Chemistry Department

Dr. Andrienne C. Friedli

Dr. Andrienne C. Friedli CONTACT INFO:


Phone: (615)
Office: New Science Bldg. (SCI), Room 3016 
P.O. Box : X076


(1993) B.A., Rice University; M. S. Yale University; Ph. D., University of Texas, Austin; Postdoctoral, California Institute of Technology: Organic and Polymer Chemistry: synthesis and characterization of polymer, surface-active, and electro-optic materials; polymer and materials education. She enjoys working with undergraduate and graduate students on research projects in the above areas. Dr. Friedli teaches general, organic, and polymer chemistry and co-advises the MTSU Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society.

The research group works in two major areas. One involves the synthesis of simple organosilane compounds and formation of self-assembled films from them on silica and silicon substrates. These can be applied in photolithography (to make computer chips), as chromatography substrates (to perform separations of organic compounds), or in environmental uses such as waste water cleanup (to separate and recover either organic wastes, or molecules of a selected shape). Some of these projects are pursued in collaboration with groups at Naval Research Labs in Washington, D.C. and have been supported by Research Corporation (1996-1998), Department of the Navy (1995 and 1999), and MTSU Faculty Research Grants (Summer 1996).

Our organic polyelectrolytes (polymers carrying negatively charged groups) are designed to be suitable for solid state battery materials that could be applied in communications devices. These specialty polymers, when complexed with polyelectrolytes of the opposite charge, could also find use in encapsulation of live cells for surgical transplantation. The latter application was collaborative and supported by Vanderbilt University. The battery project is supported by NASA (1998-2002) and initial work was supported by the ACS Petroleum Research Fund (1995-1997).

Another project involves potentially liquid crystalline organic dye materials. These are likely to have a nonlinear interactions with light, doubling the frequency of incoming photons. An application of such materials is in information storage devices or switches.

Other interests include my "boys"; Piotr and Alexander, art, travel, and gardening.


Jason T. Manka, Andrew G. Douglass, Piotr Kaszynski, and Andrienne C. Friedli, Retro Diels-Alder Reactions of 5,6-Disubstituted-7-Oxabicyclo[2.2.1]hept-2-enes: Experimental and Density Functional Theory Studies, accepted with revisions, J. Org. Chem., accepted.

Andrienne C. Friedli, Edward Yang, and Seth R. Marder, "A Convenient Synthetic Entry into Aldehydes with Extended Conjugation,"; Tetrahedron, 1997, 53, 2717-2730.

Andrew G. Douglass, Mu Zheng, Andrienne C. Friedli, and Piotr Kaszynski, "Toward Bicyclo[2.2.2]Heptene Polyelectrolytes,"; Polymer Preprints, 1996, 643.