My research interests revolve around methodological studies of a Green process referred to as the BASIL technique. This technique allows us to remove most, if not all solvents from the reaction.
I am the faculty advisor to the Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS). We go out to many schools in the area to put on chemistry demonstrations. I am a Director of the Chicago Section of the ACS and Editor of The Chemical Bulletin - the Chicago Section's newsmagazine. ChemWest, an organization I'm proud to be a member of, helps chemistry teachers in the Chicagoland area to meet and discuss new ways of teaching chemsitry and always has good chemistry demonstrations to show. I help organize Chemistry Scouting merit badges (boys and girls), You Be The Chemist Challenge for kids in grades 5-8, and the ASM Materials Science Camp for teachers.
Chemistry Education Grant, PI, Tellabs, $47,784, 2011-2013
ACI's Science and Math Learning Collaborative, Investigator, IBHE, $948,350, 2007-2009
Creative Workshops for K-12 Science Educators, PI, Dreyfus, $19,100, 2005-2006
Paul Brandt, Joanne Syncheff, Mary McMahon “Can Enthusiasm be Contagious? Building Classrooms That Increase the Enjoyment of Science and Mathematics For Female Students and Male Students Together With Their Teachers in Challenging School Settings” Associated Colleges of Illinois 2009 Arts and Sciences Colloquium, Chicago, IL 2009.
Brandt, P., Brown, M., Carey, J., Conrady, K., Noga, J., Rapp, D., Albrecht, J., “Clean and Simple Syntheses of Phosphine Compounds Using Ionic Liquids”, 38th Great Lakes Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Lincolnshire, IL, 2009, Abst. 231.
Brandt, P. “Using Ionic Liquids to Control Solvent Waste” Gordon Research Conference – Green Chemistry, Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI, 2004.
Brandt, P. “Chiral Phosphinoferrocenes: Precursors To Asymmetric Catalysts”, 35th Great Lakes Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Chicago, IL, 2003, Abst. 166.