Carleton College:
Chemistry Department

Gretchen E. Hofmeister

Associate Professor of Chemistry 



B.A. Chemistry, 1985 
Carleton College 

Ph.D. Chemistry, 1990 
University of California, Berkeley 

NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, 1990-1993 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Contact Information:

Department of Chemistry
Carleton College
1 North College Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Office: Mudd 166

Phone:   (507) 222-7203 (office)
FAX:     (507) 222-4400


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Teaching Interests:

My teaching interests are primarily in organic chemistry (with laboratory), both at the introductory and advanced level. In addition, I have taught introductory and inorganic chemistry and advanced laboratory courses in both inorganic and organic chemistry.

Research Interests:

My research concerns developing new catalysts that will selectively control the outcome of organic transformations or polymerization reactions, similarly to how biological enzymes selectively control the transformation of biological metabolites or the synthesis of biological polymers.  Most recently, I spent a sabbatical year (2008/2009) doing research in the laboratories of Karl Anker Jørgensen at the Center for Catalysis in the Department of Chemistry at Århus University in Denmark. There I learned more about the field of organocatalysis, which uses small organic molecules (such as the amino acid, proline) to catalyze selective transformations.


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