Bansi L. Kalra

Professor of Chemistry

Hollins University


 

 

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Name:
Bansi L. Kalra

Position:
Professor of Chemistry

Education:
Ph. D.  University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (1973) (Advisor: A. R. Knight)

M. Sc. (Honors) Panjab University, Chandigarh, India   (1966) (Advisor: B. R. Puri)

B. Sc. (Honors) Panjab University, Chandigarh, India   (1965)

Academic Appointments:

Hollins College (1980-1997)/Hollins University (1997-present)

Professor of Chemistry (1994-present)
Paula Brownlee Professor of chemistry (1998-2004)
Associate Professor (1984-1994)
Assistant Professor (1980-1984)

Colgate University 1982-1996)

Research Associate (Summers: 1986-1996)

Connecticut College (1997-present)

Summer Research Associate

University of Northern Iowa (1979-1980)

Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Wartburg College (1978-1979)

Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry

University of Saskatchewan (1976-1978)

Instructor/Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Research  Interests:

Kinetics of  thermal reactions of small hydrocarbons in  the gas phase using a static reactor and shock tubes.

Latest Grants:

National Science Foundation (RUI grant) (Co-PI with Prof. David K. Lewis, Department of Chemistry, Connecticut College, New London, CT) (2002-2005)

National Science Foundation (RUI grant) (Co-PI with Prof. David K. Lewis, Department of Chemistry, Connecticut College, New London, CT) (1997-2000)

National Science Foundation (RUI grant) (Co-PI with Prof. David K. Lewis, Department of Chemistry, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY) (1994-1997)

Professional Memberships: 

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Blue Ridge Section ACS

Council on Undergraduate Research (Institutional Liaison) (1994- present)

Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society

Publications:

David K. Lewis, Timothy Gray, Vlad Katsva, Kyle Parcella and Jessica Schlier, and Bansi L. Kalra, Janet Cho '98* and Debra Mish '01*; Kinetics of the Thermal Isomerization of 1,1,2,2-Tetramethylcyclopropane, Int. J. Chem. Kinet., 2006, 38, 483-488.

David K. Lewis, Steven Hughes, Justine Miller, Jessica Schlier, Kevin Wilkinson, Sara Wilkinson, and Bansi L. Kalra; Kinetics of the Thermal Isomerization of 1,1,2-trimethylcyclopropane, Int. J. Chem. Kinet., 2006, 38, 475-482.

Bansi L. Kalra, David K. Lewis, Stephanie R. Singer, Anuradha S. Raghavan, John E. Baldwin, B. Andes Hess, Jr.;Thermal Unimolecular Elimination of Water from tert-Butyl Alcohol: Deuterium Kinetic Isotope Effects, Transition Structure, Reaction Path, and Mechanism , J. Phys. Chem A, 2004, Vol 109, 11554-11558.

Bansi L. Kalra , David K. Lewis; Kinetics of the Thermal Isomerization of 1,1-Dimethylcyclopropane, Int. J. Chem. Kinet., 2001, 33, 853-858.

David K. Lewis, David A. Glenar, Steven Hughes, Bansi L. Kalra, Jessica Schlier, Rajesh Shukla, and John E. Baldwin, Stereochemistry of the Thermal Retro-Diels-Alder Reactions of cis,exo-5,6-d2-Bicyclo[2.2.1]hept-2-ene, cis-4,5-d2-Cyclohexene, and cis,exo-5,6-d2-Bicyclo-[2.2.2]oct-2-ene, J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 2001, 123, 996-997.

J. Y.  Cho '98*, D. K.  Lewis, and B. L.  Kalra; Kinetics of the Thermal  Isomerization of Methylcyclopropane, J. Phys. Chem.,  1999, Vol 103,362-364.

David K. Lewis, Donald J. Charney, Bansi L. Kalra, Ann-Marie Plate, and M. Heather Woodard; Kinetics of the Thermal Isomerizations of Vinylcyclopropane and Vinylcyclobutane , J. Phys. Chem, 1997, Vol 101, 4097-5102.

Bansi L. Kalra, Yau Afriyie, Benjamin Brandt & David K. Lewis ; and John E. Baldwin; Kinetics of Thermal Isomerizations of Gaseous Cycloheptene and Cyclooctene Jour. Phys. Chem., 1995, Vol 99, 8142-1846.

Bansi L. Kalra, Kimber G. Clark and David K. Lewis; Preference for Structural versus Geometric Isomerization in BCl‹- Catalyzed Thermal Isomerizations of Gaseous 1,2-Dimethylcyclopropane. Jour. Phys. Chem., 1988, Vol 92, 263.

David K. Lewis, David A. Glenar, Bansi L. Kalra, John E. Baldwin, and Steven J. Cianciosi; Temperature- Dependent Geometric Isomerization Versus Fragmentation of 1,2- Dideuteriocyclobutane. J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 1987, Vol. 109, 7225.

D. K. Lewis et al and B. L. Kalra; Rates of Reactions of Cyclopropane, Cyclobutane, Cyclopentene and Cyclohexene in the Presence of Boron Trichloride.  J. Phys. Chem., 1984, Vol  88, 4112.

B. L. Kalra, S. A. Feinstein and D. K. Lewis; Pyrolysis of Cyclopentane behind Reflected Shock Waves. Can. Jour. Chem., 1979, Vol. 57, 1324.

A. R. Knight and B. L. Kalra; Nature of the Interaction of Natural Gas Odorants with Poly(vinylchloride). I and EC  Product Research and Development,  1978, Vol 17, 264.

B. L. Kalra and A. R. Knight; Photosensitization of Cd(3P1) atoms. III. Gas Phase Decomposition of Cyclopentane. Can. Jour. Chem., 1976, Vol 54, 77.

B. L. Kalra and A. R. Knight; Photosensitization of Cd(3P1) atoms. II. Gas Phase Decomposition of Cyclohexane. Can. Jour. Chem., 1972, Vol 50, 2010.

B. L. Kalra and A. R. Knight; Photosensitization of Cd(3P1) atoms. I. Gas Phase Decomposition of Acetone. Can. Jour. Chem., 1970, Vol 48, 1333.

B. R. Puri, B. L. Kalra and K. C. Sehgal; Interaction of Charcoal with Chlorine Water: Part III.  Simultaneous Chemisorption of Oxygen and Chlorine. Jour. Indian Chem. Soc. 1968, Vol 45, 597.

R. P. Steer, B. L. Kalra and A. R. Knight; Reactions of Thiyl Radicals. I. Methylthiyl Recombination and Thionitrite Formation in the Photolysis of Methanethiol. Jour. Phys.Chem.  1967, Vol 71, 783.

            * Hollins Students

Latest  Presentations:

Bansi L. Kalra  (Presenter) and David K. Lewis  "Kinetics of the Thermal Isomerizations of (CH3)n- Cyclopropanes: Methyl-, 1,1-Dimethyl-, 1,1,2-Trimethyl- and 1,1,2,2-Tetramethyl-Cyclopropane" Sixth International Conference on Chemical Kinetics, held at National Institute of Standards and Technology(NIST), July 25-29, 2005

David K. Lewis (Presenter), Bansi Kalra, Stephanie R. Singer, Anuradha S. Raghavan, John E. Baldwin and B. Andes Hess, Jr  "Thermal Unimolecular Elimination of Water from tert-Butyl Alcohol:Deuterium Kinetic Isotope Effects,Transition Structure, Reaction Path, and Mechanism" Sixth International Conference on Chemical Kinetics, held at National Institute of Standards and Technology(NIST), July 25-29, 2005

Denise A. Lee (Presenter), Kathleen Halligan, Bansi L. Kalra, David K. Lewis, Kinetic study of cyclopentadiene dimerization: Physical/instrumental chemistry laboratory experiment,  229th National meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), March 13-17, 2005, San Diego, CA

Justine D. Miller (Presenter), Bansi L. Kalra, David K. Lewis Kinetic study of the gas phase thermal isomerizations of 1,1,2-trimethylcyclopropane, 229th National meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), March 13-17, 2005, San Diego, CA

Vesper Hubbard* '07, Dorcas Mudzingwa* '07 (Presenters), Bansi L. Kalra, David K. Lewis Thermal isomerization of and HX elimination from hydrochlorofluoro-ethanes and propanes:, 229th National Meeting of ACS March 13-17, 2005, San Diego, CA

Vesper Hubbard '07* and Dorcas Mudzingwa '07* (presenters),Bansi L. Kalra "Kinetics of Thermal Isomerization of and HX Elimination from Hydrochlofluoro-Ethanes and Propanes" Sixth Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of Undergraduate Scholarship, Sweet Briar College, Lynchburg, VA, 30 November 2004

Publications with Hollins Students as co-authors:

David K. Lewis, Timothy Gray, Vlad Katsva, Kyle Parcella and Jessica Schlier, and Bansi L. Kalra, Janet Cho '98* and Debra Mish '01*; Kinetics of the Thermal Isomerization of 1,1,2,2-Tetramethylcyclopropane, Int. J. Chem. Kinet., 2006, 38, 483-488.

*J. Y.  Cho '98, D. K.  Lewis, and B. L.  Kalra; Kinetics of the Thermal  Isomerization of Methylcyclopropane, J. Phys. Chem.,  1999, Vol 103,362-364.

*Hollins Students

Presentations involving Hollins Students:

Vesper Hubbard '07*, Dorcas Mudzingwa '07* (Presenters), Bansi L. Kalra, David K. Lewis. "Thermal isomerization of and HX elimination from hydrochlorofluoro-ethanes and propanes," 229th National Meeting of ACS March 13-17, 2005, San Diego, CA

Vesper Hubbard '07* and Dorcas Mudzingwa '07* (presenters),Bansi L. Kalra, "Kinetics of Thermal Isomerization of and HX Elimination from Hydrochlofluoro-Ethanes and Propanes." 229th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society at San Diego, CA March 13-17, 2005. Also Presented at Sixth Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of Undergraduate Scholarship, Sweet Briar College, Lynchburg, VA, 30 November 2004        

Bansi L. Kalra (presenter), Janet Cho '98*, Debra Mish '01*, David K. Lewis, Jessica Schlier, Steven M. Hughes, Kevin Wilkinson, Sara Wilkinson, "Kinetics of the Thermal Isomerization of 1,1,2- trimethyl- and 1,1,2,2-tetramethyl-Cyclopropane," 5th International Conference on Chemical Kinetics, NIST, Gaithersberg, MD, 16-20 July, 2001

Bansi L. Kalra(presenter), David K. Lewis, Janet Cho '98*, Jessica Schlier, Steven Hughes, Debra Mish '01*, Kevin Wilkinson and Sara Wilkinson, "Kinetics of the Thermal Isomerization of 1, 1, 2-Trimethyl and 1, 1, 2, 2- tetramethyl-cyclopropane," 221st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, San Diego, CA, 1-5 April 2001.

Jessica Schlier (presenter), Janet Cho '98*, Steven Hughes, Vlad Katsva, Debra Mish '01*, Bansi L. Kalra, and David K. Lewis. "Kinetics of the Thermal Isomerization of 1,1,2,2-Tetramethylcyclopropane," 221st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, San Diego, CA, 1-5 April 2001.

*Hollins Students

Other  Professional Activities:

Founder (1997) and Faculty Advisor (1997-present ), Proceedings of the Hollins University Science Seminar.

CUR Liaison (1998- present)

Faculty Advisor, Dual Degree Program in Engineering (1998- present)

Faculty Reader, the Advanced Placement Reading (Chemistry )  (1992-present)