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C.J. Stephenson

Chair, Associate Professor, August Elmer, Jr. Distinguished Professor in Chemistry


Ph.D., The University of South Carolina, 2008

B.S., Mississippi College, 2003


  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Chemistry


Dr. Stephenson is an organic chemist whose specializes in supramolecular organic chemistry. His research focuses on the modification of fluorescent xanthene dyes to form novel fluorescent platforms for sensing analytes and studying supramolecular interactions. Specifically these modified dyes are used to: 1) study the signaling mechanism with different analytes, 2) create novel platforms for chiral sensing, 3) form fluorescent polymeric materials for enhancing current purification methods, 4) investigate specific supramolecular interactions, 5) further the understanding of the effect physical stress has on bond breaking.

Before coming to Loyola, Dr. Stephenson taught for three years at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI where he taught classes in organic and general chemistry and conducted research with undergraduates.

Dr. Stephenson’s work has been published in journals such as Organic and Biomolecular ChemistryDalton TransactionsCurrent Opinion In Chemical Biology, and Polymer International.

Classes Taught

  • Organic Chemistry Lecture
  • Organic Chemistry Lab