• Scott Van Arman
Associate Professor of Chemistry



Office: HAC407

Office: HAC 407
Lab: HAC 409

Spring 2017 Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:30 - 3:30 PM, Thursdays 9 - 11 AM, or by appointment and drop-ins - always welcome!



B.S. Michigan State University, 1985
Ph.D. Ohio State University, 1990



We are interested in the design, synthesis, and study of molecular devices that incorporate the elements of molecular recognition and host/guest chemistry.  One category of such devices that we have focused on for the past few years is conformationally flexible host molecules that can be organized by an analyte to subsequently bind solvatochromic fluorescent indicators.  

This cooperative association can be used to signal the analyte binding event.  Our novel design for fluorescent chemosensing may be applicable to the detection of low concentrations of so-called quenching heavy metal or transition metal ions in aqueous solution.



1996 - Present
(Undergraduate student coauthor are in bold.)

Van Arman, S. A.; Zimmet, A. J.; Murray, I. E. A Hantzsch Amido Dihydropyridine as a Transfer Hydrogenation Reagent for α,β-Unsaturated Ketones.  The Journal of Organic Chemistry 201681, 3528.

Van Arman, S. A. 2-Methyl-2-propanol as Solvent for o-Iodoxybenzoic Acid (IBX) Oxidation of 1° Alcohols to Aldehydes. Tetrahedron Letters 2009, 50, 4693-4595.

Van Arman, S. A.; Sisk, T. M. Zawrotny, D. M. A Novel Mechanism of Specificity of Response in Ratiometric Fluorescence Sensing of d10 Metal Ions. Letters in Organic Chemistry 2005, 90, 488-496.

Van Arman, S. A.; Alfare, K.;  Lee, D.;  Scharrer, E. Preparation of Azo Dyes from Sulfanilamide. The Chemical Educator 2004, 9, 1-2.

Zawrotny, D. M.;  Carlson, E. M.; Sisk, T. M.; Van Arman, S. A. Conformationally Mobile Structures as Fluorescent Chemosensors for Metal Ions in Aqueous Solution. Proceedings of SPIE 1999.

Fluck, R. A.; Leber, P. A.; Lieser, J. D.; Neary, D. A.; Pike, C. S.; Singhal, R.;  Van Arman, S. A. Auxin-choline Conjugates and Cholinesterase in Pisum sativum, J. Plant Physiology (Suppl.) 1998, 129.

Arnold, G.;  Van Arman, S. A. A New Heterotopic Allostere With Low Preorganization. Tetrahedron Letters 1997, 38, 4745-8.

Pfennig, B.W.; Newirth, T.L.; Van Arman, S. A. Synthesis, Characterization, and Luminescence Properties of Anthrylpolyamines. The Chemical Educator 1997, 2(4), 1-18.

Van Arman, S. A.; Thomsen, M. W. HPLC for Undergraduate Introductory Laboratories. J. Chem. Educ. 1997, 74, 49-50.

SclafaniJ. A.; Maranto, M. T.; Sisk, T. M.; Van Arman, S. A. Terminal Alkylation of Linear Polyamines. J. Org. Chem. 1996, 61, 3221-2.

SclafaniJ. A.; Maranto, M. T.; Sisk, T. M.; Van Arman, S. A. An Aqueous Ratiometric Fluorescence Probe for Zn(II). Tetrahedron Letters 1996, 37, 2193-6.

Course Information

Dr. Van Arman teaches the following courses:

CHM 111/112 - General Chemistry I and II
CHM 211/212 - Organic Chemistry I and II