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Harry Gibson

Professor Emeritus
Harry Gibson
2105 Hahn Hall South

Research Interests

  • Mechanically linked molecules (pseudorotaxanes, rotaxanes, catenanes), synthesis and properties
  1. Wessels, H. R.; Slebodnick, C.; Gibson, H. W. Viologen-Based Rotaxanes from Dibenzo-30-crown-10, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 7358-7370.
  2. Price, T. L., Jr.; Gibson, H. W. Supramolecular Pseudorotaxane Polymers from Biscryptands & Bisparaquats, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 4455-4465.
  3. Jones, J. W.; Price, Jr., T. L.; Huang, F.; Zakharov, L.; Rheingold, A. L.; Slebodnick, C.; Gibson, H. W. New Pseudocryptand Hosts for Paraquats & Diquats, J. Org. Chem. 2018, 83, 823-834.
  4. Pederson, A. M.-P.; Price, T. L., Jr.; Slebodnick, C,; Schoonover, D. V.; Gibson, H. W. The Long and the Short of It: Regiospecific Syntheses of Isomers of Dicarbomethoxydibenzo-27-Crown-9 and Binding Abilities of Their Pyridyl Cryptands, J. Org. Chem. 2017, 82, 8489-8496.
  5. Price, T. L., Jr.; Wessels, H. R.; Slebodnick, C.; Gibson, H. W. Rapid, High Yielding Syntheses of Crown Ether-Based Pyridyl Cryptands, J. Org. Chem. 2017, 82, 8117-8122.
  6. Zhang, M.; Yan, X.; Huang, F.; Niu, Z.; Gibson, H. W. Stimuli-Responsive Host-Guest Systems Based On The Recognition of Cryptands By Organic Guests. Acc. Chem. Res. 201447, 1995-2005. 
  • Cook Faculty Research Award, Department of Chemistry, 2002
  • Alumni Award for Research Excellence, Virginia Tech, 2004
  • Oustanding Dissertation Advisor in Science & Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2006
  • B.S. Clarkson University, 1962
  • Ph.D. Clarkson University, 1966
  • Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. E. L. Eliel, University of Notre Dame, 1965–66
  • Research Chemist, Union Carbide Corporation, 1966–69
  • Scientist, Xerox Corporation, 1969–1974
  • Senior Scientist, Xerox Corporation, 1974–1982
  • Senior Member of the Research Staff, Xerox Corporation, 1982–1984
  • Senior Research Scientist, Allied-Signal, 1984–1986
  • Associate Director of Materials Research, Allied-Signal, 1986
  • Professor of Chemistry, Virginia Tech, 1986–present