Pelkey Published in Chemistry Text – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
The HWS Update

Pelkey Published in Chemistry Text

Nov. 19, 2002
Erin Pelkey, assistant professor of chemistry, is the author of a chapter titled “Five-Membered Ring Systems: Thiophenes & Se, Te Analogs” that has been published in the science textbook titled “In Progress in Heterocyclic Chemistry” by Gribble and Gilchrist.

Pelkey's work is a comprehensive review of the chemical literature (January-December 2001) that describes recent advances in the sythesis and reactions of thiophenes and related compounds. Thiophenes are cyclic compounds that contain one sulfur atom. His scholarship at Hobart and William Smith is closely related, as he works on making cyclic compounds that contain one nitrogen atom (collectively known as pyrroles).

Publishers tout this volume of Progress in Heterocyclic Chemistry (PHC) which is the 14th annual review of the literature, covering the work published on important heterocyclic ring systems during 2001. In addition, in this volume there are two specialized reviews. The first, by Jan Bergman and Tomasz Janosik, covers their work on sulfur-containing indoles. The second, by David Knight, discusses 5-endo-trig iodocyclisations. The subsequent chapters, arranged by increasing heterocycle ring size, review recent advances in the field of heterocyclic chemistry with emphasis on synthesis and reactions.

Pelkey joined the Colleges faculty in the summer of 2001. He earned his B.A. from Carleton College, his Ph.D. from Dartmouth, and did postdoctoral work at Stanford University. His research interests lie in the field of organic chemistry and include developing new methods for synthesizing biologically active molecules. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry, and Sigma Xi.