Joel Gohdes, PhD

Professor, Department Chair
UC Box 
Murdock 112 (Forest Grove)

Course Information

At Pacific University, all faculty teach a variety of different courses. Typically, we do not use graduate teaching assistants, which means that your classes will be taught by professors and that you will have plenty of opportunities to get to know the faculty in your discipline.

Below I have listed some of the courses that I teach. We are always developing and trying out new classes, so the list may change now and then.

CHEM 220 | General Chemistry I

CHEM 230 | General Chemistry II

CHEM 330 | Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry

CHEM 438 | Bioinorganic Chemistry

CHEM 460 | Environmental Chemistry

CHEM 486/495 | Capstone Research/Research

CHEM 489 | Capstone: Project


Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, Carleton College, Northfield, Minn., in 1985

PhD Inorganic Chemistry, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, Calif., in 1991

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

Research Interests

I am 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, I studied the role of manganese in biological systems and nitrogen fixing enzymes. Later at Los Alamos National Laboratory, I worked on the environmental restoration of lead and uranium contaminated soils.

Recent Publications

Gohdes, J. W., Zakharov, L., Tyler, D.R., “Structure and reactivity of iron(II) complexes of a polymerizable bis-phosphine ligand,” Polyhedron, in press, doi: 10.1016/j.poly.2012.06.050, 2012

Gohdes, J. W., Zakharov, L., Tyler, D.R. “trans-Bis(acetonitrile-κ N)bis{1,2-bis[bis(3-hydroxypropyl)phosphino]ethane-κ2P, P′}iron(II) dichloride” Acta Crystallogr E Struct Rep Online, 65(7), 2009, m776-m776

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

Recent Student Posters

"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, Calif., March 2005

"Synthesis and dioxygen reactivity of a copper-containing polymer," Justin Crossland and Joel Gohdes, 227st National American Chemical Society Meeting, Anaheim, Calif., 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, Calif., 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, Fla., March 2002

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


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