Dr. Porter has enjoyed teaching chemistry at Wabash since 2003. He was born in Houston, Texas and earned his B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Houston, having pursued undergraduate research with Professor T. R. Lee. After receiving a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in 1999, he studied with Professor Jillian M. Buriak at Purdue University and earned his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry. Currently, Dr. Porter’s research focuses on materials chemistry with an emphasis on organic monolayer formation reactions on important substrates, such as silicon, germanium, and gallium arsenide.
Dr. Porter teaches a variety of courses, ranging from introductory and advanced chemistry to freshman tutorial and senior colloquium. In addition to teaching, he enjoys working with students in his research laboratory exploring nanotechnology and inorganic materials chemistry. Together, they work on developing exotic new materials for electronics fabrication, medical sensors/drug delivery, and other high-tech applications. His most recent work has led him to establish the Wabash College 3D Printing & Fabrication Center (3D-PFC). Here, he works with students, faculty, and alumni on various projects across several subjects. In his spare time he enjoys watching films, reading science fiction, and playing video and tabletop games. Dr. Porter loves his role as the faculty advisor to the Wabash Dork Club, the campus gaming club. He enjoys living two blocks from campus with his wife and furry, four-footed pets (a mutt dog and four cats, all adopted strays or from the shelter).
Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry, Purdue University, 2003
B.S. in Chemistry, University of Houston, 1999
CHE 101 — Survey of Chemistry
CHE 102 — Forensic Chemistry
CHE 111 — General Chemistry
CHE 211 — Structure and Reactivity
CHE/PHY 302 — Electron Microscopy
CHE 441 — Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
CHE 471 — Materials Chemistry
Instrument Design Challenges for Engaging Active Learners in the Analytical Chemistry Lab: Introducing CAD and 3D Printing into the Analytical Curriculum, Lon A. Porter, Jr., oral presentation, Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE), Greeley, CO (2016).
User-Friendly Digital Models for Chemical Educators: 3D Printable Resources for Student Exploration of Instrument Design and Performance, Lon A. Porter, Jr., poster presentation, Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE), Greeley, CO (2016).
Active Learning and Student Engagement via 3D Printing and Design: Integrating Undergraduate Research, Service Learning, and Cross-Disciplinary Collaborations, Lon A. Porter, Jr., poster presentation, Materials Research Society (MRS) National Meeting, Boston, MA (2016).
Gaining STEAM: Establishing a Campus 3D Printing and Fabrication Center to Explore Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration and Innovation in STEM and the Liberal Arts, Lon A. Porter, Jr., oral presentation, American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting, San Diego, CA (2016). & Invited Sci-Mix Poster
YouTube Chemistry: Online Problem Solving Walkthroughs as Supplemental Learning Tools, Lon A. Porter, Jr., oral presentation, American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting, Indianapolis, IN (2013).
Alkyl-functionalization of Porous Silicon via Multimode Microwave-Assisted Hydrosilylation: Results of an Undergraduate Research Program Exploring Inorganic Materials Chemistry, Lon A. Porter, Jr., oral presentation, American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT (2009).
Connecting Kids, Chemistry, and the Community: An Innovative Outreach Collaboration with College Mentors with Kids, Lon A. Porter, Jr., oral presentation, American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT (2009).
(* indicates undergraduate co-author)
User Friendly Printed Colorimeter Models for Student Exploration of Instrument Design and Performance, Lon A. Porter, Jr., Benjamin M. Washer*, Mazin H. Hakim*, and Richard F. Dallinger, J. Chem. Educ., 93, 1305 (2016).
Alkyl-Functionalization of Porous Silicon via Multimode Microwave-Assisted Hydrosilylation, Jasper C. Small*, Hieu Minh Dam*, Jason L. Siegel*, Anton J. Crepinsek*, Taylor A. Neal*, Austin A. Althoff*, Nathan S. Line*, and Lon A. Porter, Jr., Polyhedron, 114, 225 (2016).
Formal NSF Styled Proposal Writing in Preparation for Original Multi-Week Laboratory Projects, VIPEr (Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource); (2010).
Functionalized Porous Silicon in a Simulated Gastrointestinal Tract: Modeling the Biocompatibility of a Monolayer Protected Nanostructured Material, Daniel S. Albrecht*, Jacob T. Lee*, Nick Molby*, Steven D. Rhodes*, Hieu Minh Dam*, Jason L. Siegel*, and Lon A. Porter, Jr., Materials Research Society (MRS) Symposium Proceedings, Volume 1063, OO06-01 (2008).
Introductory Nanoscience and Nanotechnology for Undergraduates: A Liberal Arts Approach, Lon A. Porter, Jr., in Nanoscale Science and Engineering Education: Issues, Trends and Future Directions, edited by Sudipta Seal and Aldrin E. Sweeney, (American Scientific, New York, 2008). –Invited
Chemical Nanotechnology: A Liberal Arts Approach toward a Basic Course in Emerging Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Lon A. Porter, Jr., J. Chem. Educ., 84, 259 (2007).
Nanotechnology and the Future of Bioanalytical Methods, Lon A. Porter, Jr., in Immunoassay and Other Bioanalytical Techniques, edited by Jeanette van Emon, (Taylor & Francis, Boca Raton, 2007). –Invited
Ball Brothers Foundation Venture Fund – Independent Colleges of Indiana, Grant (BBVFG5) – 2015
American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, Type GB Grant (44993-GB5) – 2006
Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Start-up Award (SU-03-041) – 2003
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
Indiana Instrumentation Institute (III) Graduate Research Fellowship
University of Houston, Natural Sciences and Mathematics Alumni Association's Distinguished Young Alum – 2000
Honored with Wabash's top teaching honor in 2016: McLain-McTurnan-Arnold Excellence in Teaching Award
Founder and current Director of the Wabash College 3D-Printing & Fabrication Center
Porter discusses chemistry, 3D printing, super heros, and science fiction.
Dr. Porter's YouTube Channel for 3D printing, video answer keys, etc.
Feature in Wabash Magazine, Spring 2015
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