I joined the Chemistry Department at Kenyon College in 2004 after completing doctoral studies at Cornell University. In collaboration with undergraduate students, I pursue the creation and evaluation of new molecules to catalyze reaction of mutual interest. The research currently underway in my laboratory is at the intersection of organic, inorganic and polymer chemistries. The compounds we investigate may be biodegradable and sourced from plants or may spontaneously ignite on contact with air. Students who work with me thus learn a diverse range of techniques. My teaching is primarily within the sophomore Organic sequence with periodic forays into an advanced lab course or seminar.
Catalysis, air-free technique, polymer chemistry.
2004 — Doctor of Philosophy from Cornell University
1998 — Bachelor of Science from Beloit College, Phi Beta Kappa
Reisberg, S. H.; Hurley, H. J.; Mathers, R. T..; Tanski, J. M..;Getzler, Y. D. Y. L. "Lactide Cyclopolymerization Kinetics, X?ray Structure, and Solution Dynamics of (tBu-SalAmEE)Al and a Cautionary Tale of Polymetalate Formation"Macromolecules, 2013, doi:10.1021/ma400046x.
Weil, J.; Mathers, R. T,; Getzler, Y. D. Y. L. "Lactide Cyclopolymerization by an Alumatrane-Inspired Catalyst"Macromolecules, 2012, 45, 1118-1121.
Church, T. L.; Getzler, Y. D. Y. L.; Byrne, C. W.; Coates, G. W. "Carbonylation of heterocycles by homogeneous catalysts" Chem. Commun.. 2007, 657-674.