Lucas Tucker

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Phone: (518) 782‑6953
Email: ltucker@siena.edu

Lucas  Tucker

Degrees:

Ph.D. Chemistry Syracuse University
B.S. Chemistry Marist College

Bio:

Dr. Lucas J. Tucker is respected for his work inside and outside of the classroom at Siena College. His research efforts have resulted in multiple publications (journal articles, patents, and proceedings) and over a dozen (local, regional, and national) presentations, in the areas of pedagogy polymer chemistry, liquid crystalline holography, photoresist material synthesis, green methodology, and linear free energy relationships. Dr. Tucker has worked primarily in academia, but has also been the the VP of Product Development with a start up company, and served as an R & D Fellow during his sabbatical.

Lucas attended Marist College and he graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry. From there he continued on to Syracuse College where he earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry under Michael Sponsler. His thesis is titled “Liquid Crystalline Holography: The Effect of Various Additives on Photopolymerization”. As the VP of Product Development Lucas has directed contract work from one of the leading pressure sensitive adhesives companies in the country resulting in three patents and a nationally available sports enhancement product. His work as an R & D fellow extended the knowledge of tire rubber polymerization kinetics.

Lucas primarily teaches organic and general chemistry where he focuses his efforts on providing the best education possible to students. In 2012, Dr. Tucker was awarded "Lecturer of the Year" by the Siena College student senate.

Lucas resides in Waterford, NY with his wife and two daughters. Something most don’t know about Lucas: He has hiked to the highest point of 22 states.

What I love about Siena:

Siena College students are on average motivated and respectful. If you can determine any error in their learning process they are on average willing to try to address these issues. I enjoy teaching general and organic chemistry because so many of our students learn how to learn in these courses. They see that application of their own efforts results in improvement and this changes their ability to succeed in life as well as my courses.

My Favorite courses to teach are:

Organic chemistry is my favorite course to teach. The materials is facinating and beautiful. There is a moment during the second semester for a lot of students where the interrelated nature of the material becomes clear and the subject just clicks. This is often called chemical intuition. Assisting my students in their development of chemical intuition is very rewarding.

Professional Experience:

Associate Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry Siena College 2014 - Now
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Siena College 2006 - 2014

Why I chose Siena:

Siena College is very similar to my undergraduate college, Marist. I was looking for a college where teaching was still held in the highest regard. I wanted to be sure that I could focus on not only my research and my college wide service but that I could put the majority of my effort into effecting as many individual students as I could.

Office Hours:

MON: 02:30 PM-04:30 PM
TUE: 09:30 AM-11:30 AM
WED:
THU: 01:00 PM-02:00 PM
FRI: 10:30 AM-11:30 AM

My current research:

Research offers students the ability to apply talents garnered through their course work and to flesh out their understanding of “doing” science. Through their research work, my students learn how to first understand the question that they are attempting to address and then use literature procedures to design methods of pursuing their particular problem. I have included 21 different students in my research group for a total of over 6000 hours of research. This has lead to 12 presentations of our work, 7 of which were at national conferences.

The Tucker research group investigates a wide variety of subjects including rubber additives, grip technology, pedagogy, green chemistry, science education, nanomaterials, polymers and especially liquid crystalline materials. Our LC materials projects have ranged from green synthesis to photoresist technology to generation of liquid crystalline sensors.

My teaching philosophy:

The application of oneself to teaching is an act of dedication. This is not an occupation that can be done well by someone who lacks a true desire to change the lives of their students and to inspire them. Teaching is an attempt to instill a desire to learn and to provide the tools for doing so. I feel that interactive classes in which the students are expected to share their analysis with the class fosters the sort of self-teaching that students will need for the rest of their lives. The success that I have had with this method can be highlighted by the fact that the student senate elected me “Lecturer of the Year” in 2012.

In teaching chemistry it is more important that the students understand the processes of molecular interaction instead of memorizing the facts. Students who develop the analytical thought process enhance their ability to discover original ideas when they enter research of their own. It is important that students understand chemistry is a work in progress and not a series of facts to be memorized that will never change. This is especially important for non-majors to use the information from our class to better understand their own academic pursuits.

It is my focus to provide students with the tools necessary to learn and the support to understand those things that they don’t.


Impact of the Siena College Tech Valley Scholars Program on Student Outcomes.
Journal of STEM Education, vol. 17
2016
Using iPads in the Chemistry Classroom: Focusing on Paperless Education and Identification and Directed use of Pedagogically Directed Applications
Chemical Educator
2013
Trithiocarbonate-Mediated Free Radical Photopolymerization: Improved Uniformity In Hologram Recording
Applied Optics, vol. 45
2006
Holography via Liquid Crystalline Polymerization: The Effect of Various Additives
Polymer Preprints, vol. 47
2006
Holography Via Liquid Crystalline Photopolymerization: The Effect of Various Additives.
232nd ACS National Meeting & Exposition
2006
Sequential Multiphoton Photopolymerization For Hologram Recording Using A Trithiocarbonate As A Raft Reagent
Polymer Preprints, vol. 46
2005
Sequential Multiphoton Photopolymerization For Hologram Recording Using A Trithiocarbonate As A Raft Reagent.
230th ACS National Meeting & Exposition
2005
Organotin Hydride Reduction of Benzyl Bromides
Organometallics, vol. 21
2002
category: Teaching
Siena College Lecturer of the Year, 2012
category: Research
Trustco Bank Award for Excellence, 2011
category: Other
Phi Lambda Upsilon Chemistry National Honorary Society, 2009
Making Labs Greener: A Discussion of the Evaluation Process.
June, 2015
Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Ithaca, New York
Siena College Green Chemistry Workshop
November, 2015
120th STANYS Conference, Rochester, New York
Green Chemistry and Safety in the Lab Curriculum
October, 2015
NYS School Environmental Health Summit, Saratoga Springs, New York
Greening Up the Science Laborotory
October, 2014
2014 Diocese of Albany Professional Development Day, Albany, New York
Using tablet monitors and computers to teach organic chemistry
2013
245th ACS National Meeting and Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana
Synthesis of discotic liquid crystalline porphyrin precursors
2013
245th ACS National Meeting and Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana
Using Tablet Monitors and Computers to Teach Organic Chemistry
2013
47th Annual Meeting of MAALACT, Reading, Pennsylvania
Using iPads in the Chemistry Classroom: Steps toward a Fully Paperless Classroom
March, 2011
243rd American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, San Diego, California
Synthesis of Cholesteric Liquid Crystalline Porphyrins
2011
243rd American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, San Diego, California
Polyesterification of Maleic Acid with Various Diols
2011
Eastern New York ACS Undergraduate Research Poster Session, Loudonville, New York
A Green Synthesis of a Cholesteric Liquid Crystal
2011
Eastern New York ACS Undergraduate Research Poster Session, Loudonville, New York
Green synthesis of (E)-10,13-dimethyl-17-(6-methylheptan-2-yl)-2,3,4,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17-tetradecahydro-1H-cyclopenta[a]phenanthren-3-yl 6-(4-(3-(4-methoxyphenyl)acryloyl)phenoxy)hexanoate.
2010
240th National ACS meeting, Boston, Massachusetts
Kinetics of a potassium sulfate, Potassium Iodide Reaction: Expansion to a Multiweek Experiment.
2009
238th ACS National Meeting and Exposition, Washington, District of Columbia
Synthesis and Copolymerization of MPAEB and 4-vinylbenzyl-4'-cyano cinnamate For Use in Liquid Crystalline Photoresist Technology
2009
238th ACS National Meeting and Exposition, Washington, District of Columbia
Synthesis and Copolymerization of Cyanvinylbenzylcinnamate and MPAEB to Result in Liquid Crystalline Photoresist Materials
2009
Eastern New York ACS Undergraduate Research Poster Session, Loudonville, New York
A Green Methodology Toward the Condenstation Polymerization of Diols with Diacids under UV Light and Room Temperature."
2009
Eastern New York ACS Undergraduate Research Poster Session, Loudonville, New York
Liquid Crystalline Materials For Sensing and Photoresist Technology.
2008
236th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Synthesis of 4-vinylbenzyl-4'-cyano cinnamate For Use in Photoresist Technology as a Liquid Crystalline Monomer.
2008
235th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana
Holography Via Liquid Crystalline Photopolymerization: The Effect of Various Additives.
2006
Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Binghamton, New York
Holography Via Liquid Crystalline Photopolymerization: The Effect of Various Additives.
2006
232nd ACS National Meeting & Exposition, San Francisco, California
Sequential Multiphoton Photopolymerization For Hologram Recording Using A Trithiocarbonate As A Raft Reagent.
2005
230th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Washington, District of Columbia
New Liquid Crystalline Monomer for the Formation of Dynamic Holographic Gratings.
2004
Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Rochester, New York