• Basic Information
  • Awards & Honors
  • Publications
  • Areas of Interest
  • Professional Affiliations
  • Presentations
Joseph Scanlon

Joseph Scanlon

Professor of Chemistry, Chair of Chemistry Department

[email protected]
Office: Far 316

Basic Information


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

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 & 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)
  • Senior personnel on a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation - Major Research Instrumentation for the Midwestern Undergraduate Computational Chemistry Consortium (2019)
  • Writer and senior personnel of a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) application
    "Broadening Opportunities and Access to Computational Chemistry Research" (2019)



  • Enright, R.; Grinde, J.; Wurtz, L.; Paeth, M.; Wittman, T.; Cliff, E.; Sankari, Y.; Henningsen, L.; Tan, C.; Scanlon, J.D.; Willoughby, P.H. "Synthesis of N,O-acetals by net amide C-N bond insertion of aldehydes into N-acyl phthalimides and N-acyl azoles." Tetrahedron, 2016, 72(41), 6397–6408.
  • Rout, L., Parida, B. B., Florent, J.-C., Johannes, L., Choudhury, S. K., Phaomei, G., Scanlon, J. and Bertounesque, E. "Metal-Free Activation of a C(sp)−H Bond of Aryl Acetylenes." Chem. Eur. J., 2016, 22(42), 14812–14815.
  • Johnson, K.; Schneider, E.; Schumacher, B.; Ellern, A.; Scanlon, J.D.; Stanley, L. "Rhodium-Catalyzed, Enantioselective Intramolecular Hydroacylation of Trisubstituted Alkenes." Chem. Eur. J., 2016, 22(44) 15619-15623.
  • “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, S.; Scanlon, J. D.; Jimenez-Izal, E.; Ugalde, J. M.; Infante, I. “On the directionality of halogen bonding.” Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2013,15, 10350-10357 View Here
  • 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

Professional/Scholarly Affiliations

  • 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)


  • American Chemical Society National Meeting. Philadelphia, Penn. "Computational Characterization of the Form of Ag(phen) Catalyst for Amination and Aziridination Reactions." August 21-25, 2016.