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Dickinson is remote for the fall. Prospective students may contact our admissions office and schedule a visit. Campus buildings are closed. Face coverings are required on campus.

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Faculty Profile

Michael Holden

Professor of Chemistry; Alfred Victor duPont Chair in Chemistry (1989)

Contact Information

James Hall - Rector Complex Room 2225


His interests are in the area of organotransitionmetal-mediated synthesis of organic compounds. Presently, his research is focusing on the development of new reactions involving an easily accessible organo-iron system. Another ongoing effort is the development of microscale laboratories for organotransitionmetal chemistry.


  • B.S., Allegheny College, 1980
  • Ph.D., Colorado State University, 1985

2019-2020 Academic Year

Spring 2020

CHEM 242 Organic Chemistry II with Lab
This course continues the study of the reactivities of organic and inorganic molecules started in 241. Particular emphasis is placed on unsaturated systems. Laboratory work continues investigations into the synthesis, analysis, and identification of organic and inorganic molecules begun in 241. Three hours classroom and four hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: 241.

CHEM 490 Bioorganic Chemistry
Bioorganic chemistry covers the organic chemistry of biological processes, looking at transformations that occur within cells. Particular attention will be given to how bacterial cell walls are formed and the methods by which antibiotics break down those walls.

CHEM 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch