Mason Rouser, Ph.D.

Visiting Instructor of Chemistry

 “I try to take the P90X approach to teaching, I want to apply different pedagogical techniques in class to keep the students engaged and interested, as well as encourage students to take ownership of their own scholarship and development. I also believe a firm grasp of general principles goes a lot further than trying to get everything by memorization.”

This is my third year as a professor, and first at FSC. I taught at a private liberal arts college and bring a wealth of experience with me. I want to keep an open dialogue with my students so that I can help them the best I can. As with most faculty members, I'm here because I love what I do.

I used to be a football coach, so I love watching football. I also enjoy social board games and strategy games.

Education

Ph.D., Organic and Polymer Chemistry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA
B.S. Chemistry, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

Honors and Awards

  • Graduate Mentor for undergraduate student conducting research 2009
  • Graduate Teaching Award, Chemistry Department, Virginia Tech, 2008
  • Graduate Teaching Award, Chemistry Department, Virginia Tech, 2007
  • Mentored visiting summer REU students in 2006 (Ryan Vetor), and 2007 (Peter Bailey)
  • IUP Chemistry Department Award (2001)
  • Summer REU at University of Cincinnati (William Connick, 2001)
  • Research on ionic methods of polyaniline synthesis, IUP (2000-2001)
  • President of Elkin Hall, IUP (1998-1999)
  • IUP Chemistry Department Award (1998)
  • Member of Residence Hall Association, IUP (1997-1999)
  • Bud Luddy Scholarship Recipient 1996-1998 
  • Award for best Chemistry Student in Senior Class, FAHS (1997)
  • Award for best Mathematics Student in Senior Class, FAHS (1997)
  • National Honor Society, 1996-97

Publications or Exhibitions

Gibson, H.W.; Berg, M.A.G.; Price Jr., T.L.; Niu, Z.; Lee, M; Rouser, M.A.; Slebodnick, C.  Stereochemisty of Alkylated Isoquinoline Reissert Compounds. Tetrahedron, 2014, 70, 5904-5918.

Rouser, M. A.; Pederson, A. M.-P.; Niu, Z.; Schoonover, D. V.; Gibson, H. W.  Synthesis and Characterization of a Slip-Link Polyrotaxane. Polym. Prepr. (Am. Chem. Soc., Div. Polym. Chem.) 2009, 50(2), 414.

Pederson, A. M.-P.; Vetor, R. C.; Rouser, M. A.; Huang, F.; Slebodnick, C.; Schoonover, D. V.; Gibson, H. W. A New Functional Bis(m-phenylene)-32-crown-10-Based Cryptand Host for Paraquats. J. Org. Chem. 2008, 73, 5570-5573.

Gibson, H. W.; Huang, F.; Ge, Z.; Wang, H.; Pederson, A. M.-P.; Lee, M.; Rouser, M.; Schoonover, D. Mechanical linkages (Pseudorotaxane Structures) in Self-Assembly and Modification of Macromolecules. Polym. Prepr. (Am. Chem. Soc., Div. Polym. Chem.) 2008, 49(1),1030-1031.

Rouser, M.; Hetayothin, B.; Klavetter, F. L. Model Studies for the Corrosion-Inhibiting Interactions at Polyaniline/Metal Interfaces. Polym. Prepr. (Am. Chem. Soc., Div. Polym. Chem.) 2004, 45(1), 248-249.Presentations:

Mechanical Linkages & Enforced Entanglements In Polymers, H. W. Gibson, Z. Niu, M. Lee, T. L. Price, Jr., D. V. Schoonover, M. A. Rouser, A. Murugan, H. Wessels. C. Slebodnick, XXII International Materials Research Congress, Cancun, Mexico, August 11-16, 2013. (Invited)

Pseudorotaxanes as Precursors of Mechanically Linked Assemblies, H. W. Gibson, Z. Niu, M. Lee, T. L. Price, Jr., M. A. Rouser, A. Murugan, H. Wessels, C. Slebodnick, Virginia Academy of Sciences 91st Annual Meeting, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, May 23, 2013

Cyclic Components for Mechanical Linkages & Enforced Entanglement in Polymers, H. W. Gibson, Z. Niu, M. Lee, T. L. Price, Jr., M. A. Rouser, A. Murugan, H. Wessels, C. Slebodnick, 245th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, New Orleans, LA, April 10, 2013. (Invited)

Approaches to Entangled (Rotaxanated) Polymers by Design, H. W. Gibson, M. Lee, Z. Niu, T. L. Price, Jr., D. V. Schoonover, A. Murugan, M. A. Rouser, C. Slebodnick, XXI International Materials Research Congress, Cancun, Mexico, August 12-17, 2012. (Invited)

Supramolecular Chemistry Applied to Polymers, H. Wessels, M. Lee, Z. Niu, T. L. Price, Jr., D. V. Schoonover, M. A. Rouser, C. Slebodnick, H. W. Gibson, Macro 2012: IUPAC World Polymer Congress, Blacksburg, VA, June 25, 2012.

Star and Brush Copolymers Derived from Rotaxanes, M. A. Rouser, M. Lee, Z. Niu, D. Nagvekar, T. L. Price, Jr., H. W. Gibson, Macro 2012: IUPAC World Polymer Congress, Blacksburg, VA, June 25, 2012.

Gibson, H. W., Lee, M., Niu, Z., Rouser, M. A., Flack, M. A., Price, T. L.,  Schoonover, D. V.  Application of Host-Guest Self-Assembly to Polymer Science, Pacifichem 2010, Honolulu, HI, December 18, 2010.

Gibson, H. W., Lee, M., Niu, Z., Mittal, A., Schoonover, D. V., Price, T. L., Rouser, M. A., Gupta, M. Esoterica and Applications: Polyrotaxanes & Polyelectrolytes, Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute Conference and Review, Blacksburg, VA, October 11-13, 2010. (Invited)

H. W. Gibson, M. Lee, Z. Niu, M. A. Rouser, M. A. Flack, T. L. Price, D. V. Schoonover, Self-Assembly of Polymers Using Host-Guest Interactions, XIX International Materials Research Conference, Cancun, Mexico, August 15, 2010. (Invited)

Gibson, H. W.; M. Lee, D. V. Schoonover, M. A. Flack, Z. Niu, M. A. Rouser, A. P. Gies, D. M. Hercules,Star, Block and Graft Copolymers By Self-Assembly of Complementary Host- and Guest-Functionalized Polymeric Building Blocks, Macro 2010: 43rd IUPAC World Congress. Glasgow, Scotland, UK, July 13, 2010. (Invited)

Rouser, M. A.; Gibson, H. W.  Intramolecular Cannizzaro Reactions on Dibenzo-Crown Ether Dialdehydes.  239th ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, March 21-25, 2010, ORGN-497.

Gibson, H. W., Lee, M., Pederson, A. M.-P., Schoonover, D. V., Niu, Z., Flack, M. A.,  Rouser, M. A., Choi, U-H., Colby, R. H. Rings & Things, Charges & Countercharges: Self-Assembly and Ionic Liquids, XVIII International Materials Research Conference, Cancun, Mexico, August 18, 2009. (Invited)

Gibson, H. W., Lee, M., Pederson, A. M.-P., Schoonover, D. V., Niu, Z., Flack, M. A.,  Rouser, M. A., Rings & Things, Charges & Countercharges: Self-Assembly and Ionic Liquids, Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute Conference and Review, Blacksburg, VA, April 13-15, 2009.

Rouser, M. A, Gibson, H. W. Non-Covalently Linked Polymers: Slip-Link Polyrotaxane Development, Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute Conference and Review, Blacksburg, VA, April 13-15, 2009

Gibson, H. W.; Huang, F.; Ge, Z.; Wang, H.; Pederson, A. M.-P.; Lee, M.; Rouser, M.; Schoonover, D. Mechanical linkages (Pseudorotaxane Structures) in Self-Assembly and Modification of Macromolecules. 235th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, April 6-10, 2008 POLY-553

Gibson, H. W., Huang, F., Ge, Z., Wang, H., Pederson, A. M.-P., Lee, M.,  Rouser, M. A., Schoonover, D. Mechanical Linkages (Pseudorotaxane Structures) in Self-Assembly and Modification of Macromolecules, 235th  ACS National Meeting,  New Orleans, LA, April 9, 2008.

Rouser, M. A, Gibson, H. W., Slip-Link Polyrotaxanes: Supramolecular Elastomers, October 21-24, 2007 MII Conference and Review, Blacksburg, VA,  2007.

Rouser, M. A, Gibson, H. W. Synthesis of Monomer Slip-Link Units for Slip-link Polyrotaxanes, 2004 MACRO Conference and Review, Blacksburg, VA, September 14, 2004.

Klavetter,  F. L.; Rouser, M. A.; Hetayothin, B. Model studies for the Corrosion-Inhibiting Interactions at Polyaniline/Metal Interfaces. 227th ACS National Meeting, Anaheim, CA, March 28-April 1, 2004, POLY-457

Rouser, M. A.; Willison, S. A.; Jude, H.; Bauer, J. K.; Connick, W. B. Bipyridyl Ligands for Two-Electron Photo-Reagents. 223rd ACS National Meeting, Orlando, FL, April 7-11, 2002, CHED-500.

Connect with
Mason Rouser

213 Polk Science Room Building
863.680.4128
mrouser@flsouthern.edu