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Dr. Jonathan P Blitz

Dr. Jonathan P Blitz

Professor-Analytical Chemistry

Office: 3450 - Physical Science
Phone: 217-581-6369
Email: jpblitz@eiu.edu
Website: http://www.ux1.eiu.edu/~cfjpb/

Frequently Taught Courses

CHM 1310, 1410, 1510 - General Chemistry I, II
CHM 1315, 1415, 1515 - General Chemistry Laboratory I, II
CHM 2730 - Quantitative Analysis
CHM 3780 - Instrumental Analysis
CHM 5100 - Graduate Analytical Chemistry


B.S., University of Puget Sound, 1982
Ph.D., Colorado State University, 1987
EIU, 1994


Most of my current research involves fundamental and applied aspects of chemically modified silica surfaces. On the fundamental side we study the kinetics and mechanism of organosilane reactions with model compounds and silica surfaces. Our current applied work is concerned with ion exchanging iron onto silica to make catalysts for environmental remediation of organochlorine compounds. With the help of collaborations we combine experimental and theoretical/computational chemistry to understand chemical reactions at surfaces. We are also involved in various other projects, usually shorter term.

Selected Publications

  • M.S. Vedamuthu, S. Painter, J. Ancheta, J.P. Blitz; "Relative Reaction Rates of Silazanes and an Aminofunctional Silane with Fumed Silica", J. Undergrad. Chem. Res. 2002, 1, 5-9.
  • V.M. Gun'ko, M.S. Vedamuthu, G.L. Henderson, J.P.Blitz; "Mechanism and Kinetics of Hexamethyldisilazane Reaction with a Fumed Silica Surface", J. Coll. Interface Sci. 2000, 228, 157-170.
  • R. Jones, M. Vedamuthu, J.P. Blitz; "Maximizing the Extent of Hexamethyldisilazane Reaction with Silica: An Experimental Design Study" in Fundamental and Applied Aspects of Chemically Modified Surfaces; J.P. Blitz and C.B.Little, Eds.; The Royal Society of Chemistry, pp. 173-183, 1999.
  • J.P. Blitz, C.C. Meverden, R.K. Diebel; "Reactions of Dibutylmagnesium with Modified Silica Gel Surfaces", Langmuir 1998, 14(5), 1122-1129.

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