Dawn C. Wiser

head shots of faculty and staff of Lake Forest College - September, 2010

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Chair, Department of Chemistry 

Specialization

Physical Inorganic Chemistry
Computational Chemistry
Olefin Polymerization

Interests

Baseball history
Skiing for the disabled 

Education

Postdoctoral Research Fellow. The Exxon Chemical Company, Baytown Polymers Center. 1995-1997.
PhD Colorado State University, 1995.
BS Muskingum College, 1988.

Courses Taught

Chemistry 116: General Chemistry II, lecture and lab
Chemistry 115: General Chemistry I, lecture and lab
Chemistry 320: Physical Chemistry I, lecture and lab
Chemistry 321: Physical Chemistry II, lecture and lab
Chemistry 103: Our Chemical World
Chemistry 340: Inorganic Chemistry

Articles

“APT a next generation QM-based reactive force field model.”   Rappe, A. K.; Bormann-Rochotte, L. M.; Wiser, D. C.; Hart, J. R.; Pietsch, M. A.; Casewit, C. J.; Skiff, W. M.  Molecular Physics, 2007,  105(2-3),  301.

“Computational Modeling of Ansa-Zirconocene Amide Complexes.” Dunn, Adam R.; Sweet, Lucas, E.; Wiser, Dawn C.; LoCoco, Matthew D.; Jordan, Richard, F. Organometallics, 2004, 23(24), 5671.

“An Introduction to Molecular Structure: Molecular Modeling Integrated with NMR Structural Analysis of Analgesics.” Wiser, Dawn C.; Cody, Jason A. submitted to J. Chem. Educ. August 2003.

“Laboratory Sequence in Computational Methods for Introductory Chemistry.” Cody, Jason A.; Wiser, Dawn C. J. Chem. Educ., 2003, 80(7), 793.

“Microscale Synthesis of a Diphenylisoxazoline by a 1,3-Dipolar Cycloaddition.” William B. Martin, Laura J. Kateley, Dawn C. Wiser, and Catherine A. Brummond. J. Chem. Educ., 2002, 79(2), 225.

“Kinetics of Diosmacyclobutane Exchange Reactions.” Ramage, David L.; Wiser, Dawn C.; Norton, Jack R. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1997, 119 (24), 5618.

“Evidence for a Ring-Opening Preequilibrium in the Exchange Reactions of Diosmacyclobutanes.” Bender, Bruce R.; Ramage, David L.; Norton, Jack R.; Wiser, Dawn C.; Rapp, Anthony K. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1997, 119 (24), 5628.

“RFF, Conceptual Development of a Full Periodic Table Force Field for Studying Reaction Potential Surfaces.” A. K. Rapp, M. A. Pietsch, D. C. Wiser, J. R. Hart, L. M. Bormann, and W. M. Skiff Mol. Eng. 1997, 7(3-4), 385.

“A Molecular Mechanics Study of Secondary Kinetic Isotope Effects in Model Ziegler-Natta Systems.” Wiser, Dawn C.; Rappe, Anthony K. Polym. Mater. Sci. Eng. 1996, 74, 423.

“Monolayers and Z-type Multilayers of Donor-s-Acceptor Molecules with One, Two, and Three Dodecoxy Tails.” Metzger, Robert M.; Wiser, Dawn C.; Laidlaw, Richard K.; Takassi, Mohammad A.; Mattern, Daniell L.; Panetta, Charles A. Langmuir, 1990, 6, 350.

“Molecular Modeling of Polyolefins”. D. C. Wiser. Exxon Chemical Company Proprietary Report, February 1997.

Patents

“Propylene impact copolymers.” Burkhardt, T J.; Li, R. T.; Mehta, A. K.; Stehling, U. M.; Haygood, W. T., Jr.; Rix, F. C.; Wiser, D. C. U. S. Patent 6,342,566, January 29, 2002.

“Propylene impact copolymers.” Burkhardt, T J.; Li, R. T.; Mehta, A. K.; Stehling, U. M.; Haygood, W. T., Jr.; Rix, F. C.; Wiser, D. C. U. S. Patent 6,384,142, May 7, 2002.

“Propylene impact copolymers.” Burkhardt, T J.; Li, R. T.; Mehta, A. K.; Stehling, U. M.; Haygood, W. T., Jr.; Rix, F. C.; Wiser, D. C. U. S. Patent 6,472,474, October 29, 2002.

“Propylene impact copolymers.” Burkhardt, T J.; Li, R. T.; Mehta, A. K.; Stehling, U. M.; Haygood, W. T., Jr.; Rix, F. C.; Wiser, D. C. U. S. Patent 6,492,465, December 10, 2002.

“Propylene impact copolymers.” Burkhardt, T J.; Li, R. T.; Mehta, A. K.; Stehling, U. M.; Haygood, W. T., Jr.; Rix, F. C.; Wiser, D. C. U. S. Patent Appl. 20010034411, December 25, 2001.

“Propylene impact copolymers.” Burkhardt, T J.; Li, R. T.; Mehta, A. K.; Stehling, U. M.; Haygood, W. T., Jr.; Rix, F. C.; Wiser, D. C. U. S. Patent Appl. 20020086947, July 4, 2002.

“Impact-resistant propylene copolymers.” Burkhardt, Terry J.; Wiser, Dawn C.; Li, Robert T.; Stehling, Udo M.; Haygood, William T., Jr.; Rix, Francis C.; Mehta, Aspy K. (Exxonmobil Chemical Patents Inc., USA). WO 0158970 PCT Int. Appl. (2001).

Invited Talks

“Modeling stereocontrol in the chelate-controlled synthesis of ansa-zirconocene complexes.” Dawn C. Wiser. Chevron-Phillips Chemical Company, Kingwood, TX. March 2010.

“Understanding factors necessary for isomeric selectivity in the chelate-controlled synthesis of rac-ansa-zirconocene complexes.” Dawn C. Wiser, Rachel C. Alter, Lucas E. Sweet, Adam R. Dunn, Thomas Z. Gunter, Matthew D. LoCoco and Richard F. Jordan. Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, Theory Group Seminar. Evanston, IL. October 23, 2006.

“Modeling stereocontrol in the chelate-controlled synthesis of ansa-metallocenes.” Dawn C. Wiser. Eastern Illinois University, September 26, 2005.

“An introduction to molecular structure: molecular modeling integrated with NMR spectral analysis of common painkillers.” Dawn C. Wiser, Jason A. Cody. American Chemical Society 225th National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, March 23-27, 2003.

“Understanding factors necessary for isomeric selectivity in the chelate-controlled synthesis of rac-ansa-zirconocene complexes: A Computational Exploration.” Dawn C. Wiser, Lucas E. Sweet, Adam R. Dunn, Thomas Z. Gunter, Matthew D. LoCoco and Richard F. Jordan . American Chemical Society 225th National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, March 23-27, 2003.

“Stereocontrol in the chelate-controlled synthesis of rac-ansa-zirconocene complexes.” Dawn C. Wiser, Lucas E. Sweet, Adam R. Dunn, Thomas Z. Gunter, Matthew D. LoCoco and Richard F. Jordan. Muskingum College Chemistry Department, Departmental Seminar Series, New Concord, OH. April 5, 2003.

“Stereocontrol in the chelate-controlled synthesis of rac-ansa-zirconocene complexes.” Dawn C. Wiser, Lucas E. Sweet, Adam R. Dunn, Thomas Z. Gunter, Matthew D. LoCoco and Richard F. Jordan . John Carroll University Chemistry Department, Departmental Seminar Series, Cleveland Heights, OH. April 7, 2003.

“Understanding Factors Necessary for Isomeric Selectivity in the Synthesis of Chiral Metallocenes: A Computational Exploration.” Wiser, Dawn C.; Jordan, Richard F.;LoCoco, Matt; Sweet, Lucas E.; Dunn, Adam; Gunter, Zack. Luther College Chemistry Department, Departmental Seminar Series. Decorah, IA. Sept. 9, 2002.

“Laboratory sequence in computational methods for introductory chemistry.” Cody, Jason A.; Wiser, Dawn C. American Chemical Society 221st National ACS Conference, San Diego, CA. April 2001.

“A Molecular Mechanics Investigation of Secondary Kinetic Isotope Effects in Model Ziegler-Natta Reactions.” Wiser, Dawn C.; Rappe, Anthony K. American Chemical Society 211th National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, March 1996.

“How to Design a Molecular Mechanics Force Field for Inorganic Reactions.” Truman State University Chemistry Department. Departmental Seminar Series, Kirksville, MO. March, 1997.

“How to Design a Molecular Mechanics Force Field for Inorganic Reactions.”  Nebraska Wesleyan College. Departmental Seminar Series, Lincoln, NE. March, 1997.

Other Talks

“Characterization of NAD in the active site of yADH: An Undergraduate NMR project.” Amy Abe, Dawn C. Wiser. American Chemical Society 230th National Meeting, Washington, DC, August 28-Sept 1, 2005. CHED-006.

“Comparison of modeling methods for organometallic polymerization catalysts.” Squire, Kevin R.; Wiser, Dawn C. American Chemical Society 211th National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, March 1996.

“UFF2 a force field for reactivity studies throughout the periodic table, including dissociative functional forms and 1-1, 1-2, and 1-3 electrostatic interactions.” Rappe, A. K.; Wiser, D. C.; Hart, J. R. American Chemical Society 210th National Meeting, Chicago, IL, August 1995.

Posters

“Computational screening of stereocontrol in the synthesis of ansa-metallocenes.” Dawn C. Wiser, Ali J. Vetter. Gordon Research Conference on Organometallic Chemistry, Salve Ragina University, July 11-16, 2010.

“Computational screening of stereocontrol in the synthesis of ansa-metallocenes: building a library for the chelate-controlled synthesis.” Ali J. Vetter, Dawn C. Wiser.  American Chemical Society 239th National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, United States, March 21-25, 2010.  CHED-1250. 

“Modeling stereochemistry in ansa-metallocenes: Predicting stereochemistry in the chelated-controlled synthesis.” Dawn C. Wiser, Ali J. Vetter. Gordon Research Conference on Organometallic Chemistry, Salve Ragina University, July 12-17, 2009.

“Modeling enantioselectivity in the chelate-controlled synthesis of ansa-zirconocenes: How accurate are UFF and DFT methods?”    Rachel C. Alter, Dawn C. Wiser.  American Chemical Society 233rd National Meeting, Chicago, IL, United States, March 25-29, 2008.  CHED-1219. 

“Computational modeling of enantioselectivity in the chlate-controlled synthesis of ansa-zirconocenes.” Adam R. Dunn and Dawn C. Wiser. American Chemical Society 229th National Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 13-17, 2005. CHED-1019.

“Lake Forest College SA-ACS CISA and IAG grant activities: snoozeum and a measure of our success.” Mary J. Fisher, Rob J. Bahde, Anna W. Sienkiewicz, Chris Regens, Dawn C. Wiser, Elizabeth W. Fischer. American Chemical Society 225th National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, March 23-27, 2003.

“Toward a Molecular Mechanics Force Field for the Calculation of Transition States.” Wiser, Dawn C.; Rapp, A. K. Poster presentation, Gordon Conference on Computational Chemistry, New Hampton, N.H. July 3-8, 1994.