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Chemistry Faculty — Dr. Dexter Criss

Assistant Professor
Organic Chemistry

I place an emphasis on encouraging students to take part in research projects as a part of their undergraduate career, and as a result have averaged roughly three undergraduate research advises per semester over the past five years. In recognition of my efforts, I have recently been awarded the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

While not directly related to Chemistry, I also act as the Music Director for the SUNY Plattsburgh College Gospel Choir, a diverse group of students and faculty involved in the presentation of the American experience through the performance of its musical heritage to both campus and regional community groups. My involvement with the Gospel Choir has helped us, in the Chemistry Program, to present a welcoming and inclusive image which has attracted a number of students to Chemistry.

 

Got a question for Dexter?

Contact him at: Dexter.Criss@Plattsburgh.edu

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Photo of SUNY Plattsburgh College Gospel Choir practiceEducation

  • Ph.D. in Wood/Organic Chemistry, Mississippi State University, May 1999
  • M.S. in Organic Chemistry, Mississippi State University, August 1994
  • B.S. in Chemistry ACS I (Minor Mathematics), Delta State University, May 1988

Teaching Area

  • Organic Chemistry

Appointments

  • Associate Professor (Chemistry) SUNY at Plattsburgh (2005)
  • Assistant Professor (Chemistry) SUNY at Plattsburgh (1999-2005)

Recent Publications

  • "A Room-Temperature â-O-4 to á-O-4 Rearrangement," Criss, D.L., Schultz, T.P., Fisher, T.H., Ingram, Jr. L.L., and Beard, D.J. In ACS Symposia Series 742, Lignin: Historical, Biological, and Material Perspectives, Glasser, Northey, Schultz, Ed(s).; American Chemical Society, Washington, DC 2000; ch 23, p 465.
  • "Alkaline Hydrolysis of Nonphenolic á-Carbonyl â-O-4 Lignin Dimers Substituted on the Leaving Phenoxide Ring: Comparison with Benzylic Hydroxyl Analogues," Criss, D.L., Fisher, T.H., and Schultz, T.P. Holzforschung, 1998, 52, 75.
  • "Alkaline Hydrolysis of Nonphenolic â-O-4 Model Diastereomers: Substituent Effect on the Leaving Phenoxide," Criss, D.L., Collier, W.E., Fisher, T.H., and Schultz, T.P., Holzforschung, 1998, 52, 171.
  • "A Low-Temperature Internal Nucleophilic Aromatic Substitution Reaction on a â-O-4 Lignin Model Dimer," Criss, D.L., Schultz, T.P., Fisher, T.H., Ingram, Jr. L.L., and Saebo, D.B., J. Organic Chemistry 1997, 62, 7885.
  • "Investigation of an Internal SNAr Reaction on Nonphenolic â-O-4 Lignin Model Dimers with a 4'-CHO Group," Dexter L. Criss, Tor P. Schultz, Thomas H. Fisher, Leonard L. Ingram Jr., and Debbie B. Saebo. National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Dallas, TX, 1998.
  • "Alkaline Hydrolysis Rates of Nonphenolic â-O-4 Lignin Model Ketones," Dexter L. Criss, Thomas H. Fisher, and Tor P. Schultz. National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, New Orleans, LA, 1996.
  • "A Low Temperature Internal Nucleophilic Aromatic Substitution Reaction on an â-O-4 Lignin Model Dimer," Dexter L. Criss, Tor P. Schultz, Thomas H. Fisher, Leonard L. Ingram Jr., and Debbie B. Saebo. Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Roanoke, VA. 1997.

Off-campus Research Collaborators of Past Four Years

  • Dr. Tor Schultz, Dr. Thomas Fisher, Dr. Leonard Ingram and Dr. Debbie Beard-Sabeo Mississippi State University
  • Dr. Tom Elder, Auburn University
  • Dr. Heather M. Dann, Dr. Steven Kramer, W.H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute

Contact Dexter Criss

Office: Hawkins Hall 129
Phone: (518) 564-2700
E-mail: crissdl@plattsburgh.edu