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Larry Kolopajlo, Ph.D.

Dr. Larry Kolopajlo 501T Mark Jefferson Science Complex




B.S.     Mathematics and Chemistry, Muskingum College
M.S.    Physical Chemistry, Penn State University
Ph.D.   Physical-Inorganic Chemistry, Western Michigan University
Teaching Certificate with Endorsements in Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics

Interests and Expertise

Chemical Education:
(1)  Elementary and Secondary Education
My teaching and research interests revolve around the primary and secondary curricula. Research currently includes developing methods to train pre-service teachers in Modeling Pedagogy as developed at Arizona State University, and as supported by recent grants. What’s more, I am interested in developing new chemistry NGSS activities. 

(2)  College Level Chemistry Education
Recent work centers on: a) Flash ActionScript to develop animations, and b) Visual Basic to perform simulations and solving problems involving numerical analysis in Microsoft Excel.  App to teach chemistry. 

(3)  Other Interests
Demos, videos, teaching technology, developing new lab experiments, cosmetic chemistry, and the History of Chemistry.  In outreach, I am actively involved in Chemistry Olympiad, Science Fairs, Science Olympiad, and crime scene investigation workshops.

Inorganic Chemistry:  My research explores the kinetics and mechanisms of solution reactions involving these fields of coordination chemistry: (1) ligand exchange (2) metal exchange and (3) complex formation.


Kolopajlo, Larry. Illuminating Conductivity.  Michigan Science Teachers Association Journal.  Spring 2017. Volume 62.1, pages 25 – 43.

Kolopajlo, Larry.  Green Chemistry Pedagogy, in Green Chemical Processing, Volume 1Sustainable Green Chemistry; Benvenuto, Ed.; De Gruyter; Berlin, 2017; pp 67-93.

Kolopajlo, Larry. Green chemistry education in the Middle East. Physical Sciences Review.  June 2017. Volume 43, issue 6.

Kolopajlo, Larry.  “Chemical Applications of Microsoft Excel, a Text.”, 2014, Xanadu Publishing, Ann Arbor, MI.

Kolopajlo, Larry. “What You Need for the First Job, Besides the Ph.D. in Chemistry”; Benvenuto, M. (Editor); ACS   Symposium Series; American Chemical Society:  Washington, DC, 2014.

Kolopajlo, Larry, Hollis, Nekuma, Pendelton, Ian, “Kinetics of the Reaction between N(tetren)2+ and Bipyridine, Journal of Student Research, 2012, 2, 39-45.

Kolopajlo, Larry and Boston, Jason, “ A Thermostatted Holder for a Long-Path Cylindrical UV/Vis  Sample Cell, Chem. Educator 12 (2007) 4, 253-254.

Kolopajlo, Larry,  “Chapter 1:  Guided Inquiry Animations in General  Chemistry,”   In “Toward  Transformations, EMU  Faculty Journal into the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning,” Editor, Jeffrey Bernstein, Development Center, August, 2007.

Kolopajlo, Larry, “Cosmetic Chemistry Experiments for High School,”  Michigan Science Teachers Association Journal, Fall 2006, Volume 51.

Phillips, Donald and Kolopajlo, Larry, “Chemistry Lab Manual for Elementary Teachers”, Hayden McNeil Publishers, 2006.

Kolopajlo, Larry, “The Metal Exchange Reaction between NiMIDA and Copper(II), Journal of Coordination Chemistry, Vol. 59, No. 8, 20 May 2006, 891-899.

Kolopajlo, Larry, “The Crystal Growth of Gypsum: An Automated Laboratory Experiment for Integrated Science Classes; Michigan Science Teachers Association Journal, Spring 2005, Volume 50, Number 1, pages 8 – 11.

Brewer, Timothy, Kolopajlo, Lawrence and Matteson. Mace, “Kinetics of the Ligand Exchange of Bipyridine in Tetradentate Nickel Complexes”, Journal of Coordination Chemistry, July, 2003.

W. C. Chen, L.H. Kolopajlo, M. H. Salimi, G. H. Nancollas. Journal of Dental Research, 1984, 63:202, 1 suppl: 162-345 and 346-362.

R. K. Steinhaus and L. Kolopajlo, Ternary complex formation kinetics. 3. Reaction of (ethylenediamine-N,N'-diacetato)nickel(II) with ethylenediamine, bipyridine, 1,10-phenanthroline, glycine and sarcosine”, Inorg. Chem. 1985, 24, 1845-1852.

R. K. Steinhaus and L. Kolopajlo, “Ternary complex formation kinetics. 2. Reaction of (triethylenetetramine)nickel(II) with ethylenediamine, bipyridine and sarcosine” Inorg. Chem. 1985, 24, 1839-1844.

I.C. Hisatsune, L. Kolopajlo and J. Heicklen,   “Low-temperature infrared studies of some chloroethylene-ozone reactions,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. , 1977, 99, 3704 -3708.

I.C. Hisatsune, L. Kolopajlo and J. Heicklen, “Gas phase kinetics of the ozone-1,2-dichloroethylene reaction”, Center for Air Environment Studies, July 1976 , CAES Publication No. 447-76.

Professional Affiliations

American Chemical Society
ACS Division of Chemical Education
ACS Division on the History of Chemistry
Phi Kappa Phi
American Modeling Teachers Association
National Science Teachers Association
Michigan Science Teachers Association
Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association

Courses Taught

Modern Chemistry for Educators II (Chem 526)
Modern Chemistry for Educators I  (Chem 525)
Advanced Methodology for Secondary Chemistry Teachers (Chem 520)
Computer Applications in Chemistry (Chem 510)
Nature of Science for Elementary Teachers, (Chem 407)
The Nature of Science (Chem 406)
Methodology for Secondary Chemistry Teachers (Chem 325)
Teaching Elementary Chemistry (Chem 312)
General Chemistry (Chem 121, 122, 123, 124)
Chemistry for Elementary Teachers (Chem 101)

The Department of Chemistry is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold