William H Ojala portrait

William H Ojala

Associate Professor
B.S. College of Great Falls
Ph.D. University of Minnesota
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(651) 962-5585
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Professional Interests

Research conducted by Dr. Ojala and his students is focused on the organic solid state, aiming for a more complete understanding of the structures and reactivities of crystalline organic compounds.  Using single-crystal X-ray diffraction, Dr. Ojala and his students determine the crystal structures of a variety of organic compounds to examine the role of intermolecular interactions such as hydrogen bonding, halogen bonding, and Lewis acid-base interactions in defining the solid-state molecular packing arrangement and, in applicable cases, the solid-state reactivity.  Data sets are collected in the X-ray Crystallographic Laboratory of the University of Minnesota Chemistry Department, and the crystal structures are solved, refined, and analyzed by students of Dr. Ojala in his laboratory at the University of St. Thomas.  Research topics currently pursued by the Ojala group include polymorphism, isostructuralism, and solid-state phase transitions; compounds currently under study include nitrile oxides, monosaccharide derivatives, and “bridge-flipped” isomeric benzylideneanilines and phenylhydrazones. 

If you are interested in joining the research group, contact Dr. Ojala.

Summer 2017 Courses

Summer 2017 Courses
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Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
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CHEM 201 - 04 Organic Chemistry I M - W - - - - 1740 - 1930 OWS 251
CRN: 40551 4 Credit Hours Instructor: William H. Ojala Study of the various families of organic compounds. Emphasis is placed on structure determination, reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry and spectroscopy in addition to a survey of various reaction types. An introduction to biochemical topics is included. Lecture plus four laboratory hours per week. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in CHEM 112 or 115

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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