Lilia Harvey

Lilia C. Harvey

Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
Agnes Scott College

Bullock Science Center 302E
(404) 471-6272 (office)
(404) 471-5368 (fax)


My research interests are in the area of organic photochemistry, the study of the physical processes and accompanying chemical
transformations of organic molecules brought about by the absorption of light. My current project involves the synthesis and photochemical
study of aryloxyacetophenones and aryloxyacetonaphthones, molecules that serve as model compounds for the investigation of
the light-initiated reactions of more structurally complicated aryloxy-ketones.

During my last sabbatical I spent the year in Nick Hud's lab at Georgia Tech where I immersed myself in nucleic acid
biochemistry and molecular biology.

Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL)
PKAL is one of the leading national advocates for building and sustaining strong undergraduate programs in science, technology,
engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.  I’ve been involved in PKAL since 1996, as a member of the PKAL F-21 (Faculty for the
21st Century) network.  Over the past 13 years I have served on the National Steering Committee and participated in and attended
workshops and roundtables related to transforming undergraduate science education.  In 2008, I participated in the PKAL Leadership Institute (LI) in Crestone Colorado.  I am currently working with colleagues from the PKAL Atlanta Network on a collaborative undergraduate research project.

PKAL has been instrumental to my professional development as a chemistry professor. Read more about my contributions to PKAL here.


I teach sophomore and upper level courses in organic chemistry and science-related First Year Seminars. Iíve been fortunate to work with inspiring colleagues, and our collaborations have resulted in articles on strategies for engaging students in the classroom, the use of collaborative cases for teaching organic chemistry, and faculty approaches to undergraduate research. I was awarded the Vulcan Materials Company Excellence in Teaching Award at Agnes Scott in 2004.

In 2008, I team-taught a Global Connections course with a colleague from the Spanish Department at Agnes Scott.  The course culminated in a two-week adventure in Costa Rica with thirteen very interesting students.  This was a true liberal learning experience for a chemist!  

Organic Chemistry I & Organic Chemistry II
Topics in Organic Chemistry: The Organic Chemistry of Major Drugs
The Science of Drug Action (First Year Seminar)


“Approaches to Undergraduate Research and Their Practical Impact on Faculty Productivity in the Natural Sciences”, Harvey, Lilia C.; Thompson, K. J.; The Journal of College Science Teaching, 2009, 38(5), 12-13.

“Condensation of Oligonucleotides Assembled into Nicked and Gapped Duplexes: Potential Structures for Oligonucleotide Delivery”, T. Sarkar, C. C. Conwell, L. C. Harvey, C. T. Santai and N. V. Hud, Nucleic Acids Research, 2005, 33, 1-9.

“Using Collaborative Case Studies in Organic Chemistry”, Hodges, Linda C.; Harvey, Lilia C.; The Chemical Educator, 2003, 8, 346-351.

“Evaluation of Student Learning in Organic Chemistry Using the SOLO Taxonomy”, Hodges, Linda C.; Harvey, Lilia C.; Journal of Chemical Education, 2003, 80(7), 785-787.

“Exploring How Students Learn Organic Chemistry, Hodges, L. C.; Harvey, L. C. Academic Exchange Quarterly, Spring 2002, 4-10.

“The Role of Multiple Teaching Strategies in Organic Chemistry”, Harvey, L. C.; Hodges, L. C. The Chemical Educator 1999, 4(3), 1-14.

 “Brightness Reversion of Mechanical Pulps VIII: Fate of Dienic Additives During Brightness Reversion of High-Yield Pulp”, Harvey, L. C.; Cook, C.; Ragauskas, A. J. J. Wood Chem. Technol.1997, 17 (1 & 2), 27-39.

“Brightness Reversion of Mechanical Pulp, Part 6: Cooperative Photostabilization Approaches for High Yield Pulps”, Pan, X.; Harvey, L. C.; Ragauskas, A. J. J. Pulp Paper Sci. 1996, 22(4), 135-140.

 “Mechanistic Investigation of Mechanical Pulp Brightness Stabilization by 2,4-Hexadienol”, Harvey, L. C.; Ragauskas, A. J. J. Wood Chem. Technol. 1996, 16(1), 79-93.

“Excited State Proton Transfer from Hydroxyalkyl Naphthols”, Tolbert, L. M.; Harvey, L. C.; Lum, R. C. J. Phys. Chem. 1993, 97, 13335.

“Studies on High Carbon Number Geoporphyrins by Tandem Mass Spectrometry”, Quirke, J. M. E.; Cuesta, L. L.; Yost, R. A.; Johnson, J. V.; Britton, E. D. Org. Geochem. 1989, 14, 43.

“Tandem Mass Spectrometry for the Characterization of High Carbon Number Geoporphyrins”, Yost, R. A.; Johnson, J. V.; Britton, E. D.; Quirke, J. M. E.; Cuesta, L. L. Analytical Chemistry 1986, 58, 1325.

“Maintaining your research mojo: Two scientists reflect on post-tenure research productivity at a small liberal arts college”, Lilia C. Harvey and Karen J. Thompson, The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 23, 2009.


Agnes Scott College | Chemistry Department
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