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Jeff Butikofer 

Jeff Butikofer Professor of Chemistry
Office: Baker-Hebron 102
Phone: 563-425-5265
Email: butikoferj@uiu.edu

If you're reading this, I would think there is better than fair chance you're interested in the sciences and Upper Iowa University. You're in the right spot because that's where my interests lie as well. My faculty position at Upper Iowa allows me to share my passion for learning about the universe with students on a daily basis. Keep exploring - you'll learn a little more about my interests below and the interests of other faculty members on their pages. Be sure and come for a visit if you haven't done so or are not here already to get to know us a little better. 

Education

B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics: Upper Iowa University
Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry: University of Wyoming

Courses in which I hope to see you

  • PHY 109 Introduction to Astronomy Laboratory
  • PHY 110 Introduction to Astronomy
  • CHEM 102 Introduction to Forensic Science
  • CHEM 103 Introduction to Forensic Science Laboratory
  • CHEM 151 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 152 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 330 Biochemistry I
  • CHEM 331 Biochemistry II
  • CHEM 361 Inorganic Chemistry

General interests

  • Night-sky observation and astrophotography
  • Fishing the waters of northeast Iowa and beyond in every season
  • Playing trumpet

Research interests

I enjoy helping students engage in the scientific process and, as such, have worked with students on a broad array of topics. In graduate school my research focused on synthetic organometallic chemistry. I'm currently very interested in using science education at the university level and through public outreach as a vehicle for research.

Recent student research projects

  • Jessica Baker, “Investigation of Cotton Fibers by Infrared Spectroscopy,” BIO 498, Fall 2017.
  • Layton Garringer, “Yellow Bass Otolith Research,” BIO 496, Spring 2017.
  • Brenner Gibson, “What the Weight of Otoliths in Yellow Bass Can Tell Us,” BIO 496, Spring 2017.
  • Nick Lucas, “Age Distribution of Yellow Bass at Three Mile Lake,” BIO 496, Spring 2017.
  • Casey Christen, “Forensic Serology:  Blood Analysis,” BIO 498, Spring 2017.
  • Nick Haight, “Lethality of Nitrites on Fathead Minnows (Pimephales promelas),” BIO 496, Fall 2016.
  • Matthew Meulemans, “Micropterus dolomieu Health in the Presence of Orconectes rusticus in Northern Wisconsin Lakes,” BIO 498, Fall 2016.
  • Cody Booker, “Cosmic Ray Survey,” BIO 498, Spring 2016.
  • Sydney Cyzon, “Protein Purification Method of Lactate Dehydrogenase from Streptococcus mutans,” BIO 498, Spring 2016.
  • Dustin Bulten, “Visualizing Annual Age Rings in Otoliths,” BIO 496, Fall 2015.

Recent presentations

  • M. Meulemans (presenter) and J. L. Butikofer, R.J. McElroy Student/Faculty Research Symposium, “Micropterus dolomieu Health in the Presence of Orconectes rusticus in Northern Wisconsin Lakes,” (poster), Waverly, IA, April 2017.
  • M. Meulemans (presenter) and J. L. Butikofer, 129th Annual Meeting of the Iowa Academy of Science, “Micropterus dolomieu Health in the Presence of Orconectes rusticus in Northern Wisconsin Lakes,” (poster), Cedar Falls, IA, April 2017.
  • D. Bulten (presenter) and J. L. Butikofer, 128th Annual Meeting of the Iowa Academy of Science, “Age vs. Length: A Comparison of Native and Introduced Yellow Bass Populations,” (poster), Des Moines, IA, April 2016.
  • S. Cyzon (presenter), R. Schmidt, and J. L. Butikofer, 128th Annual Meeting of the Iowa Academy of Science, “Protein Purification Method of Lactate Dehydrogenase from Streptococcus mutans,” (poster), Des Moines, IA, April 2016.
  • J. L. Butikofer (presenter), STEM Teacher Educators’ Conference:  Innovations in Preparing Teachers in STEM, “Inspiring Future STEM Educators through Telescopes and Astrophotography,” (poster), Des Moines, IA, September 2013.

Grants received

  • J. L. Butikofer (PI), “Using a PMI Evidence Tracker System to Implement an Introductory Forensic Science Laboratory,” cCWCS (Chemistry Collaborations, Workshops, and Communities of Scholars) Small Grants Program – Implementation Grant, 2016.
  • M. Meulemans (PI) and J. L. Butikofer (Faculty Sponsor), “Micropterus dolomieu Healthin the Presence of Orconectes rusticus in Northern Wisconsin Lakes,” R.J. McElroy Student/Faculty Research Fund, 2016.
  • J. L. Butikofer (PI), “Enhancing Student Learning in Astronomy at UIU with Hands-on Application of Telescope Accessory Technology,” Upper Iowa University President’s Teaching with Technology Grant Program, 2013.

Recent publications

  • T. Parson, J. L. Butikofer, J. Houlis and D. M. Roddick, “Organometallics in Superacidic Media: Characterization of Remarkably Stable Platinum-Methyl Bonds in HF/SbF5 Solution,” Organometallics,2017, 36, 136-141.
  • J. Phelps, J. L. Butikofer, B. Thapaliya, E. Gale, C. L. Vowell, S. Debnath, N. Arulsamy, and D. M. Roddick, “Structural and Reactivity Properties of Perfluoroalkylphosphine Complexes of Platinum(0),” Polyhedron, 2016, 116, 197-203.

Invited workshops

  • Chemistry Collaborations, Workshops, and Communities of Scholars (cCWCS) Workshop on Distance Learning and Hybrid Teaching, Denver, CO, May 4-7, 2017.
  • Chemistry Collaborations, Workshops, and Communities of Scholars (cCWCS) Workshop on Forensic Science, Williamstown, MA, June 19-24, 2016.

Professional affiliations

  • American Chemical Society
  • Astronomical Society of the Pacific
  • Iowa Academy of Science

 

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