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Meet the Faculty

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James B. White

Professor of Chemistry

Division: Natural Science Division
Office: Rockwell Academic Center (RAC) 130
Phone: (310) 506-4832
E-mail: james.white@pepperdine.edu

  • Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin, 1983
  • B.S., Chemistry, UCLA, 1978


  • Organic Chemistry I and II (CHEM 310 and CHEM 311)
  • Organic Chemistry I and II Lab (CHEM 310L and CHEM 311L)
  • Organic Chemistry I and II Prelab Lecture (CHEM 310P and CHEM 311P)
  • Bioorganic Chemistry (CHEM 430)

Key Awards/Affiliations:

  • American Chemical Society, Organic Division
  • Sigma Xi
  • Phi Eta Sigma (UCLA)
  • Felllow of the Welch Foundation (The University of Texas at Austin)
  • University Fellowship (The University of Texas at Austin)
  • National Research Service Award, NIH, Institute of General Medical Sciences (Harvard University)

Academic Interests:

  • Organic synthesis and the development of new synthetic methodologies, including
  • Synthesis of disubstituted cycloalkanones
  • Ring-closing metathesis to make medium-sized rings
  • Transannular cyclizations of medium-sized rings

Selected Works:

  • Curton, Nicholas; Ornelas, Joel; Uhrinak, Abby; Rhem, Brittany; Coutler, Jess; Zhang, Joe; Joyner, Matthew. P.*; and White, James. B. "Synthesis of 5-Cyclodecenones via RCM and a Three-Pot Sequence for Bisannulation", Tetrahedron Letters 2016, 57, 4061-4065.