Thomas A. Gray

Dr. Thomas GrayAssistant Professor, Chemistry

Contact Info

Office:SCIH 311

Degree Information

Ph. D., University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (1989)
Title of thesis or dissertation: The effect of fluorine and trifluoromethyl as substitutents in the electrocyclic ring opening of cyclobutenes and the rearrangement of cyclopropyl carbenes
M.S., Emory University, Atlanta, GA (1983)
B.S., Emory University, Atlanta, GA (1983)

Courses Taught

CHM 201 Organic Chemistry I
CHM 201L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
CHM 202 Organic Chemistry II
CHM 202L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
CHM 403 Organic Chemistry III


  • Process optimization in organic synthesis of specialty chemicals and active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs)
  • Development of novel synthetic methods incorporating concepts of atom efficiency, one pot syntheses


American Chemical Society member since 1984
John F. White Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement, 1996


  • Survey of the DNA binding properties of natural and synthetic polyamino compounds; Stewart, Kent D.; Gray, Thomas A.; J. Phy. Org. Chem., 1992, 5(8), 461-6
  • Nickel(II) porphyrin binding to anionic biopolymers investigated by resonance Raman and optical spectroscopy; Yue, K. T.; Lin, Mengfen; Gray, Thomas A.; Marzilli, Luigi G.; Inorg. Chem. (1991), 30(16), 3214-22
  • Effect of N-alkyl substituents on the DNA binding properties of meso-tetrakis(4-N-alkylpyridinium-4-yl)porphyrins and their nickel derivatives; Gray, Thomas A.; Yue, Kwok To; Marzilli, Luigi G.; J. of Inorg. Biochem. (1991), 41(3), 205-19
  • Kinetic and thermodynamic effects in the thermal electrocyclic ring-openings of 3-fluorocyclobutene, 3,3-difluorocyclobutene, and 3-(trifluoromethyl)cyclobutene;  Dolbier, William R., Jr.; Gray, Thomas A.; Keaffaber, Jeffrey J.; Celewicz, Lech; Koroniak, Henryk; JACS (1990), 112(1), 363-7.
  • Hydrogen fluoride-tetrahydrofuran as a fluorinating medium.  A general synthesis of 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoro-2-alkenes; Dolbier, William R., Jr.; Gray, Thomas A.; Onishi, Keiichi; Synthesis (1987), (10), 956-8


Program Review Committee 2010
Coach, Tri-City Little League, Challenger Division, 2008 – present
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society 1983 - present


Consultant with CONRAD (Contraceptive Research and Development) for development of pharmaceuticals for women’s health  2006 to present


  • Sustainable gardening techniques
  • Chemistry in cooking