Gordon H. Purser

Gordon Purser

ProfessorKeplinger Hall M259

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D. - The University of Colorado
  • B.S. with honors - The University of Texas 

Areas of Research Focus

  • My research group explores the kinetics of fast chlorine reactions; especially those that involve water treatment of biologically active chlorine.
  • I also am involved in chemical education, especially bonding, and the use of innovative teaching methods.

Previous Teaching Experience

  • California Polytechnic State University: 1982 - 1983
  • The University of Colorado - Denver: 1983 - 1986
  • Glendale College: 1986 - 1992

Professional Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society 
    • Tulsa Local Section 
    • Division of Chemical Education 
    • Division of Environmental Chemistry
  • American Water Works Association
  • American Solar Energy Society
  • Union of Concerned Scientists

Courses Taught at TU

  • Chemical Kinetics (CHEM 7173)
  • Energy Technology for the Future (CHEM 2024)
  • General Chemistry I (CHEM 1013)
  • Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM 4043)
  • Junior Seminar (CHEM 3101)
  • Molecular Modeling (CHEM 2032)

Awards & Recognition

  • Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology, April 2001.
  • College of Engineering and Natural Science Kermit Brown Award for Teaching Excellence, April 2007.
  • The University of Tulsa Mortar Board Professor of the Year, March 2005.
  • The University of Tulsa Outstanding Orientation Mentor, September 2005.
  • The University of Tulsa Outstanding Teaching Award, May 2007.
  • The University of Tulsa Outstanding TURC Mentor of the Year, November 2005.


  • S. M. Dellegar, S. A. Murphy, A. E. Bourne, J. C. DiCesare and G. H. Purser, "Identification of the Factors Affecting the Rate of Deactivation of Hypochlorous Acid By Melatonin," Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 1999, 257, 431.

  • E. R. Moore, A. E. Bourne, T. J. Hoppe, P. J. Abode, S. R. Boone and G. H. Purser, “Kinetics and Mechanism of the Oxidation of Iron(II) Ion by Chlorine Dioxide in Aqueous Solution.” International Journal of Chemical Kinetics , 2004, 36, 554-565.

  • D. M. Robinson, T. J. Hoppe, T. J. Paslay, and G. H. Purser, “Kinetics and Mechanism of the Reduction of Monochloramine by Hydroxylamine and Hydroxylammonium Ion.” International Journal of Chemical Kinetics , 2006, 38, 124-135.

  • H. Parameswar, A. Isley, G. Medders, and G. H. Purser, “Kinetics of the Remediation of Arsenic-Contaminated Groundwater Using Nanoscale Magnetite Particles” Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 2008, 1045, 1045-V03-08.

  • G. H. Purser, "Lewis Structures are Models for Predicting Molecular Structure Not Electronic Structure," Journal of Chemical Education, 1999, 76, 1013.

  • G. H. Purser, "Lewis Structures in General Chemistry: Agreement between Electron Density Calculations and Lewis Structures," Journal of Chemical Education, 2001, 78, 981.

  • P. R. Burkholder, R. S. Cole, and G. H. Purser, " Using Molecular Dynamics Simulation to Reinforce Student Understanding of Intermolecular Forces," Journal of Chemical Education, 2008, 85, 1071-1077.