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  • Jane E. Wissinger

    Distinguished University Teaching Professor, Organic Lab Director

    • Environmental & Green Chemistry, Green and Sustainable Technologies
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Polymer Chemistry
    • B.A. Susquehanna University, 1981
    • M.S. Georgia Institute of Technology, 1983
    • Ph.D. Northwestern University, 1987
    Office: 468A Kolthoff Hall

Principal Research Interests

Our research interests focus on the development of organic chemistry laboratory experiments and curriculum materials for the college and high school levels that exemplify modern green chemistry methodology, advances in sustainable polymers, and guided-inquiry pedagogy.  One example is the development of a new green oxidation procedure for the undergraduate organic teaching laboratories using Oxone® and a catalytic amount of sodium chloride for the conversion of borneol to camphor, both natural products.1  Also developed in our labs is a novel sustainable polymer experiment which involves the synthesis of a triblock polymer from a naturally occurring lactone and L-lactide.2 This all renewable thin, film polymer can be analyzed by 1H NMR analysis and has been successfully performed by thousands of students in our organic chemistry laboratory course.

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1Lang, P. T.; Harned, A. M.; Wissinger, J. E. "Oxidation of Borneol to Camphor using Oxone®and Catalytic NaCl:  A Green Experiment for the Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Laboratory J. Chem. Ed. 2011, 88, p. 652.
2Schneiderman, D. K.; Gilmer, C.; Wentzel, M. T.; Martello, M. T.; Kubo, T.; Wissinger, J. E. "Sustainable Polymers in the Organic Chemistry Laboratory: Synthesis and Characterization of a Renewable Polymer from δ-Decalactone and L-Lactide" J. Chem. Educ. 2014, 91, p. 131.

Honors and Awards

  • Institute on the Environment Educator, December 2017 to January 2019
  • Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education, 2014

Mailing Address

  • Jane E. Wissinger, University of Minnesota, Department of Chemistry
  • E-6, 139 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St SE
  • Minneapolis, MN 55455-0431