Thomas GrayAssociate Professor, Chemistry
Chair, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

SCIH 311, Troy
[email protected]


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
  • CHM 406 Advanced Lab Methods in Organic Chemistry


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
  • President, Eastern N.Y. Section of ACS, 2016


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


Faculty Curriculum Secretary, June 2017 – present
Program Review Committee 2010
Russell Sage College Curriculum Committee, 2015 – 2017
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