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Dennis J. Sardella

Professor of Chemistry

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Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology, 1967

National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Western Ontario, 1967

Professor Sardella works with undergraduate students, both through teaching various courses and through fellowship and scholarship advisement. His past research focused on the use of NMR spectroscopy, in conjunction with molecular orbital calculations, to analyze a variety of problems concerned with molecular structure, transmission of electronic information in π-systems, and chemical carcinogenesis. Most recently his attention has focused on matters relating to the responsible conduct of research and professional development.

Professor Sardella was the founding Director of the Boston College Presidential Scholars Program, a select university-wide four-year undergraduate educational experience for young men and women of exceptional talent and character. The Program nurtures their development into the nation’s future leaders through rigorous Honors curricula and special enrichment opportunities, including community service, international experience, and professional internships. He served in that position for twenty years, until September 2010, when he returned to the Chemistry Department full-time.

Representative Key Publications:

"Through-Space 13C-19F Coupling in Highly Crowded Systems: Radial Dependence and Electronic Effects" Hsee, L.C.; Sardella, D. J.; Mag. Res. Chem. 1990, 28, 688.

"IH and 13C Spectra of Fluorine-Containing Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons. IH-19F and 13C-19F Coupling Across Bay Regions" Sardella, D. J.; Boger E. Mag. Res. Chem. 1989, 27, 13.

"Two-Bond Deuterium Isotope Efects on Chemical Shifts. A Measure of Carbon-Carbon Bond Lengths" El-Din, A. E.; Sardella, D. J. Mag. Res. Chem. 1989, 27, 253.