• Charley Liberko

    Charley Liberko

    Sherman and Vera Schaffer Professor of Chemistry

Academic History

  • B.A.  College of St Thomas, 1988
  • PhD, University of Minnesota 1992
  • Post Doctoral Associate, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1994

Courses Taught

  • CHE 121,122, 161: Introductory Chemistry
  • CHE 225, 326, 327 : Organic Chemistry, (lectures and lab)
  • CHE 328 : Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • CHE 108 : First Year Seminar
  • CHE 108 : Topics in Chemistry:Chemistry and Artists' Materials
  • CHE 108 : Topics in Chemistry: Forensic Chemistry


  • “Bringing Photochemistry to the Masses: A Simple, Effective, and Inexpensive Photoreactor, Right out of the Box” Theint Aung, Charles A. Liberko, J. Chem Educ. 2014, 91, 939-942.

  • “Acid-Catalyzed Preparation of Biodiesel from Waste Vegetable Oil: An Experiment for the Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Laboratory”  Don Bladt, Steve Murray, Brittany Gitch, Haylee Trout, and Charles Liberko, J. Chem. Ed. 2011, 88, 201.

  • “Using Science Fiction to Teach Thermodynamics: Vonnegut, Ice-9 and Global Warming”  Charles A. Liberko; J. Chem. Ed. 2004, 81, 509-512.

  • “A Simple and Inexpensive Salt bridge for Demonstrations Involving a Galvanic Cell” Charles A. Liberko, J. Chem. Ed., 2007, 84, 597.

  •  “Self-assembled monolayers for liquid crystal alignment: simple preparation on glass  using alkyltrialkoxysilanes”  David M. Walba, Charles A. Liberko, Eva Korblova, Matthew Farrow, Thomas E. Furtak, Bruce C. Chow, Daniel K Schwartz, Adam S. Freeman, Kenneth Douglas, Scott D. Williams, Aurthur F. Klittnick and Noel A.Clark.  Liquid Crystals, 2004, 31, 481-489. 

  • “Smectic liquid crystal alignment using mechanically rubbed n-octadecylsiloxane self assembled monolayers”  David M. Walba, Charles A. Liberko, Renfan Shao, Noel A.Clark.  Liquid Crystals, 2002, 29, 1015-1024.

  •  “Second-harmonic Generation from Rubbed Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal Mesogenic Monolayer Surfaces”  C.S. Park, T.E. Furtak, N.A. Clark, C.A. Liberko, D.M. Walba.  Physical Review E, 2003, 67, 051707.

  •  “Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal Alignment Using Self-Assembled Monolayers”  David M. Walba, Charles A Liberko, Renfan Shao and Noel Clark.  Liquid Crystals, 2002, 29 1015-1024.

  •  "A Simplified Method for Measuring the Entropy of Urea Dissolution.  An Experiment for the Introductory Chemistry Lab."  Charles A. Liberko and Stephanie Terry; J. Chem. Ed. 2001, 78, 1087. 

  • “Preparation of a Surface Oriented Liquid Crystal.  An Experiment for the Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Laboratory.”  Charles A. Liberko and Jonathan Shearer; J. Chem. Ed. 2000, 77, 1204. 

  • “Fostering Creativity in Students: A Short Synthesis Project For The Organic Chemistry Laboratory. ”Mary M. Mader and Charles A. Liberko; Resonance, 1997, 2, 53-59. 

  • "Self Assembled Monolayers for:  Liquid Crystal Alignment"  David M. Walba and Charles A. Liberko; United States Patent  No. 08125,909, Issued January 27, 1997.

  •  “Patterning of Functional Antibodies and Other Proteins by Photolithography of Silane Monolayers”  J.F. Mooney, A.J. Hunt, J.R.Mcintosh, C.A. Liberko, D.M. Walba, C.T. Rogers  Proc. Nat.Acad. Sci., USA 1996, 93, 12287-12291.

  •  "Design and Synthesis of Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals. 22.  Side-By-Side Dimers For Nonlinear Optics” David M. Walba, Daniel J. Dyer, Peter L. Cobben, Teresa Siera, James A. Rego, Charles A. Liberko, Renfan Shao, and Noel A. Clark  Ferroelectrics, 1996, 179. 211-220.

  • “Ferroelectric Liquid Crystals for Nonlinear Optics Applications:  Can We Really Do It?  David M. Walba, Danial J. Dyer, Peter L. Cobben, Teresa Siera, James A. Rego, Charles A. Liberko, Renfan Shao, and Noel A. Clark  Thin Films for Integrated Optics Applications,  B.W.Wessels, S.R. Marder, D.M. Walba, editors.  Materials Research Society: Pitsburg, PA, 1995, 157-162, 392.

  • "Electron Delocalization in Helical Bis (quinone) Anion Radicals"  Andrew L. Sargent, Jan Almlof, and Charles A. Liberko;  J. Phys. Chem. 1994, 98, 6114.

  • "The Electronic Structure of Helicene-Bis-Quinone Anion Radicals"  Charles A. Liberko, Larry L. Miller, Thomas J. Katz and Longbin Liu; J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1993, 115, 2478.

  • "PPP-MO Calculations Predict Spectra of Quinone and Imide Anion Radicals"  Charles A. Liberko, Stanton F. Rak and Larry L. Miller; J. Org. Chem. 1992, 57,1397.

  • "Electron Delocalization in Helical Quinone Anion Radicals"  Bingwei Yang, Longbin Liu, Thomas J.Katz, Charles A. Liberko and Larry L. Miller; J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1991, 113, 8993.

  • "Mixed Valence in Conjugated Anion Radicals. Solution and Solid State Studies"  Stanton F. Rak, Charles A Liberko and Larry L. Miller;  Synthetic Metals, 1991, 42

  • "Near Infrared Dyes.  An Air Stable Radical Anion"  Larry L. Miller and Charles A. Liberko; Chem. Mater.  1990, 2, 339.