Mike Haaf

Professor, Chemistry
School: School of Humanities and Sciences
Phone: 607-274-7978
Office: Center for Natural Sciences 363, Ithaca, NY 14850
Specialty: Organic Chemistry

Spring 2021 Courses

[CHEM-10300] The Astounding Chemistry of the Senses

Research in Organic Chemistry

The unifying theme in my research lab is organic synthesis, but our research projects have been highly varied. Our newest focus has been on the synthesis of polymeric materials with interesting properties. We are currently attempting to make porous polymers, highly conjugated polymers, and biodegradable polymers.  


B.S. in chemistry, Ithaca College, 1994
Ph.D. in chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000 Research Advisor: Robert West

University of Wisconsin-Baraboo, 1997-1999.
Elizabethtown College, 2000-2002.

Selected Publications

* denotes IC students      

Haaf, M. P., Piemonte, K. M.,* McQuace D. T., Cotton, L., Blackburn, R. S. "In situ fabric coloration with indigo synthesized in flow," Journal of Coloration Technology, 2018.

Miller, Z. L.; Hrudka, J. J.; Naro, Y.* Haaf, M.; Shatruk, M. McQuade, D. T. “Rapid-Flow Synthesis of Zn-Qn Complexes: Teaching Old Ligands New Tricks with Reactive Na2(HZnEt2)2.” Journal of Flow Chemistry, 2015, 5, 139.

Haaf, M.; Wells, G. “Collaborative Student Research Projects in an Undergraduate Chemistry and Art Course,” Journal of Chemical Education, 2013, 90, 1616.

Cole, K. E.; Inada, M.; Smith, A.; Haaf, M. "A Grant Proposal Writing Exercise for Undergraduate Science Courses," Journal of Chemical Education, 2013, 90, 1316.

C. Bakewell; R, H. Platel; S. C. Cary*; S. M. Hubbard*; J. M. Roaf*; A. C. Levine*; White, A. J. P.; N. J. Long; M. Haaf; C. K. Williams, “Bis(8-quinolinolato)aluminum ethyl complexes: Iso-Selective Initiators for rac-Lactide Polymerization,” Organometallics, 2012, 31, 4729.

J. Shares*; J. Yehl*; A. Kowalsick*; P. Byers*; Haaf, M. P. “An Efficient Synthesis of Tertiary Amines from Nitriles in Aprotic Solvents,” Tetrahedron Letters, 2012, 53, 4426.

Steinbacher, Jeremy L.; Moy, Rebecca W. Y.; Price, Price, Kristin E.; Cummings, Meredith A.*; Roychowdhury, Chandrani; Buffy, Jarrod, J.; Olbricht, William L.; Haaf, Michael, McQuade, D. Tyler, "Rapid Self-Assembly of Core-Shell Organosilicon Microcapsule within a Microfluidic Device" Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2006, 128, 9442- 9447.

Poe, Sarah L.; Cummings, Meredith A.*; Haaf, Michael P.; McQuade, D. Tyler. "Solving the clogging problem: precipitate-forming reactions in flow." Angewandte Chemie, International Edition, 2006, 45, 1544-1548.

X. Zhang, M. Haaf, E. Grosstephan*, Henry Schierembergg*, B. Todorich, J. R. Connor, “Cytokine Toxicity to Oligodendrocyte Precursors is Mediated by Iron,” Glia 2005, 52, 199.

Amoroso, Dino; Haaf, Michael; Yap, Glenn P. A.; West, Robert; Fogg, Deryn E.   "A Stable Silylene in a Reactive Environment: Synthesis, Reactivity, and Silicon Extrusion Chemistry of a Coordinatively Unsaturated Ruthenium Silylene Complex Containing Chloride and h 3-P-C-P Ligands."  Organometallics, 200221(3), 534-540.

Haaf, Michael; Schmedake, Thomas A.; Paradise, Bryan J.; West, Robert.   "Synthesis and reactivity of the stable silylene N,N'-di-tert-butyl-1,3-diaza-2-sila-2-ylidene."    Canadian Journal of Chemistry200078, 1526-1533.

Haaf, Michael; Schmedake, Thomas A.; West, Robert.   "Stable Silylenes."    Accounts of Chemical Research200033, 704-714. 

Haaf, Michael; Schmiedl, Andreas; Schmedake, Thomas A.; Powell, Douglas R.; Millevolte, Anthony J.; Denk, Michael; West, Robert.   Synthesis and Reactivity of a Stable Silylene.    Journal of the American Chemical Society, 1998120, 12714-12719. 

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