Lori Stepan

Lori Stepan

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  • Associate Teaching Professor
  • Chemistry Department Learning Assistant Coordinator
  • Eberly College of Science Outreach Fellow
220D Whitmore Laboratory
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 867-2292


  1. B.A., Northwestern University, 1984
  2. Ph.D., Indiana University, 1991

Honors and Awards:

  1. May, 2012 winner of the Priestley Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching in Chemistry
  2. ACS Chemistry Ambassador 2015 - 2017
  3. ACS Chemistry Outreach Volunteer of the year, 2014

Selected Publications:

Vol. 1; PSU-E CHEM 110: Structure and Properties, and Vol. 2; PSU-E CHEM 112: Reactions and Materials; Maslak, P.; Bojan, M. J.; Van Der Sluys, L. S.; Copyright Ó 2011-2017, https://genchem.science.psu.edu.

“Chemistry Rocks, Norwood, V.; Abrams, N.; D’Amelia, R.; Duerst, M.; Fivizzani, K.; Litin, Al; Van Der Sluys, L.; 2017 National Chemistry Week edition of Celebrating Chemistry, copyright 2017, American Chemical Society, Washington, D.C.

“An Attractive “Cis-Effect” of Hydride on Neighbor Ligands:  Experimental and Theoretical Studies on the Structure and Intramolecular Rearrangements of Fe(H)2(η2-H2)-(PEtPh2)3.”  Lori Stepan Van Der Sluys, Juergen Eckert, Odile Eisenstein, John H. Hall, John C. Huffman, Sarah A. Jackson, Thomas F. Koetzle, Gregory J. Kubas, Phillip J. Vergamini, and Kenneth G. Caulton;* J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 1990, 112, 4831.

“Dihydrogen: a Better Ligand Than Water?  IR and X-ray Evidence for Aquo Coordination in W(CO)3(PR3)2(H2O).  Thermodynamics of H2O Versus η 2-H2 Binding, and H2O/D2 Isotopic Exchange.  Implications on the Biological Activation of Hydrogen.”  Gregory J. Kubas, Carol J. Burns, G.R.K. Khalsa, Lori Stepan Van Der Sluys, Gabor Kiss, and Carl D. Hoff, Organometallics, 1992, 11, 3390.

“Protonation of W(CO)3(PCy3)2.”  Lori Stepan Van Der Sluys, Gregory J. Kubas, Kimberly A. Kubat-Martin, and Kenneth G. Caulton*;  Inorg. Chem., 1991, 30, 306.

“Deprotonation of Uncharged Transition-Metal Dihydrogen Complexes with Copper Alkoxides, Characterization of the Heterometallic Complexes  (PR3)xMHyCu(PR3) (M = Fe,W), and X-ray Crystal Structure of (PEtPh2)3FeH3Cu(PEtPh2),”  Lori Stepan Van Der Sluys, M.M. Miller;  Gregory J. Kubas* and Kenneth G. Caulton;* J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 1991, 113, 2513.

“Reactivity of Ru(H2)(H)2(PPh3)3;  Dimerization to Form (PPh3)2(H)Ru(μ-H)3Ru(PPh3)3 and Decarbonylation of EtOH Under Mild Conditions.”  Lori Stepan Van Der Sluys, Gregory J. Kubas* and Kenneth G. Caulton,* Organometallics,1991, 10, 1033.

“Molecular Hydrogen Complexes of the Transition Metals.  7.  Kinetics and Thermo-dynamics of the Interconversion Between Dihydride and Dihydrogen Forms of W(CO)3(PR3)2H2 Where R = iso-propyl and cyclo-pentyl.”  G. Rattan K. Khalsa, Gregory J. Kubas*, Clifford J. Unkefer, Lori Stepan Van Der Sluys, and Kimberly A. Kubat-Martin; J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 1990, 112, 3855.

“Tricarbonyltris(nitrile) complexes of Cr, Mo, and W.” Gregory J. Kubas*, and Lori Stepan Van Der Sluys, Inorg. Syntheses,1990, 28, 29.


Instructional Laboratory
Assistant Teaching Professor
Chemistry Undergraduate Academic Advisors
Minors Advisor