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CAPT Richard W. Sanders
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Science Department
Smith Hall 312
27 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320
(860) 444‐8646
CAPT Richard W. Sanders
Department of Science
U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Richard W. Sanders received a B.S. degree in Applied Science from the U. S. Coast Guard Academy in 1987. He earned his M.S. (Chemistry, 1995) and Ph.D. (Chemistry, 2002) from the University of Connecticut. Captain Sanders has been a member of the Coast Guard Academy faculty since 1995. Since 1997 he has served as a member of the Permanent Commissioned Teaching Staff.  

Captain Sanders teaches Organic Chemistry, General Chemistry, and additional upper-division chemistry courses in the Marine and Environmental Sciences major. Research interests include synthesis and application of laser-absorbing dyes and undergraduate chemical education. He has served as the Associate Dean, Department of Science Chair, and as the Program Coordinator of Cadet Coastal Sail Training Programs. 

Captain Sanders is active in diversity and outreach initiatives and currently serves as the advisor to the Coast Guard Academy Scuba Club. 

  • Ph.D., Organometallic Chemistry, University of Connecticut, 2002
  • M.S, Chemistry, University of Connecticut 1995
  • B.S., Applied Science, U. S. Coast Guard Academy, 1987

Courses Taught:
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Analytical Methods in Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • General Chemistry

Selected Publications and Presentations:
  • Ulrich T. Mueller-Westerhoff, Richard Sanders, Electronic Spectra of Ferrocenyldithiolene Nickel Complexes: Steric and Electron Donor/Acceptor Effects, Organometallics, Vol 22(23) (2002) pp. 4778-4782.
  • Frederic Barriere, Nicole Camilre, William E. Geiger, Ulrich T. Mueller-Westerhoff, and Richard Sanders, Use of Medium Effects to Tune the ΔE1/2 Values of Bimetallic and Oligometallic Compounds, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol 124 (2002) pp. 7262-7263.
  • Richard Sanders, Ulrich T. Mueller-Westerhoff, The lithiation of ferrocene and ruthenocene: a retraction and an improvement, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Vol. 512 (1996) pp. 219-224.

Professional Memberships:
  • American Chemical Society