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About James Wollack, PhD

Dr. Wollack’s research spans several areas including green chemistry, non-natural enzyme substrates, click chemistry, and bioconjugation reactions. Since starting at St. Kate’s in 2010 he has involved over 25 students in these projects funded by the Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement, NSF, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. While at St. Kate’s he has co-authored five research articles and two editions of a test bank for the textbook Organic Chemistry: Principals and Mechanisms. In 2013 he facilitated St. Catherine becoming an inaugural signer of the national green chemistry commitment. He has twice served as the chair of the Minnesota section of the American Chemical Society and is a past president of the Midwest Association of Chemistry Teachers in Liberal Arts Colleges. Currently he is serving his second three-year term as a councilor for the national American Chemical Society. In 2017 he was awarded the Patricia O’ Conner Myser Award for excellence in faculty mentoring.


Present Associate Professor, St. Catherine University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Curriculum Vitae


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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 - Present Member, ACS National Membership Affairs Committee
2017 - Present Director, Great Lakes Regional meeting Board
2017 - Present Councilor, National American Chemical Society
2016 - Present General Co-Chair and organizer, 2021 Great Lakes Regional ACS meeting
2014 - Present Professional Relations Chair, MN Section of the American Chemical Society
2012 - Present Reviewer, Journal of Chemical Education
2011 - Present Chair, MIAC Faculty Athletic Representative Board
2011 - Present Member, Past President, Midwestern Association of Chemistry Teachers in Liberal Arts Colleges (MACTLAC)
2011 - Present Faculty Adviser, St. Catherine University Chemistry Club
2006 - Present Member, American Chemical Society
2019 - 2019 Annual Meeting chair, Midwestern Association of Chemistry Teachers in Liberal Arts Colleges (MACTLAC)
2017 - 2019 Chair, MN Section of the American Chemical Society
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Honors and Awards

  • Nominated for St. Catherine University Teaching and Advising Award (2012, 2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Patricia O'Connor Myser Award for Faculty Excellence, 2018
  • Honor and Awards Day Mentor 2011-2016, 2017-2021


2009 PhD, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities ‐ Chemistry
2004 BA, Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota, ‐ Chemistry

Contact Information

Phone: 651-690-6960