• B.A., Kenyon College 1996 (physics minor)
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin 2001 with Robert J. McMahon
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, The California NanoSystems Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, 2002-2004, with J. Fraser Stoddart (2016 Nobel Laureate)
Areas of Interest
  • Solar energy conversion with electron donor-acceptor pairs
  • Supramolecular chemistry and photochemistry: porphyrins, calix[4]arenes, crown ethers, and azobenzene derivatives
  • Materials chemistry: formulation, response, and applications of swellable organically-modified silica (SOMS)
  • Light-emitting organic compounds: design of conjugated polymers, OLED device fabrication
Courses Taught
  • First Year Seminar (2022: Winning and Losing)
  • Chemistry 111: General Chemistry I
  • Chemistry 112: General Chemistry II
  • Chemistry 211: Organic Chemistry I
  • Chemistry 212: Organic Chemistry II
  • Chemistry 313: Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Chemistry 399: Advanced Organic Synthesis
  • Chemistry 401: Introduction to Independent Study
Independent Study Advising
  • Edwina Akonor (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology), Porphyrin-based Photosensitizing Agents: Comparative Study on The Effects of TPP-sesamol and TPP-zingerone on Saccharomyces cerevisiae Yeast Cells
  • Ferdawss Ihiri, Preparation of Porphyrin-PYBOX: A stepwise synthesis of functionalized diethynyl-bridged porphyrins for a potential application in solar energy conversion
  • Holly McAnlis, Synthesis and Photophysical Evaluation of Porphyrin-Natural Product Hybrids for Use in Photodynamic Therapy
  • Chloe Litts, Exploring the Three-Dimensional Structure of Calix[4]arene-capped Azobenzenes Using VT-NMR, NOESY, and Computational Methods
  • Bonvallet, P. A.; Lindner, J. A.; Corbin, B.; Crow, D.;  Reffner, R.;  Albon Riedl, T.;  Lehman, S. Y.; Edmiston, P. Modeling and measuring the absorption-induced expansion of swellable organically modified silica. AIP Advances 2020, 10, 065136.
  • Amburgey-Peters, J. C.; Bonvallet, P. A. “Spectroscopy First” for Interweaving and Scaffolded Learning in Organic Chemistry, In NMR Spectroscopy in the Undergraduate Curriculum: First Year and Organic Chemistry Courses Volume 2; Soulsby, D.; Anna, L. J.; Wallner, A. S., Eds.; ACS Symposium Series; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2016, pp 49-51. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/bk-2016-1221.ch004
  • Bonvallet, P. A. Detective work (book review of The Scientific Sherlock Holmes). Nature Chemistry 2013, 5, 441. https://www.nature.com/articles/nchem.1665
  • Bonvallet, P. A.; Amburgey-Peters, J. C. Data vs. Dogma: Introducing NMR Early in Organic Chemistry to Reinforce Key Concepts, In NMR Spectroscopy in the Undergraduate Curriculum; Soulsby, D., Ed.; ACS Symposium Series; American Chemical Society; Washington, DC, 2013. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/bk-2013-1128.ch003
  • Bonvallet, P. A.; Mullen, M. R.; Evans, P. J.; Stoltz, K. L.; Story, E. N. Improved functionality and control in the isomerization of a calix[4]arene-capped azobenzene. Tetrahedron Lett. 2011, 52, 1117-1120. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0040403911000104
  • Stewart, J.; McAnlis, H.; Steinke, S.; Turro, C.; Bonvallet, P. Photophysical Properties of Hybrid Porphyrin-Natural Product Compounds. 48th National Organic Symposium, South Bend, IN, July 2023.
  • Salmon, C.; Xue, Y.; Ramlo, S.; Bonvallet, P. Oral Examination of Structure and Function in Introductory Chemistry and Organic Chemistry Courses. Ohio PCAL Fall Regional Meeting (virtual), Oct 2022.
  • Schmidt, J.; Bonvallet, P. A. Methods for Calculating the Young’s Modulus for Compression of Swollen SOMS. Meeting of the Eastern Great Lakes Section of the American Physical Society, Southfield, MI, Oct 2022.
Professional Experience
  • Over 100 research projects supervised
  • Institutional reaccreditation steering committee
  • Teaching Staff & Tenure Committee
  • Chief Reader for AP Chemistry Program, 2017-2021
  • Department chair, 2016-2020
Professional Affiliations
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (former chapter president)
  • MRI: Acquisition of an NMR Spectrometer to Sustain Excellence in Undergraduate Research
  • REU Site: Cutting-Edge Science in a Close-Knit Community (with Department of Physics)
  • American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (2012-2017)
  • National Science Foundation Research Opportunity Award (2010-2011)