Robert R. Dewald (1936-2016)
1965-2012 Professor of Chemistry



Post Doctoral Fellow, 1961-63, Max-Planck-Institut fur Physikalische Chemie
Ph.D., 1963, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
B.S., 1958, Central Michigan College, Mount Pleasant, MI


Research Interests


Physical Chemistry.  Prof. Dewald's research interests were in the area reduction rates for both organic and inorganic reactions using dilute metal ammonia solutions as sources of solvated electrons. The reactions are such that their mechanisms have general application in a variety of cathodic electrochemical and dissolved metal processes. He was particularly interested in the role of the metal cation in these reductions.  He also investigated the chemistry of the anions of the alkali metals. Metal anions are expected to be strong bases by virtue of their electron pairs and their chemical behavior should resemble that of the hydride ion. Prof. Dewald found that sodium dissolves in 1,4,7,10 tetraoxacyclodeodecanes, forming stable and highly concentrated blue metal anion solutions. These solutions were key to the chemistry of the alkali metal anions.


Selected Recent Publications

Kinetics and Mechanism of the Sodium-Ammonia Reduction of 2,2,4,4-Tetramethyl-3-Pentanone, W. M. Song and R. R. Dewald, J. Chem. Soc., Faraday Trans. II, 1989, 269.

A Kinetic Study of the Reductive Cleavage of Diphenyl Ether by Sodium in Liquid Ammonia,
R. R. Dewald, N. J. Conlon, and W. M. Song, J. Organic Chem., 1989, 261.

Kinetic Study of the Reduction of Trimethyl Phosphate, Triethyl Phosphate, and Tributyl Phosphate by Sodium in Liquid Ammonia, D. C. Isbell and R. R. Dewald, J. Phys. Chem., 1987, 91, 6695.

Kinetics of the Sodium-Ammonia Reduction of 3-Octyne, R. R. Dewald, C. J. Ekstein, and W. M. Song, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1987, 109, 6921.

Hydrogen Production from the Reaction of Solvated Electrons with Benzene in Water-Ammonia Mixtures, R. R. Dewald, S.R. Jones, and B.S. Schwartz,  J. Phys. Chem., 1980, 84, 3272.


Additional publications HERE.