Department of Chemistry

College of Letters & Science
Chad Wilkinson

Email address: wilkinson@chem.wisc.edu

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Gen Chem Lab Director

B.S. 1999, Baylor University                        
Ph.D. 2005, Texas A&M University

Research Description

My role in the department is to provide direction for all aspects of the general and inorganic chemistry laboratories. This includes training teaching assistants, organizing semester experiment schedules, and development of new experiments to advance our curriculum. I assist faculty with incorporating the laboratory experience of students into their lecture material.

Laboratory development has led to experiments introduced to students that are unique to UW-Madison.  Examples include the determination of 210Po in cigarette tobacco and the use of computational software to compare and contrast VSEPR theory with molecular orbital theory.  Something new is always in the works as my colleagues and I strive to bring interesting and cutting-edge experiences to students that will be beneficial to their future careers.

Awards and Honors

Early Career Award, College of Letters & Science 2013

Selected Publications

Chiarella GM, F. Cotton A, Ibragimov SA, Murillo CA, Wilkinson CC, Young MD. Syntheses of very soluble alkylated bicyclic guanidinate ligands and structural characterization of a dipalladium paddlewheel. Polyhedron [Internet]. 2013;58:7 - 12. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277538712003312
F. Cotton A, Murillo CA, Wang X, Wilkinson CC. Increasing the solubility of strong reducing agents containing Mo24+ units and alkyl-substituted guanidinate ligands. Dalton Trans. [Internet]. 2007;:3943-3951. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/B707201E
F. Cotton A, Murillo CA, Wang X, Wilkinson CC. Strong reducing agents containing dimolybdenum Mo24+ units and their oxidized cations with Mo25+/6+ cores stabilized by bicyclic guanidinate anions with a seven-membered ring. Dalton Trans. [Internet]. 2006;:4623-4631. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/B608422B
F Cotton A, Murillo CA, Wang X, Wilkinson CC. Homologues of the easily ionized compound Mo2(hpp)4 containing smaller bicyclic guanidinates. Inorg Chem. 2006;45(14):5493-500.
F. Cotton A, Durivage JC, Gruhn NE, Lichtenberger DL, Murillo CA, Van Dorn LO, et al. Photoelectron Spectroscopy and DFT Calculations of Easily Ionized Quadruply Bonded Mo24+ Compounds and Their Bicyclic Guanidinate Precursors†. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B [Internet]. 2006;110:19793-19798. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jp061820m