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Matt Whited

Matt Whited

  • Associate Professor of Chemistry, Chemistry


I am an inorganic chemist with research interests including subfields such as organometallic and inorganic synthesis, kinetics of chemical reactions, physical inorganic and photochemistry, and the chemistry of energy.  My teaching and research interests are closely interwoven, currently focusing on projects in the following areas:

  • Transformation of small molecules (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, alkanes, etc.) using reactive metal complexes containing multiple bonds to organic and main-group elements
  • Implementation and evaluation of course-based research experiences across many fields, with a focus on inorganic chemistry; several years ago, I led a study group on student research experiences in the Carleton STEM curriculum, and I recently implemented a new "Chemistry Research" course (Chem 300). I am particularly interested in how students develop and articulate "adaptive expertise" through undergraduate research experiences.
  • Development and testing of new tools and techniques for teaching general and inorganic chemistry (done in collaboration with the Interactive Online Network of Inorganic Chemists)

I maintain strong interests in faculty development and mentoring and have been involved in Carleton and national efforts on this front, and I am also committed to implementing and testing (and helping others implement and test) evidence-based, inclusive pedagogies in the classroom and laboratory.

Education & Professional History

Davidson College, BS; California Institute of Technology, PhD.

University of Southern California, Postdoctoral Fellow.

At Carleton since 2010.

Highlights & Recent Activity

Recent Publications

* Zhang, J.; Foley, B. J.; Bhuvanesh, N.; Zhou, J.; Janzen, D. E.; Whited, M. T.; Ozerov, O. V. “Synthesis and Reactivity of Pincer-Type Cobalt Silyl and Silylene Complexes” Organometallics 2018, 37, 3956–3962.

* Wei, W.; Lima, S. A. M.; Djurovich, P. I.; Bossi, A.; Whited, M. T.; Thompson, M. E. “Synthesis and Characterization of Phosphorescent Isomeric Iridium Complexes with a Rigid Cyclometalating Ligand” Polyhedron 2018, 140, 138–145.

* Whited, M. T.; Zhang, J.; Ma, S.; Nguyen, B.; Janzen, D. E. “Silylene-Assisted Hydride Transfer to CO2 and CS2 at a [P2Si]Ru Pincer-Type Complex” Dalton Trans. 2017, 46, 14757–14761.

* Whited, M. T.; Ruffer, E. J.; Zhang, J.; Janzen, D. E. “trans-Acetyldicarbonyl(η5-cyclopentadienyl)[tris(3,5-dimethylphenyl)phosphane]molybdenum(II)” IUCrData 2017, 2, x170042.

* Whited, M. T.; Deetz, A. M.; Donnell, T. M.; Janzen, D. E. “Examining the Role of Rh/Si Cooperation in Alkene Hydrogenation by a Pincer-Type [P2Si]Rh Complex” Dalton Trans. 2016, 45, 9758–9761.


Recent Awards

* Featured author in ACS Virtual Select Issue: "Undergraduate Research: Contributions to Organometallic Chemistry"

* Cottrell Scholar

* Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar

* "New Talent: Americas" (Dalton Transactions)

* NSF-CAREER Awardee


Recent Grants

* NSF-CHE - "Chemistry Early Career Investigator Workshop" (co-organized w/ Prof. Gordana Dukovic, CU-Boulder)

* NSF-CAREER Award (2016–2021, funded through the SusChEM initiative)

* ACS Petroleum Research Fund Undergraduate Research Award (2015–2018)

* NSF-MRI: Acquisition of a 400 MHz NMR Spectrometer (w/ Alberg/Hofmeister, 2014–2017)

* RCSA Cottrell College Science Award (2011–2014)

* ACS Petroleum Research Fund Undergraduate New Investigator Award (2011–2014)

Organizations & Scholarly Affiliations

American Chemical Society (Divisions of Inorganic Chemistry, Fluorine Chemistry, and Chemical Education)

Interactive Online Network of Inorganic Chemists (IONiC)

Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Cottrell Scholars Collaborative

As Listed on Department Faculty Pages

Profile updated January 22, 2019

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