My teaching methodology is one that puts more of an emphasis of understanding the underlying concepts rather that focusing on memorization. In chemistry, if one can grasp the concept (for example retrosynthetic analysis), then the need to memorize everything is minimized.
I am an organic chemist with a PhD and 6.5 years of industrial experience. I have been tutoring through various agencies for over a year. I have helped students in understand and mastering chemistry at various levels, ranging from high school honors chemistry up to college level organic chemistry. If you have any questions how I can help you in your studies of this field, please let me know.
I charge only 1 hour if a cancellation is made less than 4 hours before the scheduled session. My travel and toll expenses are calculated into my hourly rate.
Alexander J. Augatis, PhD
An accomplished chemist proficient in organic chemistry, synthesis, purification, and characterization using a variety of analytical techniques. Capable of working with/leading a team to deliver outcomes quickly and efficiently. Has the ability to adapt in an expedient manner and a desire to grow his career by learning new technologies.
• Organic Synthesis, Characterization: 1H, 13C, and 31P, NMR (both 1D and 2D) Spectroscopy, TLC, and FTIR
• Purification: HPLC, LC/MS, flash chromatography, distillation, and recrystallization
• Empower 2 (HPLC)
• Omnic and Know It All (FTIR)
• Topspin and VNMR (NMR)
• XCalibur (LC/MS) Software
• Microsoft Office
• Scifinder, Reaxy’s
Varsity Tutors, multiple cities, NJ 08/17-present
• Instructed and mentored high school and college students in organic and general chemistry
• Created lesson plans and problem sets geared to reinforce concepts and improve weaknesses
Ashland Specialty Ingredients (Formerly ISP), Bridgewater, NJ 07/10-12/16
• Utilized synthetic organic background advising molecular science groups on alternative strategies for the development of new monomers and offer insight towards reaction mechanisms of products and impurities
• Performed characterization of polymers and small molecules using 1H, 13C, and 31P NMR and FTIR spectroscopy for personal, skin, and hair care. Products. Additionally, maintained cryogen levels of the NMR spectrometer
• Led efforts to determine whether competitors were using the same technology as Ashland in the manufacturing of a medical device
• While acting as the Analytical liaison for several R&D projects, coordinated with other groups to ensure deliverable outcomes were me in a timely fashion, one of which is scheduled for launch in late 2017
• Acted as team leader in an effort to determine the most efficient method for analysis of silicon deposition on hair tresses
• Identified and quantified reaction impurities and residual monomers in production samples using HPLC and NMR techniques
• Performed method development and validation for FTIR and HPLC
• Utilization of QTOF LC/MS chromatography
Saint Gobain, Granville, NY 05/03-08/03
Summer Internship-Quality Control Technician
• Ensured adhesives and foam products manufactured were up to standards and maintaining records of exports
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 06/02-08/02
Summer Internship-Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program with Dr. Totah
• Conducted research focused on synthesis of highly functionalized dihydropyrones to be used in the Diels-Alder reaction
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY Graduated 07/10
Doctor of Philosophy in Organic Chemistry
Research Director: Dr. Nancy I. Totah
Title of Dissertation: Face selectivity in the Dihydropyrone Diels-Alder Reaction and Efforts towards the Total Synthesis of Phomactin A
SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 12/03-05/10
Research Assistant for Dr. Nancy I. Totah
• Conducted synthetic studies toward the total synthesis of Phomactin A.
• Approached towards the synthesis of the molecule included the use of face selective dihydropyrone Diels-Alder reactions and the use of various metal catalyzed cross coupling
• Performed methodology studies towards the face selectivity in the dihydropyrone Diels-Alder reaction
SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY 09/01-05/02
Undergraduate Research with Professor Christina Geiger
• Studied towards the synthesis and characterization of cholesterol derived stilbenes
• Upon completion of the light sensitive products, tested various properties of the compounds such as fluorescence
1. Studies towards the synthesis of Phomactin A. An approach to the macrocyclic core; D. Teng, B. Wang, A. J. Augatis, N. I. Totah. Tetrahedron. Lett. 2007, 48 (26), 4605-4607
2. Face Selectivity in the dihydropyrone Diels-Alder reaction; A. J. Augatis, L. B. Avery, N. I. Totah, manuscript in preparation
1. “The Determination of Silicon Concentration on Hair Tresses using FTIR” Alex J. Augatis, Eugene Oldham, Lou Cheng, Wayne Chu, SCIX Conference, Milwaukee, WI, September 30, 2013 (poster).
2. “Face Selectivity in the dihydropyrone Diels-Alder reaction” Alex J. Augatis, Lindsay B. Avery, Nancy I. Totah, AGEP Academic Excellence Symposium, Syracuse, NY, June 12, 2008 (poster).
3. “Face selectivity in the dihydropyrone Diels-Alder reaction” 234th National American Chemical Society Meeting, Boston, MA, August 20, 2007, ORGN- 100 (oral presentation).
AWARDS & AFFILIATIONS
• AGEP poster presentation – first place, Syracuse University, June 12, 2008
American Chemical Society (ACS)
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