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Associate Professor of Chemistry
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
Professor of Chemistry
Years at Knox: 1991 to present
Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, 1989, Ohio State University.
B.A., Chemistry and English, magna cum laude, 1981, Iowa Wesleyan College.
Inorganic chemistry, synthesis and theoretical characteristics of organometallics.
Knox Faculty Research / Creative Work Grant: Synthesis of mixed ligand complexes of copper(II) and other transition metals through ligand exchange, 2014.
Pew Teacher-Scholar Fellowship.
Kraig A. Wheeler, Travis R. Helgren (`11) and Thomas W. Clayton "The bimolecular structure of aquahexa-μ-chlorido-μ4-oxido-tris(tetrahydrofuran- κO)tetracopper(II)-hexa-μ-chlorido-μ4-oxido-tetrakis(tetrahydrofuran- κO)tetracopper(II)-tetrahydrofuran (2/1/4)", Acta Cryst. 2014, C70, 306-311.
Supervising Co-Author: Bradley Musselman (`16). "Axial Site Reactivity of Copper(II) Carboxylate Metallomesogens." Midstates Science and Mathematics Consortium, Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Physical Sciences and Mathematics, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, October 31-November 1, 2014.
Supervising Co-Author: G. Michael Sprinkle (`15). "Synthesis and Characterization of Intriguing Manganese(II) Compounds." Midstates Science and Mathematics Consortium, Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Physical Sciences and Mathematics, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, October 31-November 1, 2014.
Pedagogy in the Teaching Lab Inspired by Mentoring Undergraduate Research: Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry at Knox College. Presented at the spring National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, 2008.
Campus & Community Involvement
Resident Faculty, Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Member, American Chemical Society.
Member, Council on Undergraduate Research.
Member, Midwest Association of Chemistry Teachers at Liberal Arts Colleges.
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