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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

2022-2023 Academic Year

Fall 2022

CHEM 241 Organic Chemistry I with Lab
The major focus of this course is on the reactivities of organic and inorganic molecules; this is an extension of the study of the covalent bond that was studied in Chemistry 131/132 or 141. . Topics include reaction types and mechanisms, stereochemistry, nomenclature, and spectroscopic methods. Laboratory work involves the synthesis, analysis and identification of organic and inorganic molecules. Three hours classroom and four hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: 132 or 141.