Colleen Munro-Leighton

Colleen Munro-Leighton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Ph.D. in lnorganic Chemistry, North Carolina State University
Research Areas: Organometallic Chemistry, Catalysis, Green Chemistry

Dr. Munro-Leighton joined our department in the Fall of 2012. After completing her Ph.D., she went on to hold a postdoctoral appointment at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill and a Visiting Assistant Professorship at Truman State University. Her research interests include organometallic catalysis and CO2 remediation. She works with undergraduate researchers synthesizing palladium catalysts for C-H bond activation, developing environmentally friendly laboratories for organic chemistry and studying the chemistry of soap.

She teaches courses in the areas of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, synthesis, chemistry courses for first year students and first year seminar. In 2013-2014, she received the Elmhurst College President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Munro-Leighton has a Ph.D. in chemistry from North Carolina State University, Raleigh and a B.S. in Chemistry from Butler University.

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