Heather Schenck

Chemistry And Biochemistry
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Specialty area(s)

Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy; organic chemistry; organic chemistry pedagogy

Brief biography

B.A. in Music Performance, 1989, Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins Univ.  B.A. in Chemistry, 1992, Johns Hopkins Univ.  Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, 1998, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison.  Employed for 8 years at Kimberly-Clark Corp. in Neenah, WI as a Research Scientist and Patent Facilitator.  Employed at UWL since 2006.  Avid amateur gardener, woodturner and fibercraft person.

Current courses at UWL

CHM300, Survey of Organic Chemistry (lecture and lab)


Teaching history

CHM424/524, Spectroscopy

CHM305, Organic Chemistry Laboratory

CHM303, Organic Chemistry Theory I

Professional history

At Kimberly-Clark Corp. I worked as a research scientist for 18 months.  For 5.5 years following that, I worked as a patent facilitator, in the interface between inventors and patent attorneys.  In my final year with Kimberly-Clark I was designated as a competitive advantage strategist, and designed a database for developing competitive advantage strategies for products.

Research and publishing

Current and recent research efforts include synthesis of small hydroxamic acids and characterization of thermodynamic and kinetic properties of the molecules by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR); study of complex mixtures of dissolved organic carbon by NMR; and examination of pedagogy for organic chemistry, including impact of pedagogy on learning, student mindset, and motivation.

Sippl, S. P., White, P. B., Fry, C. G., Volk, S. E., Ye, L., Schenck, H. (2016) Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry, 54(1), 46-50. Kinetic and Thermodynamic Characterization of C–N Bond Rotation by N-Methylacetohydroxamic Acid in Aqueous Media. 

Sippl, S. P., Schenck, H. (2013) Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry, 51, 72-75. (Published January 7, 2013). Conformational Analysis of a Secondary Hydroxamic Acid in Aqueous Solution by NOE Spectroscopy. 

Schenck, H., Hui, K. W. (2011) Journal of Chemical Education (published by American Chemical Society); 88, 1158-1161. Self-Association of N-Methylacetamide Examined By Infrared And NMR Spectroscopies.

F.A. Syud, H.E. Stanger, H.S. Mortell, J.F. Espinosa, J.D. Fisk, C.G. Fry, S.H. Gellman J. Mol. Biol. 326, 553 (2003).  Influence of Strand Number on Antiparallel Beta-Sheet Stability in Designed Three- and Four-Stranded Beta-Sheets.

Heather L. Schenck and Samuel H. Gellman J. Am. Chem. Soc. 120, 4869 (1998).  Use of a Designed Triple-Stranded Antiparallel Beta-Sheet to Probe Beta-Sheet Cooperativity in Aqueous Solution.

Heather L. Schenck, Gregory P. Dado, and Samuel H. Gellman J. Am. Chem. Soc. 118, 12487 (1996).  Redox-Triggered Secondary Structure Changes in the Aggregated States of a Designed Methionine-Rich Peptide.


B.A. Music Performance 1989

B.A. Chemistry 1992

Ph.D. Organic Chemistry 1998