Brisbois is a synthetic chemist. His research interests include leveraging the power
of synthetic methodology for the synthesis and design of organic natural products and
theoretically interesting unnatural products. 

He has worked with the 3M Company Biomaterials Technology Center investigating the
synthesis and photophysical properties of novel, highly fluorescent compounds which are
incorporated into systems for DNA analysis. He has also developed elementary and high
school science outreach programs for students and their parents. 

In 1993, President Clinton designated him a Presidential Faculty Fellow, a five-year
award given to support teaching and research efforts. 

EDUCATION: B.A., Hamline University Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

Brisbois has been teaching at Macalester since 2000. 



Thermal, non-catalyzed Huisgen cycloaddition for the preparation of 4,5-bis(trimethylsilyl)-1H-1,2,3-triazoles (with A. M. Bergan, A. J. Ellison, P. Y. Griffin, K. C. Hackbarth, and S. R. Larson), Tetrahedron Letters (2013)


A role for the root cap in root branching revealed by the non-auxin probe naxillin (with B. De Rybel, D. Audenaert, W. Xuan, P. Overvoorde, L. C. Strader, S. Kepinski, R. Hoye, B. Parizot, S. Vanneste, X. Liu, A. Gilday, I. A. Graham, L. Nguyen, L. Jansen, M. F. Njo, D. Inze, B. Bartel, and T. Beeckman), Nature Chemical Biology (2012)


Undergraduate Context Sessions: How to Help Undergraduates Get More out of Professional Meetings (with I. D. Reingold, K. C. Russel, N. Mills, T. Mitzel, K. Mondanaro, and J. Katz), CUR Quarterly (2008)


One-pot synthesis of symmetrical and unsymmetrical bisarylethynes by a modification of the Sonogashira coupling reaction (with K. L. Hull, C. J. Markworth, P. A. Grieco, M. Mio, L. Kopel, J. Braun, and T. L. Gadzikwa), Organic letters (2002)


A nano-scale barrel and cube: Transition metal-mediated self- assembly of CpCoCb-derived ligand scaffolds (with S. C. Johannessen), Journal of the American Chemical Society (2001)


Applications of Bis(trimethylsilyl)acetylene in 1,2,3-Triazole Synthesis (with G. Putka, J. Cutter, F. Gwandu, and A. Johnson), 35 th Reaction Mechanisms Conference (2014)

Applications of Bis(trimethylsilyl)acetylene in 1,2,3-Triazole Synthesis (with J. Cutter, F. Gwandu, and A. Johnson), 43rd National Organic Symposium (2013)

Synthesis of Anion Binding Molecules: Potential Chemical Sensors (with S. Larson, L. Erickson, and H. Haley), 34th Reaction Mechanisms Conference, (2012)

Development and Application of "Desilylative Click" Methodology (with H Haley and L Erickson), 2nd National Organic Symposium (2011)

Optimization of "Desilylative Click" Methodology and Application to Synthesis of 4,5'-bis-1,2,3-Triazoles (with A Ellison and D Mohktari), 42nd National Organic Symposium (2011)