Jodi L. O'Donnell

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Phone: (518) 783‑2509
Email: jodonnell@siena.edu

Jodi L. O'Donnell

Degrees:

Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry Northwestern University
B.A. Chemistry ACS Drew University

Bio:

A native of Hummelstown, PA, I received a B.A. in Chemistry with a minor in Physics from Drew University in Madison, NJ. Following my undergraduate degree, I received a Ph.D. under the direction of Joseph T. Hupp at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. My research focused in the area of Inorganic Chemistry, with an emphasis on functional materials design and characterization. I spent a year as a graduate fellow at Argonne National Lab in Argonne, IL working with Dr. David Tiede on developing wide angle x-ray scattering techniques. I began my teaching career at Reed College in Portland, OR as a visiting faculty member before joining the Siena College faculty in 2007.

What I love about Siena:

I love to teach at Siena because of the great interactions I get to have with our students in my classes and research lab.

My Favorite courses to teach are:

My favorite classes to teach are general chemistry 1 and inorganic chemistry 2. In these courses, I get to see students at the two extremes of their college career, and I enjoy seeing how they’ve grown from the beginnings of their freshman year to the end of their junior year.

Professional Experience:

Visiting Scientist SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering 2013 - 2014
Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry Siena College 2013 - Now
Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry Siena College 2007 - 2013
Visiting Assistant Professor, Chemistry Reed College 2005 - 2007
Graduate Fellow, Chemistry Argonne National Laboratory 2004 - 2005

Why I chose Siena:

I chose to teach at Siena because of the small classes, the ability to work one on one with research students in my lab, the location of the college in one of the tech sector hubs of the country, and the liberal arts core to our curriculum.

Office Hours:

MON: 03:45 PM-05:30 PM
TUE: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
WED: 03:45 PM-05:30 PM
THU:
FRI:

My current research:


My research focuses on synthesis and characterization of thin-film and membrane materials.

Our goal in designing these materials is to use them for a variety of applications, including as VOC, ion pair, and biomimetic sensors, in novel liquid crystalline materials, photovoltaic devices and in electrochromic materials. To learn more, visit my research webpage.


My teaching philosophy:

In the classroom, I’m known to be both passionate and tough. I find great joy in pushing students to what they think are their intellectual limits and then watching them sail beyond them. Part of the college experience is stretching your abilities far further than you imagined possible.


Impact of the Siena College Tech Valley Scholars Program on Student Outcomes
Journal of STEM Education, vol. 17
2016
Synthesis and Characterization of Thermochromic Metal Complexes with A Near Room Temperature High-Spin to Low-Spin Crossover
Chemical Educator, vol. 20
2015
Chlorocarbon and Alcohol Vapor Discrimination by Electropolymerized Ultrathin Chromophore Films
Journal of the Electrochemical Society, vol. 160
2013
A Computational Approach to Walsh Correlation Diagrams for the Inorganic Chemistry Curriculum
Chemical Educator, vol. 17
2012
Interfacially Polymerized Metalloporphyrin Thin Films for Colorimetric Sensing of Organic Vapors
Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, vol. 155
2011
Electropolymerized Ultrathin Chromophore Films for VOC Sensing
Electrochemical Society Transactions, vol. 35
2011
Solution Phase Structural Characterization of Supramolecular Assemblies by High-Angle Molecular Diffraction
Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 129
2007
Supramolecular Porphyrinic Prisms: Coordinative Assembly and Preliminary Solution-Phase X-ray Structural
Chemical Communications, vol. 44
2006
Liquid/Liquid Interface Polymerized Membranes Displaying Size- Selective Molecular and Ionic Permeability
Langmuir, vol. 22
2006
Permeable, Microporous Polymeric Membrane Materials Constructed from Discrete Molecular Squares
Advanced Materials, vol. 15
2003
Interfacial Polymerization of Molecular Squares: Thin Microporous Membranes Featuring Size Selective Transport
Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, vol. 734
2002
category: Research
Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement, 2013
category: Teaching-Research-Service
NSF S-STEM Grant, 2013
category: Teaching
Lab Grad Fellowship from Argonne National Laboratory Division of Educational Programs, 2004
category: Teaching
Donald E. Smith Award for Excellence in 300-Level Teaching, 2003
category: Research
Argonne National Laboratory, 2003
category: Other
Jean Asnell Durana Award for Outstanding Undergrad. Paper Presentation, 2000
category: Research
Drew University Gold 'D' Award, 2000
category: Research
American Institute of Chemists Award for Outstanding Senior Chemistry Major, 2000
category: Research
American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry, 1999
category: Research
Drew University International Study Scholarship, 1999
category: Other
Drew University Scholar I, 1996
category: Other
National Merit Scholar, 1996
Design and Synthesis of Cholesteric Liquid Crystalline Porphyrin VOC Sensors
March, 2016
251st American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, San Diego, California
Writing research proposals across the undergraduate curriculum: Adapting a VIPEr Learning Object for use in multiple courses
March, 2016
251st American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, San Diego, California
Design and Synthesis of Cholesteric Liquid Crystalline Porphyrin VOC Sensors
March, 2016
Eastern New York Section of the American Chemical Society 8th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Loudonville, New York
Metalloporphyrin-Based Dual-Mode Colorimetric Sensors
2016
Eastern New York Section of the American Chemical Society 8th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Loudonville, New York
Siena College First Year Research Fellows
2016
2016 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Greeley, Colorado
Siena College Tech Valley Scholars program and STEM student retention
2016
2016 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Greeley, Colorado
Writing research proposals across the undergraduate curriculum: Adapting a VIPEr learning object for use in multiple courses
2016
2016 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Greeley, Colorado
Synthesis and characterization of thermochromic metal complexes with near room temperature spin crossover: An undergraduate laboratory experiment
2016
2016 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Greeley, Colorado
Electropolymerized Metalloporphyrin-Based Colorimetric Sensors
2015
Eastern New York Section of the American Chemical Society 7th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Loudonville, New York
Synthesis of Cholesteric Ligands for Liquid Crystalline Porphyrin Sensors
2015
Eastern New York Section of the American Chemical Society 7th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Loudonville, New York
Generation of Liquid Crystalline Sensors by Alkylation of Porphyrin Species
2015
Eastern New York Section of the American Chemical Society 7th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Loudonville, New York
Metalloporphyrin-Based Dual-Mode Colorimetric Sensors
2015
250th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, Boston, Massachusetts
Redesigning the General Chemistry laboratory curriculum to an atoms-first approach
August, 2014
2014 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Allendale, Michigan
Preparing PUI Students for Critical Thinking, Writing, and Presentation Skills Applicable to Graduate School
2014
2014 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Allendale, Michigan
Biomimetic Recognition of Glutamic Acid
2013
Eastern New York Section of the American Chemical Society 5th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Loudonville, New York
Synthesis of Discotic Liquid Crystalline Porphyrin Precursors
April, 2013
Eastern New York Section of the American Chemical Society 5th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Loudonville, New York
Sensing of Chlorocarbon and Alcohol Vapors by Electropolymerized Porphyrin Thin Films
April, 2013
Eastern New York Section of the American Chemical Society 5th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Loudonville, New York
Synthesis of Discotic Liquid Crystalline Porphyrin Precursors
April, 2013
245th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana
Synthesis of Cholesteric Liquid Crystalline Porphyrins
April, 2012
Eastern New York Section of the American Chemical Society 4th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Loudonville, New York
Synthesis of Cholesteric Liquid Crystalline Porphyrins
March, 2012
243rd American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, San Diego, California
Highly Discriminatory Electropolymerized Porphyrin Sensors
April, 2012
Eastern New York Section of the American Chemical Society 4th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Loudonville, New York
Sensing of Chlorocarbon and Alcohol Vapors by Electropolymerized Porphyrin Thin Films
August, 2012
244th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Electropolymerized Ultrathin Chromophore Films for VOC Sensing
April, 2011
Eastern New York Section of the American Chemical Society 3rd Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Loudonville, New York
Microwave Assisted Layer-By-Layer Assembly of Choromophore Thin Films
April, 2011
Eastern New York Section of the American Chemical Society 3rd Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Loudonville, New York
Electropolymerized Ultrathin Chromophore Films for VOC Sensing
May, 2011
219th Electrochemical Society Meeting, Montreal, Quebec
Design of Metalloporphyrin Thin Film Materials for Colorimetric Sensing of Trace Organic Pollutants
2011
Invited Seminar, Union College Department of Chemistry, Schenectady, New York
Sensing Volatile Organics with Zinc and Copper Metalloporphyrin-Based Films
April, 2010
Eastern New York Section of the American Chemical Society 2nd Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Loudonville, New York
Layer-by-Layer Self Assembled Thin Film Materials Using Conventional and Microwave Assisted Techniques
April, 2009
Eastern New York Section of the American Chemical Society 1st Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Loudonville, New York
Interfacially Polymerized Thin Film Colorimetric Sensors for Volatile Organics
April, 2009
Eastern New York Section of the American Chemical Society 1st Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, Loudonville, New York
Green Chemistry Labs: An Ongoing Process at Siena College
August, 2008
236th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Fabrication and Characterization of Self-Assembled Thin Film Materials for Colorimetric Sensing of Organic Pollutants
June, 2008
35th Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Burlington, Vermont
The Design of Smart Membranes: Synthesis of Polymeric Porphyrinic Materials with Nanoscale Porosity
2006
Invited Seminar, Lewis and Clark College Department of Chemistry, Portland, Oregon
The Design of Smart Membrane Materials: Synthesis of Polymeric Porphyrinic Materials with Nanoscale Porosity
2006
Invited Seminar, Portland State University Department of Chemistry, Portland, Oregon
Towards New Porous Membrane Materials: Interfacial Polymerization of Porphyrins with Non-aggregating Functional Groups
April, 2005
Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium, Chicago, Illinois
Solution Phase Structural Analysis of Supramolecular Assemblies by High Angle Molecular Diffraction
May, 2005
Argonne National Laboratory Center for Nanoscale Materials Meeting, Argonne, Illinois
Solution Phase Structural Analysis of Supramolecular Assemblies by High Angle Molecular Diffraction
May, 2005
Argonne National Laboratory Advanced Photon Source Users Meeting, Argonne, Illinois
Nanoporous Molecular Materials for Energy Harvesting, Storage, Conversion, and Release
June, 2004
Department of Energy Nanosummit, Washington, District of Columbia
Solution Phase Structural Analysis of Supramolecular Assemblies by Wide Angle X-Ray Scattering
May, 2004
Argonne National Laboratory Center for Nanoscale Materials Meeting, Argonne, Illinois
Interfacial Polymerization of Molecular Squares: Thin Microporous Membranes Featuring Size Selective Transport
December, 2002
Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts
Mesoporous Porphyrin Molecular Square Membranes and Thin Films for Sensing Applications
March, 2002
Institute for Environmental Catalysis Industrial Associates Meeting, Evanston, Illinois
The Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Silica Structures Based upon Nanocrystalline Cadmium Sulfide Templates
April, 2000
North Jersey ACS Student Affiliates Research Conference, Madison, New Jersey