Michael T. Wentzel

Assistant Professor

Science Hall 307
CB 122


As an organic chemist, I am interested in developing new synthetic reaction methods. I was trained as an organometallic chemist using transition metals to develop new catalytic methods. These methods involved nitrogen containing heterocycles and boronic acids as well as C-H and C-C sigma bonds. I have been at Augsburg since 2013 and worked here part-time before that while doing graduate and post-graduate work across the river at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. I am passionate about teaching and mentoring in the classroom, laboratory, and in research settings. I have been influenced greatly by my own liberal arts education and the wonderful professors I was able to learn from and work with. I appreciate that we train our students to be strong chemists with a sense of purpose and service to others.

My research group is focused on the development of green synthetic methods. Currently, we have projects using a heterogeneous catalyst in a flow system, silylation of amines for alkylation, and the synthesis of biodegradable polymers for the educational laboratories. The polymer research has been done in collaboration with the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities NSF-funded Center for Sustainable Polymers. Finally, I am extremely proud of the success of all my former group members as they continue to be successful following graduation in their lives.

I enjoy watching and playing sports including with the chemistry club intramural basketball team!


  • B.S., Creighton University, Chemistry (ACS Certified) and Philosophy, 2005
  • M.S., University of Pennsylvania, Organic Chemistry, 2007
  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Organic Chemistry, 2011

Research Interests

  • Green Chemistry and Catalysis
  • Development of chemical methods using heterogeneous catalysts in flow chemistry
  • Development of biodegradable polymer synthetic methods for the teaching laboratory
  • Silanes as protecting groups of amines facilitating alkylation and cross-couplings

Teaching Interests

  • Organic Chemistry 1 and 2 lecture and laboratory
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry lecture and laboratory
  • Integrated Science Keystone
  • Green Chemistry and Toxicology
  • The Art, Science, and History of Brewing
  • Technology and Active Learning incorporation in Chemistry Courses