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Faculty Profile

Michael Holden

(he/him/his)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

2021-2022 Academic Year

Spring 2022

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 Organic Lab Investigations
This course is a project- and literature-based study of the organic laboratory. It is intended for students who desire to learn more about the techniques and theory of the organic lab.