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Matt Whited

Matt Whited

  • Associate Professor of Chemistry, Chemistry


I am an inorganic chemist with broad teaching and 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 using reactive metal complexes containing multiple bonds with organic and main-group elements
  • Development of organic and inorganic dyes for use as sensitizers in organometallic transformations (particularly uphill reactions such as those that store energy in chemical fuels)
  • Implementation of course-based research experiences involving inorganic synthesis and characterization, particularly with respect to the crystalline solid state; current efforts involve expanding these activites in Chem 352 as well as leading a study group on student research experiences in the Carleton STEM curriculum
  • 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)

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

* 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., in press.

* 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.

* Whited, M. T.; Qiu, L.; Kosanovich, A. J.; Janzen, D. E. "Chalcogen Extrusion from Heteroallenes and Carbon Monoxide by a Three-Coordinate Rh(I) Disilylamide" Inorg. Chem. 2015, 54, 3670–3679.


Recent Awards

* Cottrell Scholar

* Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar

* "New Talent: Americas" (Dalton Transactions)

* NSF-CAREER Awardee


Recent Grants

* 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)

ACS Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry (IN16) Exam Committee

Personal Interests

As Listed on Department Faculty Pages

Profile updated October 13, 2017

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