(1979) B.S., Emory University; Ph.D., University of Georgia; Postdoctoral, University of Pittsburgh. Organic Chemistry. My research objectives allow individualized studies to be extracted that match the interests and schedules of both graduate and undergraduate students. Synthetic strategies employ modern chemical reactions such as O-alkylation of sterically hindered phenols using phase-transfer catalysis, hydroquinone oxidation by solid-supported reagents, Friedel-Crafts alkylation and aldol condensation through heterogeneous catalysis, and olefin oxidation employing crown ethers. Student research projects may incorporate these chemical reactions into synthetic schemes or whole studies can be centered on understanding the mechanism of any one of them. Other related projects are based on the spectroscopic properties (especially NMR and GC-MS) of these products and/or reaction systems or on the analytical chemistry of the reagents involved. In all of this work, the education and career goals of the student come first and largely determine the particular research project that is recommended.
Dr. Stewart was the 2001 president of the Tennessee Academy of Science and continues as chemistry editor of the J. Tenn. Acad. Sci. He also serves as Treasurer for the Nashville Section of the ACS peer reviewer for the J. Chem. Educ., and directs the weekly seminar series of the Department of Chemistry.
RECENT PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS:
Phelps, A. J.; Stewart, M. V. "Doctor of Arts in Chemistry at Middle Tennessee State University: A Terminal Degree for College Teachers"; 225th National ACS Meeting, Division of Chemical Education, New Orleans, LA, March 2003.
Stewart, M. V.; Figueredo, D. G. "A Portable Demonstration of Vat Dyeing Simulated with Indigo Carmine for National Chemistry Week"; 54th Southeast Regional ACS Meeting, Charleston, SC, November 2002.
Stewart, M. V.; Tate, A. E. "Can Smoothing Correct a Poor Chromatographic Method?"; 110th Annual Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science, Belmont University, Nashville, TN, November 2000.
Stewart, M. V.; Kline, P. C. "Chemistry Doctor of Arts Program at Middle Tennessee State University"; 220th National ACS Meeting, Chemical Education Division, Washington, DC, August 2000.
Stewart, M. V.; Lee, T. A.; Wang, X. "Synthesis and Accurate Chromatographic Analysis of Trimers from the Aldol Condensation of Acetone"; 51st Southeast Regional ACS Meeting, Knoxville, TN, October 1999.
Lee, T. A.; Stewart, M. V.; Wang, X. "Analysis of Aldol Condensation Products Resulting from the Static Drying of Acetone with 4A Molecular Sieve"; 217th National Meeting, Division of Analytical Chemistry, Anaheim, CA, March 1999.
Stewart, M. V.; Lancaster, D. G. "Is the Oxidizing Agent Ce(IV)/SiO2 a Genuine Example of a Solid-Supported-Reagent System?"; 108th Annual Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN, November 1998.
Stewart, M. V.; Wang, X.; Lee, T. A. "Aldol Condensation of Acetone with 4A Molecular Sieve"; 50th Southeast Regional ACS Meeting, Research Triangle Park, NC, November 1998.
Stewart, M. V. "Katherine Burr Blodgett", "Irving Langmuir", "George A. Olah", and "Sir Robert Robinson"; Biographical Encyclopedia of Scientists; Marshall Cavendish; New York, 1998; pp 173-175, 786-788, 992-994, and 1098-1100, respectively.
RECENT STUDENT PUBLICATIONS, PRESENTATIONS, GRANTS AND THESES:
Figueredo, D. G. "A Portable Demonstration of Vat Dyeing Simulated with Indigo Carmine"; poster presentation at the 111th Annual Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, November 2001 (awarded first place) and oral presentation at the 25th Annual SAACS Area Collegiate Chemistry Meeting, University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, TN, April 2002.
Patel, H. R. "Triacetone Alcohol from Phorone Hydrolysis"; poster presentation at the 110th Annual Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science, Belmont University, Nashville, TN, November 2000; research grant from the Undergraduate Research Council of the MTSU College of Basic and Applied Sciences, spring 2000.
Martin-Tarpley, J. G. "Confirmation that Ce(IV)/SiO2 Functions as a Solid-Supported Reagent during Hydroquinone Oxidation"; poster presentation at the 109th Annual Meeting of Tennessee Academy of Science, University of Tennessee at Memphis, Memphis, TN, November 1999 (awarded second place).
Wang, X. "Aldol Condensation Products Produced during the Static Drying of Acetone over 4A Molecular Sieve;" M.S. Thesis, Middle Tennessee State University, August 1999; oral presentations at the 108th Annual Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN, November 1998 (awarded first place) and at MTSU for the Graduate Research Symposium, April 1998 (Sigma Xi award for best chemistry presentation).
Tate, N. A. "Hazard Assessment for the Rotary Evaporation of Toxic Solvents"; oral presentation at the 12th National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Salisbury State University, Salisbury, MD, April 1998. Paper published in Scientia 1997,1(2).