Dr. Steven M. Bonser

Organic Chemistry, Associate Professor

Dr. Steven M. Bonser

Contact Information


Office: Caputo 323
Phone: (717) 871-7415

Office Hours

W: 3:00 - 5:00 pm
R: 10:00 - 12:00 pm
F: 10:00 - 11:00 am
Comments: Spring 2022


  • B.S. Chemistry – Kutztown University, 1974
  • M.S. Chemistry – Bucknell University, 1977
  • Ph.D. Organic Chemistry – University of Minnesota, 1983
  • Visiting Scholar in Chemistry – Harvard University, 1991-1993

Courses Taught

  • Fundamentals of Chemistry (Chem 110)
  • A Short Course in Organic Chemistry (Chem 235)
  • Organic Chemistry I and II (Chem 231 and 232)
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry (Chem 435)
  • General, Organic and Biochemistry II (Chem 104)
  • Senior Chemistry Seminar (Chem 487 and 488)

Course Materials

Research Interests

Dr. Bonser’s research interests are in the general areas of synthetic organic and physical organic chemistry, with a particular emphasis on small ring chemistry, heterocyclic chemistry, polyaromatic chemistry, and process development chemistry. Research topics include: 1) the synthesis and chemistry of diaziridines; 2) the synthesis and chemistry of trans-bicyclo[n.1.0]alkanes; 3) the efficient synthesis and chemical development of a phenylindane dicarboxylic acid; 4) the synthesis and chemistry of new Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) compounds.

Current Research Projects

  • From Diaziridines to Anxiolytic Drugs
  • The Synthesis and Chemistry of Some Novel Diaziridines
  • The Synthesis and Reactions of Some 1,2-Diacyldiaziridines
  • The Synthesis and Chemistry of Some Novel Diaziridines(2)
  • The Synthesis and Reactions of Some 1,2-Dithioyldiaziridines

About Dr. Steven M. Bonser

Dr. Bonser joined the Department of Chemistry in July 2007. Before coming to Millersville, Dr. Bonser taught organic chemistry at Bloomsburg University. Prior to teaching, Dr. Bonser worked in the Research and Development Laboratories at the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, NY. He was also a Research Fellow at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society