Lubbock Christian University
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Amanda Ellis, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Texas Tech University, December 2010
  • B.S. in Chemistry, Lubbock Christian University, May 2006
Office Hours
  • See syllabi or by appointment
Current Classes
  • CHE 3302, Organic Chemistry II
  • CHE 3102, Organic Chemistry II Lab
  • HON 4182, Honors Thesis


I graduated from LCU with my BS in Chemistry in 2006. I did undergraduate research under the advisement of Dr. Julie Marshall in the Biochemical Research Laboratory (BRL) and went straight form working in her lab to pursuing my doctorate at Texas Tech University. My research in graduate school focused on the synthesis of new ligands for use in selective extractions of toxic and radioactive metals from aqueous solutions. I graduated with my PhD in Chemistry, with an emphasis in organic chemistry, in December 2010. I was the Organic Chemistry Instructional Laboratory and Safety Coordinator at Texas Tech University from January 2011 - August 2012 and rejoined the LCU family as an assistant professor in August 2012.

A major focus of my work at TTU was on laboratory safety in teaching labs and research labs. Lab safety is now a passion of mine.

I am a lifelong member of the church of Christ. I also enjoy long distance running. I have completed many marathons (26.2 miles), including the Boston Marathon, and several ultramarathons (any distance over 26.2 miles). I serve as an official at several track meets hosted at Texas Tech and am a member of several local running clubs and associations.

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to the Science and Christianity in Oxford Interdisciplinary Seminars in Science

and Religion: Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and the Humanities II.    

Amanda L. Boston, Jennifer D. Crawford, Kazimierz Surowiec, Richard A. Bartsch, Di-ionizable 1,2-dimethoxy p-tert-butylcalix[4]arene ligands: synthesis and metal ion complexation, Journal of Inclusion Phenomena and Macrocyclic Chemistry [Online early access]. DOI: 10.1007/s10847-013-0333-y. Published Online: May 2013.

Amanda L. Boston, Eun Kyung Lee, Jennifer D. Crawford, Robert E. Hanes, Jr., Richard A. Bartsch, New di-ionizable p-tert-butylcalix[4]arene-1,2-crown-4 ligands: synthesis and divalent metal ion extraction, Tetrahedron, 68, 49, 10241-10251. December 9, 2012.

Amanda L. Boston, Eun Kyung Lee, Kazimierz Surowiec, Jerzy Gega, Richard A. Bartsch, Comparison of upper and lower rim-functionalized, di-ionizable calix[4]arene-crown-6 structural isomers in divalent metal ion extraction, Tetrahedron, 68, 42, 8789-8794. October 21, 2012.

Amanda L. Boston, Synthesis of Di-ionizable Calix[4]arene and Calix[4]arene-crown Ether Ligands, Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, December 17, 2010.