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B.S. University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI – Chemistry - 2000
Ph.D. University of Washington, Seattle, WA – Inorganic Chemistry – 2005

Related Experience

Visiting Assistant Professor, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA (2005 – 2008)
Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California – Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA (2008- 2010)
Senior Lecturer, University of Wisconsin - Fox Valley, Menasha, WI (2010 – 2011)


Chem 103 General Chemistry I
Chem 104 General Chemistry II
Chem 218 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry
Chem 318 Bioinorganic Chemistry
Chem 420 Advanced Synthesis Laboratory

Research Interests

Inorganic/Organic Synthesis, Bioinorganic Chemistry and Chemical Education
Synthesis and Characterization of Flavothionato Metal Complexes to be used as Photoreactive Pesticides
Synthesis and Characterization of Model Complexes for Dioxygenase Metalloenzymes
Investigation of Student Attitudes and Understanding in General Chemistry
Interactive Learning and Assessment Strategies in Chemistry

Selected publications

Butler, A. and Theisen, R. M. "Iron(III)-Siderophore Coordination Chemistry: Reactivity of Marine Siderophores," Coord. Chem. Rev. 2010, 254, 288-296.

Lugo-Mas, P.; Taylor, W.D.; Schweitzer, D.; Theisen, R.M.; Xu, L.; Shearer, J.; Swartz, R.D.; Gleaves, M.C.; DiPasquale, A.; Kaminsky, W.; Kovacs, J.A.  "Properties of Square-Pyramidal Alkyl-Thiolate FeIII-Complexes, Including an Analogue of the Unmodified Form of Nitrile Hydratase," Inorg. Chem. 2008, 47, 11228-11236.

Theisen, R.M.; Kovacs, J.A.  "The Role of Protons in Superoxide Reduction by a Superoxide Reductase Analogue." Inorg. Chem. 2005, 44, 1169-1171.

Theisen, R. M.; Shearer, J.; Kaminsky W.; Kovacs, J. A.  "Steric and Electronic Control Over the Reactivity of a Thiolate–Ligated Fe(II) Complex with Dioxygen and Superoxide. Reversible µ-oxo Dimer Formation." Inorg. Chem. 2004, 43, 7682-7690.

Fitch, S.; Theisen, R.; Shearer, J.; Kitagawa, T.; Scarrow, R.; and Kovacs, J.  "Understanding the Mechanism of Superoxide Reduction by the Non–Heme Iron Enzyme Superoxide Reductase (SOR) using a Synthetic Analogue Approach." J. Inorg. Biochem. 2003, 96, 23.