Greg Springsteen Faculty and Staff Chemistry Furman University

Greg Springsteen is an associate professor of chemistry in the fields of organic and bioorganic chemistry. ​​​

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Seminar in Chemistry

Seminars presented based on current literature. Presentations include articles detailing the application of chemical principles and techniques to the natural environment. Surveys of assigned journals are presented individually; more detailed presentations are made by small groups working as teams. Topics include: coverage of recent important developments, global awareness of the application of chemistry to the natural world, experience in making scientific presentations, and encouragement of good literature reading habits.


Foundations of Chemistry

Introduction to the principles of chemistry. Topics include: atomic and molecular structure and chemical bonding, stoichiometry, properties of the states of matter, and energetics of chemical reactions with emphasis on problem solving, conceptual understanding, and analytical reasoning. Laboratory focuses on quantitative measurements and interpretation of data.


Organic Chemistry

Emphasis on the application of chemical principles to carbon compounds. Physical and chemical properties of the major organic functional groups, an introduction to stereochemistry, molecular stability, and related concepts of organic compounds are covered. Laboratory emphasizes reaction set-ups, recrystallization, distillation, extraction, and chromatography.


Bio-Organic Chemistry

Introduction to the organic chemistry of living systems. Topics include: the structure and chemistry of proteins, mechanistic enzymology, the organic chemistry of cofactors, DNA-drug interactions, and the biosynthesis of natural products.


Experimental Techniques

Laboratory exercises involving multi-step synthesis, purification, and analysis of both organic and inorganic compounds. Use of modern chemical instrumentation, utilization of the chemical literature, and the oral and written presentation of experimental data are requirements.


Topics in Chemistry

Topics important in various fields of modern chemistry designed as a tutorial to meet the special needs of individual students.


Graduate Seminar in Chemistry

Students present seminars based on current literature. Surveys of assigned journals are presented individually; more detailed presentations are made by small groups.



Original laboratory research



Master's thesis

Our lab seeks to understand the chemical origins of life. As a member of the NSF and NASA funded Center for Chemical Evolution, we research potential reaction pathways towards functional proto-metabolisms. We are particularly interested in the mechanism of formation of base-pairing nitrogen heterocycles.

Ph.D., North Carolina State University
B.A., University of Virginia

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