Garry N. Fickes

Associate Professor Emeritus

Contact Information


  • Postdoctoral (1965-66), Harvard University (Paul D. Bartlett)
  • Ph.D. (1965), University of Wisconsin (Harlan L. Goering)
  • B.S. (1960), University of California, Davis

Research Interests

My research interests are in organic synthesis and reaction mechanisms, including synthetic work in the areas of polycyclic ring systems, polymers with special optical properties, and photochemically reactive chiral compounds.


  • Miller, R.D.; Fickes, G.N.; Thompson, D.T.  Synthesis of soluble, substituted silane high polymers by Wurtz coupling techniques.  J. Polym. Sci., Polym. Chem. Ed. 1991, 29, 813.
  • Miller, R.D.; Fickes, G.N.  Block interrupt polysilane derivatives.  J. Polym. Sci., Polym. Chem. Ed. 1990, 28, 1397.
  • Spellmeyer, D.C.; Houk, K.N.; Rondan, N.G.; Franz, L.; Fickes, G.N.  Experimental and theoretical studies of substituent effects on an orbital symmetry forbidden electrocyclization.  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1989, 111, 5356.
  • Miller, R.D.; Rabolt, J.F.; Sooriyajumaran, R.; Fleming, W.; Fickes, G.N.; Farmer, B.L.; Kuzmany, H.  Soluble polysilane derivatives:  Chemistry and spectroscopy.  In Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers; Zeldin, M., Wynne, K.J., Allcock, H.R., Eds.; ACS Symposium Series, No. 360; American Chemical Society:  Washington, DC, 1988; p 43.