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About Daron E Janzen, PhD

Daron Janzen is a Professor and Carondelet Scholar in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He received his Ph.D. in the area of Inorganic chemistry. He routinely teaches General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry laboratory courses, and Advanced Inorganic Chemistry. Professor Janzen’s research foci include coordination chemistry and organometallic chemistry, X-ray crystallography, green chemistry, materials chemistry, and laboratory curriculum development. All of his scholarship involves collaborative undergraduate research, with students at St. Kate’s as well as numerous faculty and students from other Primarily Undergraduate Institutions. Professor Janzen strongly believes his scholarship informs and enhances his teaching. He also recognizes that students engage with their learning in a profound way when they are involved in high-quality publishable peer-reviewed research projects.


Present Professor, St. Catherine University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
2022 - 2022 Visiting Researcher, University of Malaga ‐ Laboratory of Prof. Juan Casado
2015 Visiting Professor, University of Otago
2004 - 2006 NSF/Grote Postdotoral Fellow, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga ‐ Department of Chemistry

Curriculum Vitae


2019 - 2022 Sustainable Solar Energy from Agricultural Plant Byproducts
Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR), State of Minnesota
Role: co-PI
Colleague(s): Prof. Ted Pappenfus, University of MN Morris
2019 - 2020 Green Mechanochemical Synthesis of Photoluminescent Materials
St. Catherine University
Academic Professional Development Committee Faculty Research and Scholarly Activities Grant
Role: PI
2019 - 2019 Donor Atom Effects in d8 Metal Complexes of Macrocyclic Ligands
St. Catherine University
Assistantship Mentoring Program - Research Assistant
Role: PI
Colleague(s): Megan Moberg
2014 - 2015 Incorporation of green chemistry theory across the St. Catherine University chemistry curriculum
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Role: co-PI
Colleague(s): Prof. James Wollack, Prof. John Dwyer, Prof. Kim Ha
2011 - 2014 MRI Consortium: Acquisition of a Single-Crystal X-ray Diffractometer for a Regional PUI Molecular Structure Facility
National Science Foundation - 1125975
Major Research Instrumentation
Role: PI
Colleague(s): Prof. Ted Pappenfus, Prof. James Wollack, Prof. Alicia Peterson, Prof. Steven Drew
2009 - 2011 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and the Fundamental Concept of Molecular Structure
National Science Foundation
Course Curriculum and Instruction program
Role: PI
Colleague(s): Prof. James Wollack, Prof. John Dwyer, Prof. Gina Mancini Samuelson
2010 - 2010 Visible Light Spectroscopy – Practical Classroom and Field Use
Pittsburgh Conference
Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grant
Role: PI
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2021 - Present NASA Space Grant Scholarship Review Committee, St. Catherine University
2020 - Present Allocation and Compensation Committee Member, St. Catherine Universtiy
2017 - Present Meyser Faculty Excellence Award in Mentoring Committee, St. Catherine University
2012 - Present Collaborative Research Advisory Committee, St. Catherine University
1995 - Present Member, American Chemical Society
2021 - 2021 Symposium Organizer, Presider, Great Lakes Regional Meeting of the ACS, St. Catherine University
2021 - 2021 Workshop Facilitator, Great Lakes Regional Meeting of the ACS, St. Catherine University
2020 - 2021 Search Committee Chair for physical chemistry tenure track faculty hire, St. Catherine University
2018 - 2019 Academic Professional Development Committee, St. Catherine University
2015 - 2018 Chair, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, St. Catherine University
2015 - 2018 University Faculty, Evaluation, Promotion and Tenure Committee, St. Catherine University
2017 - 2017 NSF-MRI X-ray Diffraction Panel Reviewer, St. Catherine University
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Honors and Awards

  • Endowed Chair in the Sciences. (2012-2015)
  • Patricia O’Connor Myser Award in Faculty Mentoring 2017
  • Carol Easley Denny Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Community Service, St. Catherine University
  • 2021 Finalist for a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award for New Zealand (not selected)


  • CHEM2020 Organic Chemistry II Lab
  • CHEM2010 Organic Chemistry I Lab
  • CHEM4994 Topics: Practical X-ray Crystallography
  • CHEM4000 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM1120 General Chemistry II with Lab
  • CHEM1110 General Chemistry I with Lab


2004 PhD, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities ‐ Department of Chemistry
1996 BS. Chemistry, Summa Cum Laude, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

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Published Journal Articles (77)