Michael T. Wentzel

Assistant Professor

Science Hall 307
CB 122


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

Research Interests

  • Development of new synthetic methods and reagents particularly with transition metals.
  • Synthesis of biologically active natural products and exploring the applications at the interface of chemistry and biology.
  • Developing industrial partnerships to collaborate on ongoing projects with organic chemistry questions.
  • Developing collaborations both nationally and internationally on organic chemistry projects.

Teaching Interests

  • Developing an interactive approach to teaching organic chemistry with the use of peer-led interactive discussion groups to allow for greater material retention.
  • Mentoring undergraduate majors in preparation for graduate school and professional schools in both a laboratory and classroom setting.
  • Developing upper-level laboratory and classroom courses focusing on group work and advanced instrumentation techniques aimed at preparing majors for careers in all chemical fields.