Wilson, Bruce
Associate Professor - Chemistry
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Assistant Professor

Bruce Wilson has been at UVSC since 2001.


Ph.D. in Chemistry (Inorganic) from Texas A&M University, 1998
M.S. in Chemistry (Analytical) from Brigham Young University
B.S. in Chemistry from Brigham Young University


South Dakota State University - 1998 - 2001


J Biological Chem. 4, 742, 1999
Dissertation, Texas A&M University, 1998
J. Org. Chem. 54, 861, 1989
Inorg. Chem. 27, 4084, 1988
J. Chem. Soc. Faraday 84, 3673, 1988
J Org. Chem. 53, 2811, 1988
J. Heterocyclic Chem. 24, 1085, 1987
J. Heterocyclic Chem. 24, 955, 1987
Abs. Pap. ACS 193, 234, 1987
J. Heterocyclic Chem. 24, 415, 1987


My research is primarily in bioinorganic chemistry, the study of metal atoms in enzymes. I have looked recently at the role of nickel in the enzyme carbon monoxide dehydrogenase/acetyl-CoA synthase from the bacterium Clostridium thermoaceticum, specifically the properties of Coenzyme A binding at the nickel site. This research was done with Paul Lindahl at Texas A&M University.

I have also been engaged in many mundane and several rather esoteric aspects of X-ray crystallography: high-pressure single-crystal analysis in a diamond-anvil cell, and ultra-high resolution studies of electron density in quadruple metal-metal bonds. I worked with Kent Dalley at Brigham Young and with F. A. Cotton at Texas A&M on these projects.


I am currently helping the UVSC Herbarium with its Virtual Herbarium. I've been helping format the database, set up image aquisition, and displaying all the information in a user-friendly manner.


I am an avid landscape photographer, specializing in capturing the beauty of the mountains and the deserts of Utah. I work mostly in large format (shooting 4x5 inch transparencies) and I develop and print my film in my own color darkroom. There I experiment with darkroom color chemistry, with the goal of finding a home-made replacement for the R3000 color reversal print chemistry. My photo website. I've recently made the jump to digital.