Karl J. Feierabend

Karl Feierabend

Associate Professor - Chemistry [On Leave 2018-2019]

Office: Severance 214
Phone: 330-263-2613
Email: kfeierabend@wooster.edu


  • B.S., Furman University 2001
  • Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder 2006

Areas of Research

  • Photooxidation of Multi-functional Organic Compounds Relevant to Atmospheric Aerosols
  • Thermodynamics of Solution-Phase H-π Bonding

Courses Taught

  • IDPT 101: First Year Seminars in Critical Inquiry
  • CHEM 111: Introductory Chemistry
  • CHEM 112: Principles of Chemistry
  • CHEM 216: Environmental Chemistry
  • CHEM 318: Physical Chemistry I
  • CHEM 319: Physical Chemistry II
  • CHEM 401: Introduction to Independent Study

I.S. Projects

  • Rachelle Herrin (2015):  The Effects of pH on the Hydroxyl Radical Reaction with Aqueous Malonic Acid
  • Meredith Schervish (2015):  XH-π Bonding in Systems of Indole and Benzene using IBBCEAS and a Bioinformatics Analysis of Protein Secondary Structure using Graph Theory
  • Lauren Fleming (2014): The Fate of the Formic Acid Radical:  A Kinetic Investigation of the Reaction Between Oxalic Acid and the Hydroxyl Radical
  • Sarah Laper (2014): Creation of a Mathematical Model and Investigation of the Kinetics of the Reaction Between the Oxalic Acid Species and the Hydroxyl Radical
  • Rebecca Craig (2013):  Kinetics and Mechanism of the Reaction Between Oxalic Acid Species and Hydroxyl Radical
  • Mary Nappi (2013): The Kinetics of the Reaction of Tartronic Acid with the Hydroxyl Radical
  • Erica Villa (2013): The Ultraviolet Photochemistry of Aqueous Oxalate Species

Awards and Professional Memberships

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)

Grants Awarded

  • Single-Investigator Cottrell College Science Award, Research Corporation for Science Advancement, 2011-2014
  • William H. Wilson Awards, 2010-2014
  • Ralston Endowment Fund for Faculty Development, 2009
  • NASA Earth Systems Science Fellowship, 2002-2005


  • Kuen, D, Feierabend KJ, Cavity-enhanced overtone spectroscopy of methanol in aprotic solvents: probing solute-solvent interactions and self-associative behavior, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 118 (16): 2942-2951 April 2014
  • Talukdar, RK, Zhu L, Feierabend KJ, Burkholder JB, Rate coefficients for the reaction of methylglyoxal (CH3COCHO) with OH and NO3 and glyoxal (HCO)2 with NO3, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 11: 10837-10851 November 2011
  • Bassandorj, M, Feierabend, KJ, Burkholder JB, Rate coefficients and ClO radical yields in the reaction of O(1D) with CClF2CFCl2, CCl3CF3, CClF2CClF2, and CCl2FCF3, International Journal of Chemical Kinetics, 43(8): 393-401 August 2011
  • Papanastasiou, DK, Feierabend KJ, Burkholder JB, Cl2O photochemistry: UV/vis absorption spectrum temperature dependence and O(3P) quantum yield at 193 and 248 nm, Journal of Chemical Physics, 134: #204310 May 2011
  • Feierabend, KJ, Papanastasiou DK, Burkholder JB, ClO radical yields in the reaction of O(1D) with Cl2, HCl, chloromethanes, and chlorofluoromethanes, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 114 (45): 12052-12061 October 2010