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Bill Killian

Bill Killian

Bill Killian
Bill Killian

ICT Program Coordinator
Physical Sciences
Phone: (231) 591-2590
Email: [email protected]


  • MS, Ohio State University, Chemistry
  • BA, North Park College, Biology


My professional experience has been split between teaching, working in industrial and government labs, and being a part of industrial support services. I have taught chemistry at all levels: high school, junior college, and 30+ years at Ferris State. In industry, I worked at Inland Steel in a quality control lab and as a mill support chemist. I also worked as a visiting scientist at Dow Chemical where I got exposed to the wide-ranging utility of viscometry. In addition, I worked four stints as a visiting faculty member for the Department of Energy. There I worked on projects ranging from explosive detection to long path infrared studies.

Publications and Intellectual Contributions

  • Journal Article
    Killian, W. G., Storer, J. A., Killian, W., Lira, C. T. (2020). "A MATLAB® Application for the Calculation of Pathlength in an Infrared Cell," Spectroscopy on line. 35 (8). pp. 1-4. Iselin, New Jersey: MJH Life Sciences.
  • Book Chapter
    Thomson, M., Killian, W. (2014). "Transitioning Culture: Teaching and Modeling Workplace Behavior," Academia and Industrial Pilot Plant Operations and Safety. (1163). pp. 53-58. American Chemical Society.
  • Journal Article
    Di Raddo, P., Killian, W., Cooper, M., Fritz, C. (2006). "A Mechanistic Representation for the Syntheses of Benzanthrone and Violanthrone," Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds. 19 pp. 179-187. Gordon and Breach Science Publishers.
  • Journal Article
    Foos, J. S., Killian, W., Rizvi, S. Q., Michael, U., Fraenkel, G. (1978). "N-acyl-1,4-dihydropyridines by Acid Catalyzed Condensations," Tetrahedron Letters. 19 (16). pp. 1407-1410. Elsevier.


  • Oral Presentation
    Killian, W. G. (Author & Presenter), Lira, C. T. (Author), Killian, W. (Author), Schaap Chemistry Symposium, "Effects of Hydrogen Bonding Self-Association on Viscosity in n-Alcohol + Hydrocarbon Mixtures," Hope College, Holland, Michigan, (July 12, 2019).
  • Panel Discussion
    Killian, W. (Panelist), Schaap Chemistry Symposium, "Industrial Careers In Chemistry," Hope College, Holland, Michigan, (July 11, 2019).
  • Oral Presentation
    Killian, W. (Author & Presenter), ACS Central Regional Meeting, "Pertinent Aspects of the Industrial Chemistry Technology Program at Ferris State University," American Chemical Society, Midland, Michigan, (June 8, 2019).
  • Poster
    DeMaet, A. M. (Author & Presenter), Killian, W. G. (Author & Presenter), Killian, W. (Author), ACS Central Regional Meeing, "Viscometric Analysis of Hydrogen Bonding Systems," American Chemical Society, Midland, Michigan, (June 8, 2019).
  • Oral Presentation
    Partigianoni, C. (Author & Presenter), Frank, D. (Author & Presenter), Killian, W. (Author & Presenter), Jacobs, L. (Author & Presenter), Shepler, V. (Author & Presenter), 33rd Great Lakes / Central Regional American Chemical Society Meeting, “Don’t Slay Them – SLA Them," Grand Rapids, Michigan, (July 2001).