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Joshua Neukom

Teaching Associate Professor
Chemistry & Biochemistry
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Specialty area(s)

Organic Chemistry | Organometallic Chemistry | Physical Organic Chemistry | Synthesis | NMR Spectroscopy

Brief biography

I am originally from Waukegan, Illinois and attended college at DePaul University (Chicago, IL, B.S. 2004). After two years working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a paid 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 two years at Carthage College (Kenosha, WI) as a Visiting Assistant Professor, I started at UWL in 2015. I currently teach CHM 305 and CHM 302 most semesters. When not teaching, you can probably find me setting up the organic labs, spending time with my dog Minnie, exercising, pushing the limits of my slow-cooker, watching old Monty Python skits/searching for the perfect shrubbery, and finding the humor in just about any situation.

Current courses at UWL

CHM 305

CHM 302

Education

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

Career

Teaching history

The University of Michigan | Ann Arbor, MI | Graduate Student Instructor / GAANN Fellow | (2006-2011)
Carthage College | Kenosha, WI | Visiting Assistant Professor | (2013-2015)

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse | Lecturer/Associate Teaching Professor | (2015-present)

Professional history

United States Environmental Protection Agency | Region 5 Central Regional Laboratory | Chicago, IL | ORISE Intern | (2004-2006)
Carthage College | Kenosha, WI | Visiting Assistant Professor | (2013-2015)

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse | Lecturer/Associate Teaching Professor | (2015-present)

Research and publishing

I don't perform research at present, but my previous publications are grouped primarily 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)

My research interests could be defined broadly as organometallic catalysis and synthetic organic methodology.