Bruce J. Heyen, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry

Department: Chemistry


  • Ph. D. Chemistry, Northwestern University, 1991
  • M.S. Chemistry, Northwestern University, 1988
  • B.S. Biochemistry, Abilene Christian University, 1986

Professional Background

  • Sabbatical, Wichita State University, 2006
  • Sabbatical, Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis, 2000
  • Watkins Fellow, Wichita State University, 1997

Courses Taught

  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Astronomy


Cassano, A., Higgins, P., Heyen, B., White, S., “Higher Order Structure of Nucleic Acids,” POGIL activity published in Foundations of Biochemistry, Loertscher, J., Minderhout, V.,Pacific Crest, 2009, Lisle, IL.

Wimalasena, D.S., Perera, R.P., Heyen, B.J., Balasooriya, I.S., Wimalasena, K. “Vesicular Monoamine Transporter Substrate/Inhibitor Activity of MPTP/MPP+ Derivatives: A Structure-Activity Study, J. Med. Chem., 2008, 51, 760.

Heyen, B.J., Olabisi, A.O., Mahindaratne, P.D., Wimalasena, K. “Convenient Entry to C2- and C3-Substituted Gulono-y-Lactone Derivatives from L-Ascorbic Acid,” Poster presentation, American Chemical Society National Meeting, Boston, MA, Fall 2007.

Alsheikh, M. K.; Heyen, B.J.; Randall, S.K “Ion Binding Properties of the Dehydrin ERD14 Are Dependent upon Phosphorylation,” J. Biol. Chem., Oct 2003, 278, Issue 42, 40882.

Heyen, B.J.; Alsheikh, M. K.; Smith, E. A., Torvik, C. F.; Seals, D.F.; Randall, S. K. “The Calcium-Binding Activity of a Vacuole-Associated, Dehydrin-Like Protein is Regulated by Phosphorylation., Plant Phys., Oct. 2002, 130, 675.

zur Loye, H.-C.; Heyen, B. J.; Marcy, H. O.; DeGroot, D. C.; Kannewurf, C. R. ; Shriver, D. F. “Dielectric Response and Conductivity of Poly(Propylene Oxide) Sodium Polyiodide Complexes. Discussion of Charge Transport by an Ion Relay Mechanism.” Chem. Mater., 1990, 2, 603.

Doan, K. E.; Heyen, B. J.; Ratner, M. A.; Shriver, D. F. “The Influence of Cryptands and Crown-Ethers on Ion Transport and Vibrational Spectra of Polymer-Salt Complexes.” Chem. Mater., 1990, 2, 539.

Bennett, J.L.; Dembek, A.A.; Allcock, H.A.; Heyen, B.J.; Shriver, D.F. “Radiation Cross-Linking of Poly[bis(2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethoxy)phosphazene]: Effect on Solid-State Ionic Conductivity.” Chem.Mater.,1989, 14.

Heyen, B. J.; Powell, G. L. “Preparation and Structure of Re2~(µ-SEt)2Cl4~ (3,6-dithiaoctane)2; an Edge-Sharing Bioctahedron with an Unbuttressed Re(III)-Re(III) Double Bond.” Inorg. Chem., 1990, 29, 4574.

Heyen, B. J.; Powell, G. L. “Isolation and Structure of heptachloro(3,6-dithiaoctane)dirhenate1-. A Quadruply Bonded Intermediate in an Intramolecular Disproportionation Reaction.” Polyhedron, 1988, 7, 1207.


Latimer, S.R., Heyen, B.J., “Synthesis and Characterization of 4-Substituted Amino Phenyl Propene Derivatives,” Poster presented at American Chemical Society National Meeting, Spring 2011, Anaheim, CA.

Heyen, B.J., “POGIL Biochemistry: It’s Different”, presentation at American Chemical Society National Meeting, Spring 2009, Salt Lake, Utah.

Adrian, S.C., Heyen, B.J., Perera, R.P, Wimalasena, K., “Synthesis of Halo-Substituted Amino Phenyl Propene Derivatives,” Poster presentation, American Chemical Society National Meeting, Boston, MA, Fall 2007.

Heyen, B.J., “What I Did When I Stopped Lecturing in My College Chemistry Classes,” Talk given at Abilene Christian University Science Symposium, January 2006.

Heyen, B.J., “Cells, Celery, and Calcium: Proteins Involved in Plant Stress Management,” Tabor Faculty Lecture, Spring 2002, and Bethel College (KS) guest lecturer, Spring 2003.


  • Member of American Chemical Society
  • Two research sabbaticals: (1) in 2000, studied at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis studying calcium-binding proteins in celery; (2) in 2006, studied vitamin C derivatives and dopamine transport inhibitors at Wichita State University
  • Awarded a Watkins fellowship at Wichita State University in 1997 synthesizing protease inhibitors.