Ray Shively

Chair, Chemistry Department
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University

Raymond Shively

Ray ShivelyChair, Chemistry Department
Professor of Chemistry

Ph.D. in Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University


(440) 826-2487, rshively@bw.edu

Dr. Raymond Shively received both his B.S. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University.  His Ph.D. was done in the area of organometallic chemistry under the direction of Anthony Pearson.  Prior to joining the faculty at BW in 2006, he was an associate professor of chemistry at Wilson College.  Shively teaches inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and general chemistry in addition to serving as the chemistry department chair.  He also teaches a course on the art and science of food for the honors program that combines his interest in cooking with his scientific background.

Shively maintains an active research group broadly focused in the area of synthetic chemistry.  Currently, students are working on three different projects in the areas of organic, inorganic and organometallic chemistry with applications to environmental and medicinal chemistry.  One project involves the synthesis of ionic liquids with reduced toxicity to aquatic organisms.  He also is developing new methodologies to synthesize polycyclic molecules using organo-iron chemistry.  In a project done in collaboration with Dr. Diana Barko, his students are preparing metal complexes that stabilize the G-quadruplex structure of DNA, the ultimate goal of their application being a chemotherapeutic agent.  His former students, many of whom have gone on to doctoral programs, have presented their work at local and national meetings of the American Chemical Society. 


The iron-mediated cyclocarbonylation of alpha, omega-diynes