Curriculum Vitae

W. E. Billups

Date and Place of Birth:

  • April 7, 1939, Huntington, West Virginia

Education:

  • Hurricane High School, Hurricane, West Virginia, 1957
  • Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia, B. S. 1961,
  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, Ph.D. 1970

Positions Held:

  • Research Chemist, Union Carbide Corporation, 1961-1968
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Rice University, September 1970-1975
  • Associate Professor of Chemistry, Rice University, July 1975-1981
  • Professor of Chemistry, Rice University, July 1981
  • Department Chair, July 1985-December 1991

Professional Society Memberships, Honors, and Awards:

  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Shell Oil Companies Fellow
  • Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship
  • Lilly Grantee in Organic Chemistry Program, 1973
  • Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award, 1991
  • 2003 Award of the American Chemical Society, Greater Houston Section of the American Chemical Society

Special Field:

  • Organic Chemistry

Research Interests:

  • Chemistry of small ring systems; reactive intermediates; synthetic organo-transition metal chemistry; chemistry of free metal atoms; fullerene, carbon nanotube and graphite chemistry, soluble nanocoal

Other Professional Activities:

  • Consultant, UNESCO (1980)
  • Consultant, Exxon (1982)
  • Consultant, 3M (1984-1990)
  • Consultant, Halliburton (2007)