Dr. Jeffrey B. Cornelius

Professor of Chemistry
Department Chair
MS, PhD, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
BS, Principia College

Jeffrey Cornelius is the Charles Stewart Harding Mott Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Principia College. Jeff graduated from Principia College, where he received the Physical Science Award for his undergraduate research. As an undergraduate he worked with single crystal polarized reflection spectroscopy. He received a Masters and PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana Illinois. His thesis was titled "Electron Spin Echo and Millimeter Wave EPR Studies of Disordered Solids." At University of Illinois, he worked for professor R. Linn Belford. He was a Belfor Fellow at Albert Einstein College of Yeshiva University, working on the NIH resource for pulsed EPR. He has taught at Principia College for over 20 years. He has been chair of the Chemistry Department, and currently serves as Unit Head for the Math and Natural Science Unit at Principia. He has taught courses throughout the chemistry major as well as general education courses in chemistry of art/objects, environmental chemistry, and has headed up establishment of a minor in sustainability which debuted fall 2011 at Principia. Jeff has served the St. Louis Section of ACS as Education Committee chair, Undergraduate Research Symposium Chair, Secretary, and was the 2011 Section Chair.