Ronald Blankespoor

Ronald Blankespoor


  • BA Dordt College, 1968
  • PhD Iowa State University , 1971

Thesis: "Cyclic Unsaturated Semidiones and Ketyls"
Thesis Advisor: Professor Glen A. Russell

Professional experience

  • Professor of Chemistry, Calvin College, 1977-present; Chair of the Department 1992-95, 2003-2006; Brummel Professor of Chemistry, 2006 - present
  • Research Associate, Centre Nationale de la Recherche, University of Paris, 2001
  • Visiting Professor of Chemistry, University of Paris, 2000
  • Research Associate, Centre Nationale de la Recherche, Aubiere, France, 1991-92
  • Visiting Professor of Chemistry, University of Colorado, 1988
  • Visiting Professor of Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 1983-84
  • Visiting Professor of Chemistry, University of Michigan, 1980, 1982
  • Assistant/Associate Professor of Chemistry, Wake Forest University, 1973-77
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 1971-73

Research and scholarship

Highly enantioselective and regioselective substitution reactions using chiral rhodium catalysts


Blankespoor, R.L. "Chemistry of 3-Alkynals." Organic Preparations and Procedures International  2010,
, 467-477.

Blankespoor, R.L. Boldenow, P.;  Hansen, E.C.; Kallemeyn, K.M.;  Lohse, A.G.;  Rubush, D.M.; and Vrieze, D.  "Photochemical Synthesis of b-Alkynals from 1-Alkynoxy-9,10-Anthraquinones,"  Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2009, 74, 3933-3.

Porter-Peden, L.; Kamper, S. G.; Vander Wal, M.; Blankespoor, R.; Sinniah, K. “Estimating Kinetic and Thermodynamic Parameters from Single Molecule Enzyme—Inhibitor Interactions,”  Langmuir 2008, 24, 11556-11561.

Kamper, S. G.; Porter-Peden, L.; Blankespoor, R.; Sinniah, K.; Zhou, D.; Abell, C.; Rayment, T.  “Investigating the Specific Interactions between Carbonic Anhydrase and a Sulfonamide Inhibitor by Single-Molecule Force Spectroscopy,”  Langmuir 2007, 23, 12561-12565.

Blankespoor, R.L.; Hogendoorn, S.; Pearson, A. “Competitive Nitration of Benzene-Fluorobenzene and Benzene-Toluene Mixtures:  Orientation and Reactivity Studies Using HPLC J. Chem. Educ., 2007, 84, 697-8.

Blankespoor, R.L.; Limges, Benôit; Schöllhorn, B.; Syssa-Magalé, J.-L.; Yazidi, D.  “Dense Monolayers of Metal-Chelating Ligands Covalently Attached to Carbon Electrodes Electrochemically and Their Useful Application in Affinity Binding of Histidine-Tagged Proteins.”  Langmuir 2005, 21, 3362-3375.

Blankespoor, R.L.; DeVries, T.; Hansen, E.; Kallemeyn, J.M.; Klooster, A.M.; Mulder, J.A.; Smart, R.P.; Vander Griend, D.A. “Photochemical Synthesis of Aldehydes in the Solid Phase,” J. Org. Chem. 2002, 67, 2677-2681.

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