Michael Danahy

Lecturer in Chemistry

Teaching this semester

CHEM 1092. Introductory Chemistry and Quantitative Reasoning II

Michael Danahy
The second course in a two-semester introductory college chemistry sequence that follows Chemistry 1091. Incorporates additional instruction focused on developing quantitative reasoning and problem-solving skills in the context of learning chemistry. Topics include gases, properties of solutions, thermodynamics and thermochemistry, kinetics, equilibrium, electrochemistry, and acid-base chemistry. Three hours of lecture, mandatory one-hour problem-solving session, and four hours of laboratory work per week.

CHEM 2260. Organic Chemistry II

Michael Danahy
Continuation of the study of the compounds of carbon. Highlights the reactions of aromatic, carbonyl-containing, and amine functional groups. Mechanistic reasoning provides a basis for understanding these reactions. Skills for designing logical synthetic approaches to complex organic molecules are developed. Lectures, review sessions, and four hours of laboratory work per week.

In 2012 Professor Danahy receieved the Karonfsky Teaching Prize. It is given by members of the Karofsky family, including Peter S. Karofsky, M.D. ’62, Paul I. Karofsky ’66, and David M. Karofsky ’93, to honor distinction in teaching by untenured members of the faculty. It is among the College’s most prestigious honors and is awarded annually on the basis of student evaluations to “an outstanding Bowdoin teacher who best demonstrates the ability to impart knowledge, inspire enthusiasm, and stimulate intellectual curiosity.”

Professor Danahy believes the key to quality he brings to the classrom is ethusiasm. "I think enthusiasm for chemistry is key. I started down a path in chemistry because I thought it was interesting, so imparting that interest (and enthusiasm) in the subject is key. Besides, chemistry neatly explains all goings on in the universe on a scale that’s comprehensible…how can you not be excited about it?!" 

Education

  • B.S., Bates College, 2000
  • M.A., Princeton University, 2002
  • Ph.D., Princeton University, 2004

Publications

E. A. Rozhkova-Novosad, J. Chae, G. J. Zylstra, E. M. Bertrand, M. Alexander-Ozinskas, D. Deng, L. A. Moe, J. B. van Beilen, M. P. Danahy, J. T. Groves, R. N. Austin, “Profiling Mechanisms of Alkane Hydroxylase Activity in vivo Using the Diagnostic Substrate Norcarane,” Chemistry and Biology, 14, 2007, 165-172.

K. S. Midwood, M. D. Carolus, M. P. Danahy, J. E. Schwarzbauer, J. Schwartz, “Easy and Efficient Bonding of Biomolecules to an Oxide Surface of Silicon,” Langmuir, 20 (13), 2004, 5501-5505

M. P. Danahy, M. J. Avaltroni, K. S. Midwood, J. E. Schwarzbauer, J. Schwartz, “Self-Assembly Monolayers of α,ω-Diphosphonic Acids on Ti Enable Complete or Spatially Controlled Surface Derivatization,” Langmuir, 20 (13), 2004, 5333-5337

J. Schwartz, M. J. Avaltroni, M. P. Danahy, B. M. Silverman, J. E. Schwarzbauer, K. S. Midwood, E. S. Gawalt, “Cell Attachment and Spreading on Metal Implant Devices,” Mat. Sci. Eng. C, 23, 2003, 395-400

E. S. Gawalt, M. J. Avaltroni, M. P. Danahy, B. M. Silverman, E. L. Hanson, K. S. Midwood, J. E. Schwarzbauer, J. Schwartz, “Bonding Organics to Ti Alloys:  Facilitating Human Osteoblast Attachment and Spreading on Surgical Implant Devices,” Langmuir, 19 (1), 2003, 200-204

Conference Presentations

“Cell Attachment and Spreading on Metal Implant Materials,” J. Schwartz, M. J. Avaltroni, M. P. Danahy, B. M. Silverman, E. L. Hanson, J. E. Schwarzbauer, K. S. Midwood, E. S. Gawalt, 36th Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, June 2003

“Mechanistic Studies of Organic Hydroxylations Mediated By MCM-41 Encapsulated Metalloporphyrins,” R. N. Austin, M. P. Danahy, I. M. Rietjens, M. G. Boersma, 219th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, San Francisco, CA, March 2000