Joseph Scanlon

  Joseph Scanlon



  • B.A. cum laude, Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Ind., chemistry
  • Ph. D. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, Minn., physical chemistry

Professional Activities

  • American Chemical Society member
  • MACTLAC (Midwestern Association of Chemistry Teachers at Liberal Arts Colleges)
  • MU3C (Midwestern Undergraduate Computational Chemistry Consortium)
  • Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Current Courses Taught

  • CHM 100 – Global Chemistry
  • CHM 111 – Organic Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHM 310 – Computational Chemistry
  • CHM 333 – Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics
  • CHM 334 – Physical Chemistry: Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics
  • CHM 521 – Departmental Studies: Current Topics in Chemistry Research




Awards and Honors

  • Wrestling Academic All-American (2002 and 2003), Wabash College
  • Football Academic All-American Fifth District (2002), Wabash College
  • Dean’s List, (spring 2000, fall 2002, spring 2003), Wabash College
  • Teaching Assistant of the Year Nominee, (2003-2004, 2004-2005), University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Minnesota Supercomputing Institute Travel Award (2007)



Recent Publications and Presentations

    “Substituent Effects on Coordination Energies of Alkenes and Alkynes to Au and Pd Complexes” presented at the American Chemistry Society National Meeting, Indianapolis: Sept. 10, 2013.

  • Huber, Stefan, Scanlon, Joseph D., Jimenez-Izal, Elisa, Ugalde, Jesus M. and Infante, Ivan. “On the directionality of halogen bonding.” Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2013,15, 10350-10357 Link
  • Kunishita, A.; Teraoka, J.; Scanlon, J. D.; Matsumoto, T.; Suzuki, M.; Cramer, C. J.; Itoh, S.; “Aromatic Hydroxylation Reactivity of a Mononuclear Cu(II)-Alkylperoxo Complex.” “Journal of the American Chemical Society,” 2007,129(23), 7248-7249.
  • Follett, A. D.; McNabb, K. A.; Peterson, A. A.; Scanlon, J. D.; Cramer, C. J.; McNeill, K.; “Characterization of Co-C Bonding in Dichlorovinylcobaloxime Complexes.” “Inorganic Chemistry,” 2007, 46(5), 1645-1654.
  • Kunishita, A.; Scanlon, J. D.; Honda, K.; Ogura, T.; Suzuki, M.; Cramer, C. J.; Itoh, S.; “Copper(II)–H2O2 Reactivity in Bis(2-pyridylmethyl)amine Tridentate Ligand System.”  (accepted “Inorganic Chemistry”).




Areas of Interest

  • Hydroacylation reactions catalyzed by chiral rhodium compounds
  • Formation of iridium-substrate multiple bonds
  • Coordination of alkenes and alkynes to gold and palladium complexes
  • Computational characterization of C-H bond amination by disilver catalysts
  • Determining mechanisms of reactions by biomimetic or inorganic catalysts