Journal of Laboratory Chemical Education

Journal of Laboratory Chemical Education is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal describing the furthering of chemical education via effective laboratory experiences. Educational laboratory experiences at the high school and undergraduate level provide a critical component of a high quality, practical education in chemistry. Laboratory chemical education is broadly defined as laboratory experiences in all traditional areas of chemistry including– but not limited to– organic chemistry, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, electrochemistry, polymer chemistry, forensic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, environmental chemistry, and computational chemistry. Articles considered for publication include: original educational laboratory experimentation articles, review-type articles (see below), and short letters detailing educational laboratory experiment improvements or safety issues.

Dr. Stephen Habay

Editorial Board Member of Journal of Laboratory Chemical Education

Assistant Professor, Salisbury University, USA

Research Areas

Organic Chemistry


2005Ph.D.University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
2000B.S.Allegheny College, Meadville, PA


2008-presentAssistant Professor, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD
2006-2008Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of California--Irvine, Irvine, CA
2006-2008Associate Faculty, Irvine Valley College, Irvine, CA
2004-2005Instructor, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
2003-2004Organic Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Academic Achievement

2011 ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Travel Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty
2009 Single Investigator Cottrell College Science Award
2008 Salisbury University SGA Award for outstanding commitment to students
2004 Safford Award for excellence in graduate student teaching of chemistry (annual award given at University of Pittsburgh)


American Chemical Society, Organic Division
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh
Phi Lambda Upsilon chemistry honor society
Council on Undergraduate Research

Publications: Conferences/Workshops/Symposiums/Journals/Books

[1]  Basch, C.H.; Brinck, J.A.; Ramos, J.E.; Habay, S.A.; Yap, G.P. Synthesis of cis--octahydroindoles via intramolecular 1,3--dipolar cycloadditions of 2--acyl--5--aminooxazolium salts. Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2012, 77(22), 10416--10421.
[2]  Habay, S.A.; Park, S.S.; Kennedy, S.M.; Chamberlin, A.R. Methods for the chemical synthesis of non-- coding –a-mino acids found in natural product peptides in Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins in Organic Chemistry, Hughes, A.B., Ed. Wiley--VCH, 2009, 163--244.
[3]  Okamura, N.; Habay, S.A.; Zeng, J.; Chamberlin, A.R.; Reinscheid, R.K. Synthesis and pharmacological in vitro and in vivo profile of SHA 68 (3--Oxo--1,1--diphenyl--tetrahydro--oxazolo[3,4--a]pyrazine--7-- carboxylic acid 4--fluoro--benzylamide), a selective antagonist of the neuropeptide S receptor. Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, 2008, 325(3), 893--901.
[4]  Habay, S.A.; Schafmeister, C.E. Building block approaches to nonlinear and linear macromolecules in The Handbook of Nanoscience, Engineering and Technology, 2nd ed., Goddard III, W.A., Brenner, D.W., Lyshevski, S.E., Iafrate, G.J., Eds. CRC press: Boca Raton, 2007, pp. 19--1 - 19--35.
[5]  Habay, S.A.; Bandik, G.C. The course coordinator program: an additional tool for preparing graduate students for academia. Journal of Graduate Teaching Assistant Development, 2005, 10(1), 59--66.
[6]  Bandik, G.C.; Habay, S.A.; Rech, J.; Ward, R. The organic chemistry laboratory experience at the University of Pittsburgh part 1, 5th ed. Wiley VCH: Pittsburgh, 2005.
[7]  Habay, S.A.; Schafmeister, C.E. Synthesis of a bis--amino acid that creates a sharp turn. Organic Letters, 2004, 6(19), 3369--3371.