Chemistry Home



Lyle B. Peter Curriculum Vitae
Department of Chemistry
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle, WA 98119-1997
(206) 281-2103

1968-72 B.S., Chemistry, Seattle Pacific College
1972 (sum.) German, Universität Wien
1973-79 Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, University of Washington
1984 (sum.) Computational Chemistry, Indiana University Quantum Chemistry Program Exchange

1973-74 Teaching Assistant, University of Washington
1974-79 Pre-Doctoral Teach Associate, University of Washington
1976-79 Pre-Doctoral Instructor, University of Washington
Summers 1974-76 Research Assistant, Lawrence Berkeley Labor
University of California
1979-84 Assistant Professor, Seattle Pacific University
1984-89 Associate Professor, Seattle Pacific University
1988 Sabbatical Leave, Universität Heidelberg
1989-present Professor, Seattle Pacific University
1991-96; 1999-2002; 2003-present Department Chair, Seattle Pacific University

Courses have taught or currently teach on a regular or rotating basis.
Lower Division Courses:

Introduction to the Nature of Science (for non science majors, sometimes team taught, includes some of each, scientific method, history of science, philosophy of science, Newtonian physics, introductory chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, nuclear processes, thermodynamics and energy.),
Introductory Chemistry (lecture and lab) (for students with no previous chemistry experience),
General Chemistry (lecture and lab) (including descriptive inorganic chemistry and inorganic qualitative analysis),
General Chemistry Honors (lecture and lab)
Quantitative Analysis (lecture and lab) (including the statistical treatment of data, and the incorporation of computer spreadsheets).
Organic and Biochemistry Lab
Upper Division Courses:
  Quantitative and Instrumental Analysis (lecture and lab), (quantitative techniques in various electrochemical, spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques.)
Physical Chemistry (Quantum Chemistry, Spectroscopy, Atomic and Molecular Structure),
Physical Chemistry Lab (W), [Courses marked with (W) meet University writing course criteria]
Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry,
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Transition Metals (W),
Main Group Elements (W)
Undergraduate Independent Study and Research

Initiated and spearheaded major reorganization of the 1st and 2nd year chemistry curriculum to promote better retention of chemistry and biochemistry majors and better serve the needs of related disciplines such as Biology and Science Education. Worked out the overall curriculum content framework and developed and taught two of the new courses. Cooperated in the development of a biochemistry major.

Seattle Pacific University
  • Faculty Scholarship Committee, 1984-86; Oversees the distribution of merit scholarships
  • Undergraduate Curriculum Coordinating Committee (including terms as secretary and chairman), 1986-88; Oversees campus-wide undergraduate curriculum matters.
  • Steering Committee overseeing preparation of University accreditation review by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, 1986-88.
  • Faculty Affairs Committee, 1988-90; Primary policy setting committee overseeing faculty affairs, such as promotion and tenure criteria, salary, etc.
  • Faculty Council, 1990-92; Chief governing committee of the Faculty. Oversees all other faculty committees.
  • Faculty Budget Committee, 1991-92; Chief faculty committee to advise the administration on budgetary matters.
  • General Education Task Force, 1992; Worked on fine tuning and implementing new general education curriculum.
  • Natural and Mathematical Sciences Curriculum Committee, 1991-94
  • Chair, Natural Sciences General Education Committee, 1992-94
  • Search Committee for a Vice President for Academic Affairs, 1994
  • College of Arts and Sciences Chairs Council, 1994-97; 1999-2002
  • Science Education Degree Review Task Force, 1995-96
  • Science Planning Committee, 1994-96
  • New Science Building Planning, 1997-2000
  • Admissions, Advising, Retention Committee, 1997-1999; oversees/advises campus-wide admissions, reinstatement, retention, and advising policy.
  • Special Tenured Faculty Review Panel--named three separate times to a rarely used tenured faculty member review to assess a tenured faculty member ' s performance in the context of administrative assignments, support and instruction. 1989, 1995, 2000.
  • Tenured Faculty Peer Review Committees—several, ongoing, at least one annually.
  • SPU Faculty Representative of the national Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, 2001-present.
External SPU
  • Local Organizing Committee for American Chemical Society National Meeting, Seattle, 1983. (I was in charge of organizing Puget Sound area students to fill temporary National Meeting jobs).
  • Years 1 and 2 Curriculum Reform Committee, University of Washington, 1993-1994 (This was and inter-college/university group which included representatives of large, flagship state university, private, primarily undergraduate university, and community college.)
  • Program Chair, 1998 Undergraduate Research Symposium of the Puget Sound Section of the American Chemical Society.

Internal SPU Faculty Research:
  1. "Homonuclear Bonding in Chalcogenides and Pnicogenides", 1984
  2. "Electrochemical Synthesis of Ionic Dithionites in Non-aqueous Solution", 1987
  3. "Investigations into the Quantum Mechanical Basis for the Pauling, Schomaker-Stevenson, and Peter Bond Length-Bond Order-Electronegativity Parameters", 1990
  4. Ab initio Investigations of Bond Length-Bond Order -Electronegativity relationships in Unsaturated Inorganic Molecules”, 1994-1995
  5. Academic Renewal Grant—Modernization of instructional laboratory curriculum in chemistry. 2004-5
External SPU as Principle Investigator:
NSF Equipment Grant: "Nuclear Magnetic Resonance in the Undergraduate Curriculum", 1988

American Chemical Society (and Divisions of Inorganic Chemistry and Chemical Education, and the Puget Sound Section), American Scientific Affiliation, Society of the Sigma ?i

On request.

Chemistry of the Chalcogens, Inorganic Heterocyclic Rings, Molecular Spectroscopy, Applied Molecular Orbital Theory/Computational Chemistry, especially the application of Density Functional Theory (DFT) to the stability and structure of organic and inorganic molecules. Mathematical Modeling in Bond Order-Bond Length Relationships, Reactions of Amino Acids with Inorganic Substances, Electrochemistry of Amino Acid-Transition Metal Compounds.

Ninth International Conference on Inorganic Rings Systems (IRIS-IX), Saarbrücken, Germany, July 2000. Oral presentation entitled, “Density Functional Calculations on Homonuclear Sulfur Rings, S5-S16”, and chaired one of the sessions.
56th Northwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (NORM 2001), June 2001. Oral presentation entitled, “Density Functional Calculations on Homonuclear Sulfur Rings, S5-S18, S20” , and chaired the general session on Inorganic and Nuclear Chemistry.

  1. "Charge Distribution in Neutral and Ionic Elemental Sulfur Chains and Rings", Meyer, B.; Peter, L.B.; Spitzer, K.D. In Homoatomic Rings, Chains and Macromolecules of Main Group Elements, Rheingold, A.L., Ed., Elsevier: Amsterdam, 1977, Ch. 21.
  2. "Trends in the Charge Distribution in Sulfanes, Sulfanesulfonic Acids, Sulfanedisulfonic Acids, and Sulfurous Acid", Meyer, B.; Peter, L.; Spitzer, K. Inorg. Chem. 1977, 16, 27.
  3. "Raman Spectra of Isotopic Bisulfite and Disufite Ions in Alkali Salts and Aqueous Solutions", Meyer, B.; Peter, L.; Shaskey Rosenlund, C. Spectrochim. Acta 1979, 34A, 345.
  4. "Oxyacids of Sulfur: Raman Spectra and Molecular Orbital Calculations", Peter, L.B. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Washington, 1979, diss. Abstr. Int. B. 1980, 40, 5664.
  5. "Cycles Involving Sulfur, Sulfide, Sulfite and Sulfate", Meyer, B.; Peter, L.; Ospina, M.; Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 1979, 43, 1579.
  6. "Raman Spectrometric Determination of Oxysulfur Anions in Aqueous Systems", Meyer, B.; Ospina, M.; Peter, L.B. Analyt. Chim. Acta 1980, 117, 301.
  7. "The Structure of the Dithionite Ion", Peter, L.; Meyer, B.; J. Molec. Struct. 1982, 95, 131.
  8. "Second Dissociation Constant of Hydrogen Sulfide", Meyer, B.; Ward, K.; Koshlap, K.; Peter, L. Inorg. Chem. 1983, 22, 2345.
  9. "Raman Spectra of Copper(I), Silver(I) and Gold(I) Cyanides in Aqueous Solutions of Sodium Thiosulphate", El Hinnawi, M.A.; Peter, L.; Meyer, B. J. Raman Spectros. 1985, 16, 272.
  10. "Preparation and Raman Spectra of Thallium(I) Disulfite and Thallium(I) Sulfite", Peter, L.; Meyer, B. Inorg. Chem. 1985, 24, 3071.
  11. "Laboratory Manual for Lingren's Essentials in Chemistry", Lepse, P.A.; Peter, L.B. Prentice Hall: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1986.
  12. "Quantitative Relationship Between Bond Length, Bond Order and Electronegativity in Main Group Elements", Peter, L. J. Chem. Ed. 1986, 63, 123.
  13. "The Nature of the Homonuclear Bond in Organic and Inorganic Dichalocogenides", Peter, L.; Loi, G. Phosphorous and Sulfur 1988, 40, 129.
  14. "Formation of the Group VI Group VI Bond", Peter, L. In Inorganic Reactions and Methods, Zuckerman, J.J.; Hagen A., Eds., VCH Publishers: Weinheim, Vol. 5, 1991, 3-32.
  15. "Bond Angles", Peter, L.B. in Macmillan Encyclopedia of Chemistry, Lagowsky, J.J., Ed., Macmillan, New York, 1997, 253.
  16. "Bond Lengths", Peter, L.B. in Macmillan Encyclopedia of Chemistry, Lagowsky, J.J., Ed., Macmillan, New York, 1997, 256.
  17. “Density Functional Studies of Nitrosyl Halides, Thiazyl Halides and Related Molecules”, M.D. Burtzoff, L. Peter, and D.Y. Zhang, J. Molec. Struct. (Theochem), 2000, 532, 269-278.
  18. “Density Functional Calculations on Homonuclear Sulfur Rings, S5-S16”, Lyle Peter, Phosphorous, Sulfur, and Silicon, 2001, 168, 287.
  19. “Evidence for a Hemoglobin in Glial Cells of the Pond Snail, Lymnaea Stagnalis,” Anna C. Zemke, Lyle Peter, Richard L. Ridgway, Amer. Zool., 2001, 41, (abstract form)
  20. “Theoretical Studies of the Preferred Connectivity in X3NZ (X=H, F; Z=O, S) Type of Molecules”, Melanie D. Burtzoff, Lyle Peter, Paul A. Lepse, and Daisy Y. Zhang, J. Molec. Struct. (Theochem), 2002, 619, 229-239.