitsuru Kubota); M.S., Ph.D. University of Washington (Karen Goldberg); NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship, Universiteit Utrecht (Gerard van Koten); Postdoctoral Fellow, UNC, Chapel Hill (Maurice Brookhart)
Courses Taught:
General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry
Research Interests:
Physical Organometallic Chemistry, Ligand Design and Effects on Fundamental Organic Transformations
Thesis Topics:
Selected Publications List: Click to open new window.
1.   Jamieson, E. R.; Eppley, H. E.; Geselbracht, M. J.; Johnson, A. R. Reisner, B. A.; Smith, S. A.; Stewart, J. L. Watson, L. A.; Williams, B. S . (2011). Inorganic Chemistry and IONiC: An Online Community Bringing Cutting-Edge Research into the Classroom. Inorg. Chem.   50: 5849-5854. Abstract Article
2.   Eppley, H. J; Geselbracht, M. J.; Jamieson, E. R; Johnson, A. R.; Reisner, B. A.; Smith, S. Stewart, J. L.; Watson, L. A., Williams, B. S . (2010). Building an Online Teaching Community: An Evolving Tale of Communication, Collaboration and Chemistry. Enhancing Learning with Online Resources, Social Networking, and Digital Libraries Belford, R.; Moore, J.; Pence, H. (Eds.) ACS Symposium Series : Chapter 16, 309–330. Abstract Article
3.   Williams, B. S . (2010). Sceptical Chymists Online: How the Practice, Teaching, and Learning of Science Will be Affected by Web 2.0. Enhancing Learning with Online Resources, Social Networking, and Digital Libraries Belford, R.; Moore, J.; Pence, H. (Eds.) ACS Symposium Series : Chapter 6, 95–114. Abstract Article
4.   Reisner, B. A., Williams, B. S . (2010). Visible Teaching: Moving from a Solitary Practice to a Community Endeavor. J. Chem. Educ.   87: 252-253. Abstract Article
5.   Benatan, E.; Dene, J.; Eppley, H.; Geselbracht, M.; Jamieson, E.; Johnson, A.; Reisner, B.; Stewart, J.; Watson, L.; Williams, B. S . (2009). Come for the Content, Stay for the Community. Academic Commons   : September. Article
6.   Benatan, E.; Eppley, H. J.; Geselbracht, M. J.; Johnson, A. R.; Reisner, B. A.; Stewart, J. L.; Watson, L.; Williams, B. S . (2009). IONiC: A Cyber-Enabled Community of Practice for Improving Inorganic Chemical Education. J. Chem. Educ.   86: 123 (summary). Abstract Article
7.   Smythe, N. A.; Grice, K. A.; Williams, B. S.; Goldberg, K. I . (2009). Reductive Elimination and Dissociative Beta-Hydride Abstraction from Pt(IV) Hydroxide and Methoxide Complexes. Organometallics   28: 277-288. Abstract Article
8.   Scheuermann, M. L.; Rheingold, A. L.; Williams, B. S. . (2009). Reversible Carbonylation of an [NCN]PtMe Pincer Complex and Direct Evidence of Alkyl Migration. Organometallics   28: 1613-1615. Abstract Article
9.   Madison, B. L.; Thyme, S. B.; Keene, S.; Williams, B. S . (2007). Mechanistic Study of Competitive sp3-sp3 and sp2-sp3 Carbon-Carbon Reductive Elimination from a Platinum (IV) Center and the Isolation of a C-C Agostic Complex. J. Am. Chem. Soc.   129: 9538 -9539. Abstract Article
10.   Medici, S.; Gagliardo, M., Williams, S. B.; Chase, P. A.; Gladiali, S.; Lutz, M; Spek, A. L.; van Klink, G. P. M.; van Koten, G . (2005). Novel P-Stereogenic PCP Pincer-Aryl Ruthenium(II) Complexes and Their Use in the Asymmetric Hydrogen Transfer Reaction of Acetophenone. Helv. Chim. Acta   88: 694 - 705. Abstract Article
11.   Procelewska, J.; Zahl, A.; Liehr, G.; Van Eldik, R.; Smythe, N. A.; Williams, B. S.; Goldberg, K. I. . (2005). Mechanistic Information on the Reductive Elimination from Cationic Trimethylplatinum(IV) Complexes to Form Carbon-Carbon Bonds. Inorg. Chem.   44: 7732-7742. Abstract Article
12.   Williams, B. S.; Leatherman, M. D.; White, P. S.; Brookhart, M . (2005). Reactions of Vinyl Acetate and Vinyl Trifluoroacetate with Cationic Diimine Pd(II) and Ni(II) Alkyl Complexes: Identification of Problems Connected with Copolymerizations of These Monomers with Ethylene. J. Am. Chem. Soc.   127: 5132-5146. Abstract Article
13.   Farrington, E. J.; Martinez V. E.; Williams, B. S.; van Koten, G.; Brown, J. M . (2002). Synthesis and reactivity of a ferrocene-derived PCP-pincer ligand. Chem. Commun.   : 308-309. Abstract Article
14.   Meijer, M. D.; Kleij, A. W.; Williams, B. S.; Ellis, D.; Lutz, M.; Spek, A. L.; van Klink, G. P. M.; van Koten, G . (2002). Construction of Supported Organometallics Using Cycloplatinated Arylamine Ligands. Organometallics   21: 264-271. Abstract Article
15.   Williams, B. S.; Dani, P.; Lutz, M.; Spek, A. L.; Van Koten, G . (2001). Development of the first P-stereogenic PCP pincer ligands, their metallation by palladium and platinum, and preliminary catalysis. Helv. Chim. Acta   84: 3519-3530. Abstract Article
16.   Williams, B. S.; Goldberg, K. I . (2001). Studies of Reductive Elimination Reactions To Form Carbon-Oxygen Bonds from Pt(IV) Complexes. J. Am. Chem. Soc.   123: 2576-2587. Abstract Article
17.   Williams, B. S.; Holland, A. W; Goldberg, K. I . (1999). Direct Observation of C-O Reductive Elimination from Pt(IV). J. Am. Chem. Soc.   121: 252-253. Article