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Faculty - Dr. Alice Bruce

Alice E. Bruce
Associate Professor

B.S. Chemistry, Antioch College, 1977
Ph.D. Chemistry, Columbia University, 1985

271 Aubert Hall/154 Aubert Hall
Fax: 207-581-1191

Brief Academic History
Alice Bruce earned her B.S. in Chemistry from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Antioch is well known for its coop program wherein students alternate semesters on campus with jobs anywhere in the country that are relevant to their majors. Alice held coop positions in a gastroenterology lab at Kansas University Medical School, a chemistry research lab at the University of Iowa in Iowa City and at the Kettering Research Lab in Yellow Springs, Ohio. At Kettering she worked in Dr. Ed Stiefel’s laboratory where she synthesized and characterized molybdenum-sulfur compounds that were investigated as early models of molybdenum centers in nitrogenase. Alice went on to earn her Ph.D. from Columbia University in NYC where she did her thesis research in the field of inorganic photochemistry under the direction of Professor David Tyler. After earning her Ph.D. in 1985, Alice spent two years as a postdoc in Professor Joseph Templeton’s lab at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where she synthesized tungsten carbene and carbyne complexes. She was also an instructor in the Evening College program at UNC where she taught general chemistry to nontraditional students. Alice moved to Maine in the summer of 1987 to start her appointment as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Maine. She was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 1993 and in 2006, she was appointed Interim Chair, followed by appointment as Chair of the Department in 2008.

Alice teaches introductory chemistry (CHY 121 and CHY 122) and upper level undergraduate and graduate courses in inorganic and organometallic chemistry, including Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (CHY 461), Organometallic Chemistry (CHY 462/562), Advanced Integrated Lab (CHY 491), Physical Methods in Inorganic Chemistry (CHY 560) and Seminar in Inorganic Chemistry (CHY 661).

Alice’s research, in collaboration with Professor Mitchell Bruce, is focused primarily on three areas:

Alice is also collaborating with Professors Mitchell Bruce and François Amar on developing active learning strategies in the general chemistry laboratory.

Here is a picture of some of the students working in our lab the summer of 2009.

Representative Publications

Hamid, A. A.; Tripp, C. T.; Bruce, A. E.; Bruce, M. R. M. “Mercury, Cadmium, and Lead Chelation to meso-2,3-Dimercaptosuccinic Acid Covalently Attached to Silica Gel via Amide Bond Linkages.” J. Coordination Chem., 63, 2010, 731-741.

Dyadchenko, V. P.; Belov, N. M.; Lemenovskii, D. A.; Antipin, M. Yu.; K.A. Lyssenko, K. A.; Bruce, A. E.; Bruce, M. R. M. “Synthesis, crystal and molecular structure of gold(I) thiophenolate with 4’-ferrocenyl[1,1’]biphenylisocyanides.” J. Organomet. Chem., 2010, 695, 304-309.

Bessey, S.; Aghamoosa, M.; Garusinghe, G. S. P.; Chandrasoma, A.; Bruce, A. E. and Bruce, M. R. M. “The Synthesis of Triethylphosphine Gold(I) 4-Nitrobenzenethiolate and Solvent Dependent Visible Absorption Spectra of 4-Nitrobenzenethiolate.” Inorganica Chimica Acta, 2010, 363(1), 279-282.

Oussama, E.; Gonser, M. W. A.; Stewart, B. N.; Bruce, A. E.; Bruce, M. R. M.; Cundar, T. R.; Omary, M. A. “Luminescence, Structural, and Bonding Trends upon Varying the Halogen in Isostructural Aurophilic Dimers” Journal of the Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions, 2009, 9, 1522-1533.

Foley, J.; Gay, S.; Vela, M.; Foxman, B.; Bruce, A.; Bruce, M. “Structure and Photochemical Isomerization of the Dinuclear Gold(I) Halide Bis(diphenylphosphino)-ethylene Complexes; Correlation Between Quantum Yield and Aurophilicity” European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry 2007, 31, 946-4951.


Makarov, M. V.; Lemenovskii, D. A.; Bruce, A. E.; Bruce, M. R. M.; Dyadchenko, V. P. “Thermotropic Liquid Crystals Based on Ferrocenylbiphenyl and Ferrocenylterphenyl” Liquid Crystals, 2006, 33, 485-494.

Chen, J.; Mohamed, A. A.; Abdou, H. A.; Krause Bauer, J. A.; Fackler, Jr., J. P.; Bruce, A. E.; Bruce, M. R. M. “Novel Metallamacrocyclic Gold(I) Thiolate Cluster Complex: Structure and Luminescence of [Au9(µ-dppm)4(µ-p-tc)6](PF6)3J. Chem. Soc. Chem. Commun. 2005, 1575-1577.

Larkin, S.; Krause Bauer, J. A.; Konoplev, V.; Dyadchenko,V.; Lemenovskii, D.; Bruce, M, R. M.; Bruce, A. E. “µ-Biphenyl-2,2′-dithiolato- k2S:S’-bis[(triphenylphosphine- kP)gold(I)]” Acta Crystallographica, Section C: Crystal Structure Communications, 2004, C60(9) , m440-m442.


Mohamed, A. A.; Krause Bauer, J. A.; Bruce, A. E.; Bruce, M. R. M. “[m-o-Phenylenebis(diphenylphosphine)-k2P:P']bis[chlorogold(I)], dppbz(AuCl)2.” Acta Crystallographica, Section C: Crystal Structure Communications, 2003, C59(3),  m84-m86.

Mohamed, A. A.; Chen, J.; Bruce, A. E.; Bruce, M. R. M.; Krause Bauer, J. A.; Hill, D. T.  “Formation of a Cationic Gold(I) Complex and Disulfide by Oxidation of the Antiarthritic Gold Drug Auranofin.” Inorganic Chemistry, 2003, 42(7), 2203-2205.

Lemenovskii, D. A.; Makarov, M. V.; Dyadchenko, V. P.; Bruce, A. E.; Bruce, M. R. M.; Larkin, S.; Averkiev, B. B.; Starikova, Z. A.; Antipin, M. Yu. “Ferrocenyl Derivatives of Biphenyl. Synthesis and Crystal Structure.” Russian Chemical Bulletin, 2003, 3.

Mohamed, A. A.; Abdou, H. E.; Chen, J.; Krause Bauer, J. A.; Bruce, A. E.; Bruce, M. R. M. “Perspectives in Inorganic and Bioinorganic Gold Sulfur Chemistry.” Comments on Inorganic Chemistry, 2002, 23(5), 321-334.


Chadwick, S.; Englich, U.; Ruhlandt-Senge, K.; Watson, C. Bruce, A.E.; Bruce, M.R.M.” Formation of Separated versus Contact Ion-Pairs in Alkali Thiolates and Selenolates”, Journal of the Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions, 2000, 2167-2173.

Chen, J.; Jiang, T.; Wei, G.; Mohamed, A.A.; Homrighausen, C.; Krause Bauer, J.A.; Bruce, A.E.; Bruce, M.R.M. “Electrochemical and Chemical Oxidation of Gold(I) Thiolate Phosphine Complexes: Formation of Gold Clusters and Disulfide”, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 1999, 121, 9225.

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Department of Chemistry
156 Aubert Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207)-581-1169 | Fax: (207)-581-1191
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Orono, Maine 04469
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