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Kerry BrenoKerry Breno

Associate Professor
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.4302
Fax: 509.777.4943
Office Location: Robinson Science Hall 304


Ph.D. University of Oregon
M.S. University of Oregon
B.S. University of Portland

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty


Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Organic and inorganic chemistry

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors

National Science Foundation IGERT Fellowship (2003-04); Department of Education GAANN Teacher/Scholar Fellowship (2000-03); William C. Wilson Award for Outstanding Chemistry Student (1998); the American Institute of Chemists Foundation Outstanding Senior Student Award (1998).

Publications include: Lead author of "Organometallic chemistry in aqueous solution: Reactions catalyzed by water-soluble molybdocenes" published in Coordination Chemistry Reviews (2006); lead author of "Aqueous Phase Organometallic Catalysis Using (McCp)2Mo(OH)(H20)+. Intramolecular Attack of Hydroxide on Organic Substrates," submitted to Organometallics; lead author of "Organometallic Chemistry in Aqueous Solution.Hydration of Nitriles to Amides Catalyzed by a Water-Soluble Molybdocene" in Organometallics (2003).

Presentations include: "Synthesis, Characterization and Catalytic Activity of ansa-bridged Cyclopentadienyl Chromium Complexes for Aqueous Polymerization," at the 237th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, Oral Presentation in Division of Inorganic Chemistry (2009); co-presented with Drew Budner, "Institutionalizing STEM Experiential Learning at Whitworth University," at the Council on Undergraduate Research National Meeting, College of Saint Benedict (2008); "Spiral Approach to Teaching Organic Chemistry," at the Washington College Chemistry Teachers Association Conference (2007); co-presented a poster, "Synthesis and Characterization of Cyclopentadienyl Chromium Complexes," at the annual Murdock College Science Research Program Conference, Willamette University (2007); student-research poster presentation, Anderson, Jon; Schlilaty, Amy; Breno, K.L.; "Organometallic Chromium Complexes," Murdock College Science Research Program Conference, University of Portland (2005).

Presented "Modern Qualitative Analysis via Name Reactions in the Organic Chemistry Lab" to the Washington College Chemistry Teachers Association (2005); "Intramolecular Hydroxide Attach in Homogeneous Molybdocene Catalyzed Reactions in Aqueous Solution" presented at the National American Chemical Society Meeting, New York, NY (2003); poster on "Altering the Catalytic Activity of Homogeneous Molybdocene Catalysts in Aqueous Solution" presented at the 2003 Materials Science Symposium, Timberline Lodge, Ore. (2003).

Received the Collaborative Teaching Award from Whitworth in 2010.

Received a grant from the National Science Foundation for NSF Scholars: Training Tomorrow's Scientists Today (2010); received a STEM Summer Research Fellowship from Whitworth (2010).