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Matt Whited

Associate Professor of Chemistry, Chemistry
Chair of Chemistry, Chemistry

Education & Professional History

Davidson College, BS; California Institute of Technology, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Southern California (2009-2011)

Visiting Scholar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2022)

At Carleton since 2010.

Highlights & Recent Activity

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:

  • Elucidation of new mechanisms for transforming small molecules (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, dinitrogen, alkanes, etc.) using reactive metal complexes featuring metal/silicon (and other metal/main-group) bonds
  • 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)
  • Development of resources and modules for incorporating X-ray crystallography into the undergraduate curriculum
  • 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.

I maintain strong interests in faculty development and mentoring and have been involved in local and national efforts in this area; I am also committed to implementing and testing (and helping others implement and test) evidence-based, inclusive pedagogies in the classroom and laboratory. My passions for student/faculty collaborative research and developing authentic and well-integrated interdisciplinary connections (within and outside STEM fields) feed into my current roles as Chemistry Department Chair, Director of Carleton’s Integrated STEM Program, and member of the Advancing the Liberal Arts task force for the ‘Carleton 2033’ strategic plan.


Recent Awards and Recognition

  • Featured author in ACS Virtual Select Issue: “Undergraduate Research: Contributions to Organometallic Chemistry”
  • Cottrell Scholar
  • Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar
  • “New Talent: Americas” (Dalton Transactions)
  • NSF-CAREER Awardee


Recent Grants

  • NSF-CHE – “RUI: CAS-SC: Promoting Group-Transfer Reactions at Metal/Main-Group Bonds” (2023–2026)
  • NSF-CHE – “ROA: Cation-Controlled Catalysis with Pincer-Crown Ether Complexes” (2022, w/ PI Prof. Alex Miller, UNC-Chapel Hill)
  • NSF-CHE – “Chemistry Early Career Investigator Workshop” (2018, co-organized w/ Prof. Gordana Dukovic, CU-Boulder)
  • NSF-CAREER Award (2016–2023, funded through the SusChEM initiative)
  • ACS Petroleum Research Fund Undergraduate Research Award (2015–2018)
  • NSF-MRI: Acquisition of a 400 MHz NMR Spectrometer (w/ Alberg/Hofmeister, 2014–2017)
  • RCSA Cottrell College Science Award (2011–2014)
  • ACS Petroleum Research Fund Undergraduate New Investigator Award (2011–2014)


Professional Interests

  • adaptive expertise, admissions, catalysis, chemistry of energy, course-based research experiences, crystallography, faculty development, financial aid, fundraising, grant writing, inorganic chemistry, inorganic photochemistry, organic chemistry, organic materials, organometallic chemistry, science policy


Organizations & Scholarly Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society (Divisions of Inorganic Chemistry, Fluorine Chemistry, and Chemical Education)
  • Interactive Online Network of Inorganic Chemists (IONiC)
  • Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)
  • Cottrell Scholars Collaborative

Current Courses

  • Fall 2022
    CHEM 394: Student-Faculty Research
  • Winter 2023
    CHEM 394: Student-Faculty Research
    CHEM 400: Integrative Exercise
  • Spring 2023
    CHEM 351: Inorganic Chemistry
    CHEM 352: Laboratory in Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
    CHEM 390: Independent Reading
    CHEM 394: Student-Faculty Research
    CHEM 400: Integrative Exercise
  • Fall 2023
    CHEM 233: Organic Chemistry I and Lab