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Seth Elsheimer

Associate Professor, Associate Department Chair
Department of Chemistry
University of Central Florida
United States of America


EDUCATION Postdoc, University of California - San Diego 1984-85 Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Florida 1984 B.S., Chemistry, Florida Atlantic University 1978 A.A., Broward Community College 1976 HONORS AND AWARDS Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching College of Science, University of Central Florida, 2007 Excellence in Teaching: 1989, 1994, 1997, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Central Florida. Named "Outstanding Chemistry Teacher at a 4-Year College or University" by the American Chemical Society, Orlando Section, 1992 and 1997 Teaching Incentive Program Award 1993, 1996, 2003, 2009, 2015 Listed in "Who's Who in America" and "Who's Who in Science and Engineering" First Place Student Paper, Organic/Polymer/Biochemistry Division 36th Annual Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Florida Section. 1983. Best Student Paper in Organic Chemistry, American Chemical Society Florida Section Meeting-in-Miniature. 1981. Phi Kappa Phi Scholastic Honor Society Florida Atlantic University. 1976-77. Phi Theta Kappa Scholastic Honor Society Scholarship Award Florida Atlantic University. 1976-77. Graduated with Highest Honors Broward Community College. 1976. Math & Science Divisional Honors Waiver of Fees Broward Community College. 1975-76. Phi Theta Kappa Scholastic Honor Society Vice President of BCC-Central Chapter. 1975-76.  

Research Interest

Our research group is studying a variety of pure and applied topics. We are particularly interested in, but not limited to, organic molecules that contain fluorine. These fascinating compounds are almost non-existent in nature and therefore the work is based on an entirely synthetic branch of organic chemistry. Several aspects of substituent effects, reaction mechanisms, and synthesis are under investigation.


  • “Difluorodiiodomethane: Its Preparation, Properties, and Free-Radical Reactions”, S. Elsheimer, W.R. Dolbier, Jr., M. Murla, K. Seppelt, G. Paprott, J. Org. Chem. 1984, 49, 205.

  • “Thermal Isomerizations of Fluorinated Spiropentanes”, W.R. Dolbier, Jr., S.F. Sellers, B.H. Al-Sader, T.H. Fielder, Jr., S. Elsheimer, B.E. Smart, Israel J. Chem. 1981, 21, 176.

  • “Thermal Rearrangement of 1,1-Difluorospiropentane”, W.R. Dolbier, Jr., S.F. Sellers, B.H. Al-Sader, S. Elsheimer, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1981, 103, 715.

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