Rebecca Black

Assistant Professor of Chemistry - Chemistry - Natural Sciences

Rebecca Black
  • Phone: (941) 487-4368
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  • Office Location: E221A
  • Mail Location: Heiser E172C

Ph.D., The University of Chicago
M.S., The University of Chicago
B.A., Augustana College

Academic/Research Interests:

Rebecca Black has a background in polymerization catalysis and synthetic organometallic chemistry. Her current research interests lie in developing new organic ligands and transition metal catalysts for acceptorless dehydrogenation, a clean organic synthetic method that generates hydrogen gas as its only byproduct. Other research interests include developing assessable methods for students to build their chemical literacy — from science news articles to peer-reviewed science journals. Her teaching interests include Organic chemistry, transition metal catalysis, polymer science, NMR spectroscopy and structure elucidation,  the history of science, and chemistry in art.

Course Offerings
  • Organic Chemistry 1
  • Transition Metal Catalysis for Organic & Polymer Synthesis
Selected Publications

  • Black, R. E. and Jordan, R. F. “Synthesis and Reactivity of Palladium(II) Alkyl Complexes that Contain Phosphine-cyclopentanesulfonate Ligands.” Organometallics 2017, 363415-3428.   DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.7b00572
  • Dragisich, V.; Keller, V.; Black, R.; Heaps, C. W.; Kamm, J. M.; Olechnowicz, F.; Raybin, J.; Rombola, M.; Zhao, M. “Development of an Advanced Training Course for Teachers and Researchers in Chemistry.” J. Chem. Educ., 2016, 93, 1211-1216. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.5b00578