Eugene Grimley, III

Professor of Chemistry
McMichael Science Building 305
2625 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
grimley@elon.edu (336) 278-6222

Brief Biography

Dr. Grimley received his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from  the University of Iowa (1971) working with Professor Gilbert Gordon (dissertation: A Kinetic and Product Study of the Reaction of Phenol with Chlorine Oxidants and of Uranium (IV) with Chlorine (III) in the Presence of Phenol) and the B.A. degree from Olivet College (1963). He taught at Mississippi State University (1970-1987) and Ohio State University (1984) before coming to Elon. Gene is currently serving a four year term as President of Phi Lambda Upsilon, the national chemistry honor society. He is a life long member of the American Chemical Society and previously served as the the President of the Mississippi Section of the American Chemical Society.  He is also a member Sigma Xi, the national chemistry research society, and the North Carolina Academy of Science.

Dr. Grimley's research involves the synthesis, characterization and substitution reactions of platinum complexes with C-60 (buckminsterfullerenes). The monoplatinum complex and diplatinum complex were synthesized in 1995. Dr. Grimley also has worked on the synthesis of substituted organophosphines and organoarsines with application to structure-NMR correlations. Most recently Dr. Grimley has initiated a new project involving the analysis of carbohydrates and trace aroma/flavor components in several varieties of American honeys (poplar and sourwood). He continues to investigate the chemistry of aqueous chlorine species using special instruments to investigate very fast reactions.

Dr. Grimley has been a co-author of several versions of the ACS First-Semester General Chemistry Exam; Some of his other publication credits include:
Synthesis and P-31 NMR Studies of Five-Coordinate Nickel (II) Complexes of the New Ligand tris(o-(dimethylarsino)phenyl)phosphine  E. Grimley & D. W. Meek, Inorg. Chem. (1986) 25, 2049.


Development of Cooperative University Education at Mississippi State University  E. Grimley, L. L. Combs, & C. U. Pittman, J. Chem. Ed. (1986) 63, 235.

Chemistry Area: Inorganic Chemistry

  • Chemical Fingerprinting of Honey –Flavonoids, polyphenolic compounds found in honey, specifically honey indigenous to the Piedmont sections of North Carolina and Virginia, are isolated and identified. The quantity and type of flavonoids found are specifically traceable to the nectary available to honey bees and provide the chemical fingerprint of honey. The flavanoids are extracted from honey samples, separated by High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), and identified by electrospray mass spectrometry (MS), and spectro-chemical methods. {F. Ferreres, et al. J Sci. Food Agric 56 1991, 49-56.}

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