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Philip Westerman

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, Kent State University
Member, Liquid Crystal Institute, Kent State University
Member, School of Biomedical Sciences, Kent State University

Philip Westerman received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Sydney University, Australia in 1971. After a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. George Olah at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH from 1971 to 1974, he held Research Fellowships at the Australian National University, Canberra (1974-75) and the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA (1975-76). In 1976, he became a member of the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine faculty.

Westerman is a member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Biophysical Society, the American Chemical Society, the International Society of Magnetic Resonance, and the International Liquid Crystal Society. He was president of the Kent State University Chapter of Sigma Xi from 1990-92. He has held visiting appointments at the University of New South Wales and the Commonwealth Research and Industrial Research Organization, both in Sydney, Australia and the Dipartimento di Chimica, at the University of Calabria, Italy.

Westerman maintains research laboratories at NEOUCOM in the areas of membrane biochemistry and biophysics and participates actively in conferences of the Biophysical Society. He has published 99 articles.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Current research areas and ALCOM projects

  • Physicochemical characterization of model bile and lipid digestive mixtures
  • Physical properties of bilayer membranes
  • Molecular mechanisms of general anesthesia
  • Solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance

Representative Publications

Dentino A.R., Westerman P.W. and Yeagle P.L., "A study of carbobenzoxy-D-phenylalanine-L- phenylalanine-glycine, an inhibitor of membrane fusion, in phospholipid bilayers with multinuclear magnetic resonance.," Biochim. Biophys. Acta, 213-220, 1995.

Westerman P.W., "Physicochemical characterization of a model digestive mixture by 2H NMR, " J. Lipid Res. 36, 2478-2492, 1995.

Phonphok N., Chidichimo G. and Westerman P.W., "Disposition of choloroform in phosphatidylcholine membranes: A 2H and 31P NMR study," Chem. Phys. Lipids, 8325-37, 1996.

Checchetti A., Golemme A., Chidichimo G., LaRosa C., Grasso D. and Westerman P.W., "Effect of l- lysopalmitoyllecithin on the phase properties of 1,2-dipalmitoylphosphatidylethanolamine: A thermodynamic and NMR study," Chem. Phys. Lipids, 82, 147-162, 1996.

Westerman P., Jacquet R., Quinn B., Rinaldi P. and Sun Y., "Physicochemical characterization by 2H and 1H-NMR of aqueous lipid dispersions resembling bile," Biophys. J. , 70, 421a, 1996.

Philip Westerman
Department of Chemical Physics
Liquid Crystal Institute