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Academic School

School of Science


Donnelly 235B



(845) 575-3000 ext. 2224

Dr. Jocelyn M. Nadeau

Associate Professor of Chemistry


Since 2005, Jocelyn Nadeau has been at Marist teaching organic chemistry lecture and laboratory courses and conducting research in collaboration with undergraduates.  She enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for organic chemistry with her students and mentoring them through the process of discovering and reaching their future career goals.  Her research is focused on the synthesis and characterization of complex organic molecules with emissive or electrochemical properties for molecular electronics applications.  She has coauthored several peer-reviewed publications with her students, and they have presented their research at numerous local and national conferences.



BA, Chemistry, Smith College, 1997
PhD, Chemistry, Brown University, 2003
Postdoctoral Associate (Swager Group), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003-2005

Research Interests / Areas of Focus

Design, synthesis, and study of organic molecules with complex structures that exhibit interesting electrochemical and photophysical properties.

Selected Publications

Undergraduate coauthors are bolded:

“Crystal structure of a fluorescent C-shaped molecule containing closely stacked bithiophene-substituted quinoxaline rings”, Wickham, L. M.; Tanski, J. M.; Nadeau, J. M. Acta Cryst. 2017, C73, 276–279. 

"Synthesis and spectroscopic studies of highly fluorescent, solvatochromic diastereomers with differentially stacked bithiophene-substituted quinoxaline rings", Ciufo, R. A.; Kreinbihl, J. J.; Johnson, S. R.; Nadeau, J. M. Tetrahedron 2017, 73, 30–38.

“C-Shaped diastereomers containing cofacial thiophene-substituted quinoxaline rings:  synthesis, photophysical properties, and X-ray crystallography”, DeBlase, C. R.; Finke, R. T.; Porras, J. A.; Tanski, J. M.; Nadeau, J. M. J. Org. Chem. 2014, 79, 4312–4321.

“Synthesis and redox properties of racemic electroactive polymers containing axially chiral adamantyl segments.” Schenck, C. L.; Nadeau, J. M. Tetrahedron 2010, 66, 462–466.

“syn,syn-15,17-Di-2-naphthylhexacyclo[,10.15,8.02,11.04,9]heptadecane deuterochloroform monosolvate.” DeBlase, A. F.; Thong, D. C.; Nadeau, J. M.; Gebhart, D.; Provo, J.; Foxman, B. M. Acta Cryst. 2009, E65, o2427–o2428.

“New beta-linked pyrrole monomers:  Approaches to highly stable and conductive electrochromic polymers.” Nadeau, J. M.; Swager, T. M. Tetrahedron 2004, 60, 7141–7146.

“Hole transfer in a C-shaped molecule:  Conformational freedom versus solvent-mediated coupling.” Nadeau, J. M.; Liu, M.; Waldeck, D. H.; Zimmt, M. B. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2003, 125, 15964–15973.

“Stereoisomeric p-quinodimethanes.” Cheng, W. J. Y.; Janosy, N. R.; Nadeau, J. M. C.; Rosenfeld, S.; Rushing, M.; Jasinski, J. P.; Rotello, V. J. Org. Chem. 1998, 63, 379–382.

Awards and Honors

Faculty Research Award, 2020

Student Government Association Faculty Member of the Year Award, 2018

Board of Trustees' Faculty Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2013

Student Government Association School of Science Faculty Member of the Year Award:  2009, 2012, 2015, and 2019

Outreach Volunteer of the Year Award, Mid-Hudson ACS Local Section, 2017