Chemistry Department: Joel W. Gohdes

Joel W. Gohdes, Assistant Professor Inorganic Chemistry at Pacific University

Joel W. Gohdes

Associate Professor Inorganic Chemistry
Office: Strain 108
Phone:(503) 352-2028
FAX: (503) 352-2933


B.A. Chemistry, Carlton College (1985)
Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry, University of California,
Berkeley (1991)

Post-doctoral work:  Harvard University and Los Alamos National Laboratory




Fall 2011: Spring 2012:

CHEM 220  General Chemistry I

CHEM 330  Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry

CHEM 486/495 Capstone Research/Research


CHEM 230 General Chemistry II

CHEM 438 Bioinorganic Chemistry

CHEM 460 Environmental Chemistry

CHEM 489 Capstone: Project



Previous Courses

Research Interests

Professor Gohdes is an inorganic chemist with interests in catalysis and bioinorganic chemistry, trying to understand how the local chemical environment affects selectivity and reactivity of metal centers. Earlier he studied the role of manganese in biological systems and nitrogen fixing enzymes. Later at Los Alamos National Laboratory he worked on the environmental restoration of lead and uranium contaminated soils.

Recent Publications

Disalvo, D.; Dellinger, D.B.; and Gohdes, J.W. "Catalytic Epoxidations of Styrene Using a Manganese Functionalized Polymer" Reactive and Functional Polymers, 53(2-3), 2002, 103-112.

Gohdes, Joel W.; Duran, Brandy L.; Clark, Noline C.; Robison, Thomas W.; Smith, Barbara F.; and Sauer, Nancy N. “Synthesis and Metal Binding properties of Novel Sulfur-Containing Water Soluble Polymers” Separation Science and Technology, 36(12), 2001, 2647-2658.

Smith, B. F., Robison, T. W., Gohdes, J. W., “Water Soluble Polymers and Composition Thereof” U. S. Patent no. 5,891,956, granted April 6, 1999.

Allen, P.; Bucher, J.J.; Clark, D.L.; Edelstein, N.M.; Ekberg, S.A.; Gohdes, J.W.; Hudson, E.A.; Kaltsoyannis, N.; Lukens, W.; Neu, M.P.; Palmer, P.D.; Reich, T.; Shuh, D.K.; Tait, C.D.; Zwick, B.D. "Multinuclear NMR, Raman, EXAFS, and X-ray Diffraction Studies of Uranyl Carbonate Complexes in Near-neutral Aqueous Solution. X-ray Structure of [C(NH2)3]6[(UO2)3(CO3)6]•6.5 H2O, Inorg. Chem. 1995, 34, 4797.


Recent Presentations

" The synthesis and catalytic activity of a novel iron(II) molecularly imprinted polymer," Adam Glass and Joel Gohdes, Inorganic Poster session, 231st National American Chemical Society Meeting, Atlanta, GA, March 2006

" Complexes covalently bound to silica surfaces: a new approach to a dioxygen-binding catalyst," Erik Yukl and Joel Gohdes, 229st National American Chemical Society Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 2005

" Synthesis and dioxygen reactivity of a copper-containing polymer," Justin Crossland and Joel Gohdes, 227st National American Chemical Society Meeting, Anaheim, CA, March 2004

" Synthesis and characterization of a series of copper dimers: progress toward realizing functional models of hemocyanin," Erik Yukl and Joel Gohdes, 227st National American Chemical Society Meeting, Anaheim, CA, March 2004

"Polymer Stabilized Copper Complexes: Mimicking the O2 Transport Protein Hemocyanin," Ryan Gibbard, Adam Goldblum, Ilsa Johanson and Joel Gohdes, 225st National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, March 2003

"Synthesis and Characterization of a Series of Copper Dimers: Progress Toward Realizing Functional Models of Hemocyanin". Goldblum, A.A.; Huffman, J.C.; Gohdes, J.W, 223st National Meeting, Orlando, FL, March 2002

“Synthesis, Spectroscopy and Structure of a Unique, Four-coordinate Copper Monomer”, Johanson, I., M.; Gohdes, J.W., 221st National Meeting, San Diego, March 2001.