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Dr. Jeffrey Cornelius

Professor of Chemistry
Chair of the Chemistry Department

Teaching Area(s)

Engineering Science


  • PhD, Chemistry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • MS, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • BS, Principia College


Dr. Jeffrey Cornelius has taught physical, environmental, instrumental, and general chemistry at Principia College for over 25 years. He has also taught general chemistry at Florissant Valley Community College in St. Louis. Cornelius is active in the St. Louis section of the American Chemical Society, having served as chair in 2011 and currently serving as director.

Scholarly Interests

Cornelius's graduate and postdoctoral work examined novel techniques of pulsed and high frequency electron paramagnetic resonance to determine structure. He has also conducted research and developed labs with chemistry students at Principia.

Contributions to Field

Cornelius has published widely in a variety of professional journals, including Inorganic ChemistryThe Journal of Physical Chemistry, the Journal of the American Chemical Society, and Biochemical Journal. He has also made dozens of presentations at professional conferences. 


Named the Charles Stuart Harding Mott Distinguished Professor, 2015

Won the James Watt Physical Science Award, Principia College, 1981

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Sigma Xi
  • American Chemical Society, Division of Chemical Education
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Combustion Institute
  • International EPR Society

Publications and Presentations

  • Nyapete, Calvin and Cornelius, Jeffrey, Synthesis of Trans-Chrysanthemic Acid, 21st Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Sigma Chemical, St. Louis, MO, 2013.
  • Jeffrey B. Cornelius and Robert M. Trapp, Terry J. Delord, Frank R. Fronczek, and Steven F. Watkins, Jill Jasin Orosz and Ronald L. Musselman, One-Dimensional Collective Electronic Effects in the Helically Stacked Cs2[Ni(CN)4]·H2O and Cs2[Pt(CN)4]·H2O: X-ray Structure, Polarized Specular Reflectance, and ZINDO Calculations. Inorganic Chemistry, 2003, 42 (9): 3026–3035.

For additional publications and presentations, please see the CV below.

Dr. Jeffrey Cornelius