Description: Carleton College:
Description: Chemistry Department


Matthew T. Whited

Associate Professor of Chemistry



Description: Matt Whited


B.S. Chemistry, 2004 
Davidson College 

Ph.D. Chemistry, 2009 
California Institute of Technology 

Postdoctoral Fellow, 2009–2011 
University of Southern California

Contact Information:

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

Office: Music Hall 203

Phone:   (507) 222-4530 (office)
FAX:     (507) 222-4400


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Teaching Interests:

Introductory, organic, inorganic and organometallic chemistry; chemistry of energy; course-based research, adaptive expertise, guided inquiry, inclusive pedagogies.

Research and Scholarly Interests:

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.

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