G. William Daub Curriculum Vitae

Dr. G. William Daub


Professional Background

2022-23 Associate Dean for Special Projects
2020-21 Chair, Department of Computer Science
2019-20 Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
2012-15 Core Curriculum Director
2001- Seeley W. Mudd Professor of Chemistry
1995-08 Chair, Department of Chemistry
1993-95 Director of Freshman Division
1989-22 Professor of Chemistry, Harvey Mudd College.
1984-89 Associate Professor of Chemistry, Harvey Mudd College.
1984-85 Visiting Professor, University of California, Irvine.
1978-83 Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Harvey Mudd College.
1982-87 Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar.
1977-78 Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University.


1972 B.A. in Chemistry, Pomona College, California.
1977 PhD in Organic Chemistry, Stanford University.

Research Publications

(Undergraduate coauthors denoted with a *)
R.N. Rogers and G.W. Daub, Analytical Chemistry, 1973, 45, 596. “Scanning Calorimetric Determination of Vapor-Phase Kinetics Data.”

F.S. Allen and G.W. Daub, Biopolymers, 1974, 13, 241. “Analysis of Circular Dichroism Spectra of Homopurine: Homopyrimidine DNA’s for Sequence Information and Comparison of Results with Heterobase DNA.”

G.W. Daub and E.E. van Tamelen, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1977, 99, 3526. “Synthesis of Oligoribonucleotides Based on the Facile Cleavage of Methyl Phosphotriester Intermediates.”

W.S. Johnson, G.W. Daub, T.A. Lyle and M. Niwa, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1980, 102, 7800. “Vinyl Fluoride Function as a Terminator of Biomimetic Polyene Cyclizations Leading to Steroids.”

G.W. Daub, D.H. Teramura*, K. E. Bryant* and M. T. Burch*, J. Org. Chem., 1981, 46, 1485. “Ortho Ester Claisen Rearrangements Using Trimethyl Methoxyorthoacetate.”

W.S. Johnson, T.A. Lyle and G. W. Daub, J. Org. Chem., 1982, 47, 161. “Corticoid Synthesis via Vinylic Fluoride-Terminated Biomimetic Polyene Cyclizations.”

G.W. Daub, M.G. Sanchez*, R. A. Cromer* and L. G. Gibson*, J. Org. Chem., 1982, 47, 743. “Regioselectivity of the Ketal Claisen Rearrangement.”

G.W. Daub, M.A. McCoy*, M. G. Sanchez* and J. S. Carter*, J. Org. Chem., 1983, 48, 3876. “Ketal Claisen Rearrangements of Simple Aliphatic Ketals.”

G.W. Daub and S.R. Lunt*, Tetrahedron Letters, 1983, 4397. “Ketal Claisen Rearrangements of Functionalized Ketals.”

G.W. Daub, R.N. Zuckermann*, and W. S. Johnson, J. Org. Chem., 1985, 50, 1599. “A Synthesis of 2-Fluoro-2-alkenes.”

G.W. Daub, P.L. Shanklin*, and C. Tata*, J. Org. Chem., 1986, 51, 3402. “Stereoselective Acid-Catalyzed Claisen Rearrangements.”

G.W. Daub and D.A. Griffith*, Tetrahedron Letters, 1986, 6311. “The Stereoselectivity of Ketal Claisen Rearrangements with Ketals of Simple Cyclic Ketones.”

G.W. Daub, D.A. Heerding, and L. E. Overman, Tetrahedron, 1988, 44, 3919. “Synthesis of Substituted Tetrahydropyridines by Cyclizations of Silicon-Containing Iminium Ions”.

G.W. Daub, J.P. Edwards*, C R. Okada*, J. W. Allen*, C. T. Maxey*, M. S. Wells*, A. S. Goldstein*, M. J. Dibley*, C. J. Wang*, D. P. Ostercamp*, S. Chung*, P.S. Cunningham*, and M. A. Berliner*, J. Org. Chem., 1997, 62, 1976. “Acyclic Stereoselection in the Ortho Ester Claisen Rearrangement.”

M. K. Hartley*, S. Vine*, L. Walsh*, S. Avrantinis*, G. W. Daub, and R. J. Cave; J. Phys. Chem. B, 2016, 120, 1486. “Comparison of Relative Activation Energies Obtained by Density Functional Theory and the Random Phase Approximation for Several Claisen Rearrangements.”

K. M. Van Heuvelen, L. P. Blake, G. W. Daub, L. N. Hawkins, A. R. Johnson, H. Van Ryswyk, and D. A. Vosburg,Journal of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness,2019,9, 1.“Emphasizing learning: The impact of student surveys in the reform of an introductory chemistry course.”

K. M. Van Heuvelen, G. W. Daub, L. N. Hawkins, A. R. Johnson, H. Van Ryswyk, and D. A. Vosburg, J. Chem. Educ., 2020,97, 925.“How do I design a chemical reaction to do useful work? Reinvigorating general chemistry by connecting chemistry and society.”

Other Publications

G.W. Daub, Progress in Inorganic Chemistry, 1977, 22, 409, John Wiley and Sons. “Oxidatively Induced Cleavages of Transition Metal-Carbon Bonds.”

G.H. Daub, A.A. Leon, I.R. Silverman, G.W. Daub, and S.B. Walker, Aldrichimica Acta, 1984, 17, 13. “The Use of Acronyms in Organic Chemistry.”


G.W. Daub and W.S. Seese, In Preparation for College Chemistry, 5th edition, Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1994.

G.W. Daub and W.S. Seese, Basic Chemistry, 7th edition, Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1996.
Last updated, September 2011.