Assistant Professor (413) 572 - 5371     
    Physical Science Department [email protected]     
    Westfield State College     
    Westfield, MA 01086-1630  


    Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA, BS, Biochemistry, 1984.

    Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, MS, Chemistry, 1985.

    Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, Ph.D., 1989.
    Electrically Conductive Polymers and Polymer Composites from High Performance Materials.

    Professional Experience

    1996 -present
    Assistant Professor, Physical Science Department, Westfield State College
    Spring, 1996
    Adjunct Professor, Departments of Chemistry and Environmental Studies, University of North Carolina-Asheville, Chemistry Department, Mars Hill College
    1994 - 1995
    Visiting Assistant Professor, Chemistry Department, University of North Carolina - Asheville

    Professional Affiliations

    American Chemical Society, member, division of Chemical Education Chair-Elect, Connecticut Valley Section (2000)

    Professional Activities

    American Chemical Society Presentations
    National Meetings, Chemical Education Symposia


    1. "Chelating Copolymers Containing Photosensitive Functionalities," Kumar, G. S.; DePra, P.A.; Neckers, D.C. Macromolecules 1984, 17, 1912-1917.
    2. "Chelating Copolymers Containing Photosensitive Functionalities, 2," Kumar, G.S.; DePra, P.A.; Neckers, D.C. Macromolecules 1984, 17, 2463-2467.
    3. "Uncatalyzed Group Transfer Polymerization," DePra, P.A.; Sogah, D.Y. U.S. Patent Filed July 8, 1986, U.S. Serial Number 883320.
    4. "The Electrochemical Doping of the High-Strength High-Modulus Polymer Poly(p-phenylenebenzobisthiazole): A New Conductive Material," DePra, P.A. et al., ACS Great Lakes Regional Meeting, Chicago, IL, June 1987.
    5. "Conductive Polymers Based upon Rigid-Rod Ultrahigh-Modulus Macromolecules. Electrochemical Doping of Poly(p-phenylenebenzobisthiazole-2,6-diyl) (PBT)," DePra, P.A.; Gaudiello, J.G.; Marks, T.J. Macromolecules 1988, 21, 2295-2297.
    6. "Electrically Conductive Molecular Composites Based upon PBT and Metallophthalocyanines. Processing, Microstructure, and Electrochemistry," J. Giesler, P.A. DePra, T.J. Marks, and S.H. Carr, Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, 1988. Symposium: The Materials Science and Engineering of Rigid-Rod Polymers.
    7. P.A. DePra, J.M. Giesler, T.J. Marks and S.H. Carr, Electrically Conductive Molecular Composites Based upon PPBT and Metallophthalocyanines, Processing, Microstructure, and Electrochemistry, Mats. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 1989,134, 673 .
    8. J. M. C. Redman, J.M. Giesler, W. R. Romanko, S. H. Carr, P.A. DePra, T.J. Marks, H.O. Marcy and C. R. Kannewurf, Microstructure and Charge Transport in Hybrid Metallophthalocyanine/Rigid Rod Polymer Fibers, Synth. Met. 1989, 29, F25-F30.
    9. "Electrically Conductive Polymers and Polymer Composites from High Performance Materials," DePra, P.A. Ph.D. Thesis, Northwestern University, 1989.
    10. "Catalyzed Silicon-Mediated Living Polymerizations, Structure Control, Catalyst Design and Mechanisms." Sogah, D.Y.; Hertler, W.R.; Dicker, I.B.; DePra, P.A.; Butera, J.R. Makromol. Chem., Macromol. Symp. 1990, 32, 75-86.
    11. "Business Information Flier," DePra, P.A., Ed. and primary author. 37 issues, published for DuPont use, Brevard NC, May 1991 - January 1993.
    12. "Tabular Grain Photosensitive Elements Comprising Titanium Carboxyl Compounds," DePra, P.A.; Moguel, K.D.; Keyes, M.P. U.S. Patent 5 236 820, 1993.
    13. "Electrically Conductive Polymers and Polymer Composites from High Performance Materials via Electrochemical Doping Techniques," DePra, P.A.; Marks, T.J., manuscript in preparation.
    14. "Encouraging Creative Processes in Teaching Organic Synthesis: Make That Molecule!," DePra, P.A., manuscript in preparation.

    Workshops and Training