Joshua Neukom

Associate Lecturer
Chemistry And Biochemistry

Specialty area(s)

Organic Chemistry, Organometallic Chemistry

Brief biography

I am originally from Illinois and attended college at DePaul University (Chicago, IL). After 2 years working for the U.S. EPA as an intern, I decided to go back to school to purse a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry (The University of Michigan--Ann Arbor, 2011) after I became passionate about that subject and about teaching. After teaching a variety of chemistry classes for 2 years at Carthage College (Kenosha, WI), I started at UW-L in 2015. I currently teach CHM 305 and CHM 300L. When I am not teaching, you can probably find me spending time with my dog Minnie, pushing the limits of my slow-cooker, jogging, and watching sporting events. But, not all at the same time!

Current courses at UWL

CHM 305

CHM 300L

Teaching history

The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI, GSI/GAANN Fellow (2006-2011)
Carthage College, Kenosha, WI, Assistant Professor of Chemistry (2013-2015)

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Associate Lecturer (2015-present)

Professional history

United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5 CRL, Chicago, IL, Intern (2004-2006)
Carthage College, Kenosha, WI, Assistant Professor of Chemistry (2013-2015)

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Associate Lecturer (2015-present)

Research and publishing

My previous publications are grouped under:

(1) development of new methods for the synthesis of nitrogen-containing heterocycles (pyrrolidines and benzodiazepines)

(2) mechanistic and kinetic studies into organometallic reactions (alkene insertion reactions)

(3) misc, including an LC-MS/MS article in Talanta as well as a book chapter.

My research interests are mostly in synthetic organic chemistry (methods), organometallic reaction mechanisms, and catalysis.

Education

B.S. Chemistry - DePaul University, Chicago, IL (2004)
Ph.D. Organic Chemistry - The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI (2011)