Matt Riehl

ProfessorChemistry Department

Dr. Matthew E. Riehl is a Professor in the Chemistry department.


The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, October 1994 Thesis: “Organometallic Compounds Related to Alkene Polymerization Catalysts: Cationic Nickel(II) Alkyls and Hafnium(III) Dimers” Advisor: Professor Gregory S. Girolami

Research Interests

During my sabbatical (spring semester 2011), I worked in the laboratory of Dr. Wenbin Lin at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where I was involved in the development of photocatalysts incorporated into a stable and porous polymer material. Incorporating photocatalytic ruthenium centers into an insoluble catalyst facilitates the recovery and reuse of the catalyst as well as prevents contamination of the product with catalyst.


  • American Chemical Society
  • Midwest Association of Chemistry Teachers at Liberal Arts Colleges


Determination of Biochemical Oxygen Demand of Area Waters – A Bioassay Procedure for Environmental Monitoring.  J. Chem. Educ. 2012, 89, 807 – 811; View on ACS Publications Determination of Pungent Principles in Black Pepper Oleoresin by UV/Vis, HPLC, and GC: A Comparative Study.  Manuscript in preparation (for submission to the Journal of Chemical Education).

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