Dr. John C. Van Houten
Professor of Chemistry
Saint Michael's College
Winooski Park, Colchester, VT 05439
802-654-2326 phone
802-654-2236 fax
jvanhouten@smcvt.edu

Education and Professional Experience:

B.S., Chemistry, University of Delaware;
Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara;
Postdoctoral, University of British Columbia;
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Iowa;
Visiting Associate, California Institute of Technology;
Visiting Associate, University of California, Irvine

Research Interests:

Excited state properties and processes in transition metal complexes. Photochemistry,
photophysics, luminescence, solar energy conversion, and excited-state electron transfer reactions.

Representative Publications:

J. Van Houten, "Chemical Dynamics at the Turn of the New Century: Nobel Laureates Look Back and Ahead", J. Chem. Educ., 2001, 78, 860.

J. Van Houten, "A Century of Chemical Dynamics Traced through the Nobel Prizes: 1901 -- Jacobus van't Hoff", J. Chem. Educ., 2001, 78, 1570.

J. Van Houten, "A Century of Chemical Dynamics Traced through the Nobel Prizes: 1903 -- Svante Arrhenius", J. Chem. Educ., 2002, 79, 21.

J. Van Houten, "A Century of Chemical Dynamics Traced through the Nobel Prizes: 1909 -- Wilhelm Ostwald", J. Chem. Educ., 2002, 79, 146.

J. Van Houten, "A Century of Chemical Dynamics Traced through the Nobel Prizes: 1943 -- George deHevesy", J. Chem. Educ., 2002, 79, 301.

J. Van Houten, "A Century of Chemical Dynamics Traced through the Nobel Prizes: 1956 -- Hinshelwood and Semenov", J. Chem. Educ., 2002, 79, 414.

J. Van Houten, "A Century of Chemical Dynamics Traced through the Nobel Prizes: 1967 -- Eigen, Norrish and Porter", Chemical Education, 2002, 79, 548.

J. Van Houten, "A Century of Chemical Dynamics Traced through the Nobel Prizes: 1981 -- Fukui and Hoffmann", J. Chem. Educ., 2002, 79, 667.

J. Van Houten, "A Century of Chemical Dynamics Traced through the Nobel Prizes: 1983 -- Henry Taube", Chemical Education, 2002, 79, 788.

J. Van Houten, "A Century of Chemical Dynamics Traced through the Nobel Prizes: 1986 -- Herschbach, Lee, Polanyi", J. Chem. Educ., 2002, 79, 926.

J. Van Houten, "A Century of Chemical Dynamics Traced through the Nobel Prizes: 1992 -- Rudolph A, Marcus", J. Chem. Educ., 2002, 79, 1055.

J. Van Houten, "A Century of Chemical Dynamics Traced through the Nobel Prizes: 1995 -- Crutzen, Rowland, Molina", J. Chem. Educ., 2002, 79, 1182.

J. Van Houten, "A Century of Chemical Dynamics Traced through the Nobel Prizes: 1998 -- Kohn and Pople", J. Chem. Educ., 2002, 79, 1297.

J. Van Houten, "A Century of Chemical Dynamics Traced through the Nobel Prizes: 1999 -- Zewail", J. Chem. Educ., 2002, 79, 1396.

C. V. Kumar, J. K. Barton, I. R. Gould, N. J. Turro, and J. Van Houten, "Energy Redistribution and Localization in the Excited States of Ruthenium(II) Polypyridyl Complexes", Inorg. Chem., 1988, 27, 648.

J. VanHouten, "Chemistry on a Spreadsheet", J. Chem. Educ., 1988, 65, A314.

J. VanHouten, "Molecular Orbitals on a Spreadsheet", J. Chem. Educ., 1988, 65, A315.

H. H.Thorp, J. Van Houten, and H. B. Gray, "Excited State Properties Dioxorhenium(V). Generation and Reactivity of Dioxorhenium(IV)", Inorg. Chem., 1989, 28, 889.

W. R.Jones, R. Smith, M. Abramo, M. Williams, and J. Van Houten, "Photochemistry of Hetero-Tris-Chelated Ruthenium(II) Polypyridine Complexes in Dichloromethane", Inorg. Chem., 1989, 28, 2281.

D. Qian, Z. Chen, S. Zhang, and J. Van Houten, "Synthesis and Luminescence Study of Europium Complexes with 5,5-Dimethyl-2,4-hexanedione and Various Organic Bases", Polyhedron, 1993, 12, 2763.

J. Van Houten, editor, Proceedings of Twelfth International Symposium on Photochemistry and Photophysics of Coordination Compounds, Coord. Chem. Revs.,1998, 171, 492 pp. 

G. Yang, W. Leng, Y. Zhang, Z. Chen, and J. Van Houten, “Synthesis, Characterization, and Photochemistry of the Supramolecules Formed from Chromium(III)thiocyanato Anion Associated with Crown Ethers”, Polyhedron, 1999, 18, 1273.

D-J. Qian, W.-N. Leng, Y. Zhang, Z. Chen, and J. Van Houten, “A Study of the Fluorescence of Some Newly Synthesized Europium Complexes with Pyrazolone Derivatives”, Spectrochimica Acta, A, 2000, 56, 2645.