Department of Chemistry

Xavier University of Louisiana

Sarah L. Weaver, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Organic Chemistry Lab Coordinator
B.S., Chemistry, University of Florida 1985
Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, University of Florida 1990

Telephone Number: 504-520-5080
Room Number: NCF - Room 317
Email Address:


Organic Chemistry II Lecture
Organic Chemistry II Drill
Organic Chemistry I Lab
Organic Chemistry II Lab

Short Professional Biography

1990-2001. Research chemist for Shell Chemicals. Developed new gasoline additives and new dehydrogenation catalysts. Experience in manufacturing, safety, sales, customer support and plant operations. Obtained multiple patents.
2001-2007. Assistant Professor Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond Louisiana. Taught Organic Chemistry Lab and Lecture, Advanced Physical Organic Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry, and Chemistry of Art.
2007-Present. Xavier University of Louisiana. Organic laboratory coordinator and instructor.

Research Interest

Current research interests center on the determination of the step by step mechanism of the heterogeneous dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene to styrene. Deuterium isotope effects and electronic effects are being investigated

Current Grant Support

2006-2010, Recipient of Board of Regents, R&D Research competitiveness subprogram grant, $81,000

Recent Publications

S. L. Weaver, 'ÄúDeuterium retention and incorporation along a dehydrogenation reaction pathway'Äù, 61st Southeastern Meeting of the American Chemical Society, San Juan Puerto Rico, October 24, 2009 (poster contributed)

S. L. Weaver , 'ÄúMechanistic insight into the ethylbenzene to styrene dehydrogenation over an iron oxide catalyst'Äù, 237th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Salt Lake City Utah,¬† March 22-26 2009 (poster contributed)

Department of Chemistry