William H Ojala portrait

William H Ojala

Associate Professor
Degree
B.S. College of Great Falls
Ph.D. University of Minnesota
Office
OWS 456
Phone
(651) 962-5585
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5585
Fax
2-5209
Mail
OSS 402

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 their solid-state molecular packing arrangements and, in applicable cases, their solid-state chemistry.  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 benzonitrile oxides, monosaccharide derivatives, and “bridge-flipped” isomeric benzylideneanilines and phenylhydrazones. 

If you are interested in joining the research group, contact Dr. Ojala at whojala@stthomas.edu.

Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CHEM 202 - 03 Organic Chemistry II M - W - - - - 1740 - 1930 OWS 275

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1740 - 1930

Location:

OWS 275

Course Registration Number:

20034 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

William H. Ojala

Continuation of CHEM 201. Offered spring semester. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in CHEM 201

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
CHEM 340 - 01 Organic Spectroscopy M - W - - - - 1215 - 1320 OWS 251

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

OWS 251

Course Registration Number:

20044 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

2 Credit Hours

Instructor:

William H. Ojala

A more detailed study of various spectroscopic methods, especially as they are employed to determine structures of organic molecules. Coverage includes H-1, F-19, and C-13 NMR, mass spectrometry, ultraviolet and visible and infrared spectroscopies. Offered spring semester. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in CHEM 202

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Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CHEM 201 - 04 Organic Chemistry I M - W - - - - 1740 - 1930 OWS 251

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1740 - 1930

Location:

OWS 251

Course Registration Number:

40564 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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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