Nancy E. Carpenter Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Nancy E. Carpenter

Professor of Chemistry
University of Minnesota, Morris

I am a synthetic organometallic chemist by training and a liberal arts educator at heart. I teach courses in organic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, synthesis, the chemistry of sustainable energy and the intersection of art and science.

Subjects: Chemistry


My career as a chemist began at Alberto-Culver as a laboratory technician in personal care products R & D.  From there I moved into aerosol products R & D and, eventually, to graduate school where I worked under Dr. Anthony G.M. Barrett on novel applications of iron vinylidene complexes in synthesis.  After a post-doctoral appointment with Dr. Larry Overman during which I helped develop an asymmetric variant of the Heck reaction I accepted a position at the University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM).  UMM is a small, public, liberal arts residential undergraduate campus of the University of Minnesota where I have enjoyed teaching and carrying out research with undergraduates for over twenty years.


    B.S. Chemistry, Elmhurst College (Elmhurst, IL), 1984
    Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), 1989
    Post-doctoral appointment, University of California, Irvine, 1989

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Synthetic organometallic methodology.  Biofuels.

Personal Interests

    Cooking, gardening, sailing, knitting


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Journal of Chemical Education

Regiochemistry of Poly(3-hexylthiophene): Synthesis and Investigation of a Condu

Published: Apr 13, 2010 by Journal of Chemical Education
Authors: Ted M. Pappenfus, David L. Hermanson, Stuart G. Kohl, Jacob H. Melby, Laura M. Thoma and Nancy E. Carpenter, Demetrio A.
Subjects: Chemistry

A series of experiments for undergraduate laboratory courses (e.g., organic, polymer, inorganic) have been developed.

Journal of Chemical Education

Teaching Research: A Curriculum Model that Works

Published: Apr 09, 2009 by Journal of Chemical Education
Authors: Carpenter, N.E. and Ted M. Pappenfus
Subjects: Chemistry

A novel approach to incorporating research in the chemistry curriculum


Use of Chiral Amine Oxides for the Enantioselective Preparation of (Propargyl Al

Published: Jun 09, 1999 by Polyhedron
Authors: Carpenter, N.E., M.A. Khan and K.M. Nicholas
Subjects: Chemistry

The enantioselective preparation of (propargyl alcohol) dicobalt pentacarbonylphosphine complexes (2) via kinetic resolution with an optically active amine oxide was examined.


Selective Metal-to-Ring Alkyl Migration during Irradiation of CpFe(CO)2[CHPh(OSi

Published: Mar 20, 1999 by Organometallics
Authors: Nancy E. Carpenter, Masood A. Khan, and Kenneth M. Nicholas
Subjects: Chemistry

UV−vis irradiation of CpFe(CO)2[CHPh(OSiMe3)] in the presence of PPh3 produces η4-{exo-C5H5[CHPh(OSiMe3)]}Fe(CO)2PPh3, the product of alkyl migration from iron to the Cp ring, in good yield.


Formal [2 + 2] and [4 + 2] cycloaddition reactions of iron(II) acetylide complex

Published: Jan 01, 1990 by Organometallics
Authors: Anthony G. M. Barrett, Nancy E. Carpenter, Jacques Mortier, Michal Sabat
Subjects: Chemistry

Iron(II) acetylide complexes reacted with diphenylketene, phenylethylketene, 3,3- dimethylbutanoyl chloride, 2-chloroacrylonitrile, diketene, dimethyl methylenemalonate, and 1,3-di- cyano-1,3-butadiene to produce the corresponding formal [2 + 2] and [4 + 2] cycloadducts.

Journal of Organic Chemistry

Palladium-catalyzed polyene cyclizations of trienyl triflates

Published: Dec 01, 1989 by Journal of Organic Chemistry
Authors: Nancy E. Carpenter, David J. Kucera, Larry E. Overman

Spirotricyclic dienones are conveniently prepared by palladium-catalyzed cyclizations of enol triflate derivatives of 2-dienyl- 1,3-cyclohexanediones