Jane E. Wissinger

Professor & Organic Chemistry Laboratory Director

EDUCATION

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, August 1987  – Advisor: Dr. Robert Gadwood
“Synthesis of a Degradation Product of Anadensin”
 
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
M.S. in Organic Chemistry, August 1983 - Advisor:  Dr. Herbert O. House
“Synthesis and Conformational Analysis of Selected Perhydroazulenes”
 
Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA
B.A. with Honors in Chemistry, June 1981, Magna cum Laude
Biography

Jane Wissinger is a Professor of Chemistry and Organic Chemistry Laboratory Director at the University of Minnesota. She received her B.A. from Susquehanna University, M.S. from Georgia Institute of Technology, and Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Northwestern University.  She then was employed as a research scientist at Rohm & Haas for five years where she coauthored several patents.  Wissinger began her academic career at the University of Minnesota (1998) as the organic chemistry laboratory director and lecturer and has received multiple promotions; most recently to contract full professor (2016).  Her contributions to education were recognized with a U of MN Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor award (2014).  Wissinger’s teaching and research interests focus on the development of curriculum materials for the college and high school levels that exemplify modern green chemistry methodology, advances in sustainable polymers, and guided-inquiry pedagogy.  She is a Senior Principle Investigator in the Center for Sustainable Polymers, a NSF Center for Chemical Innovation, and active in promoting green chemistry education locally and on a national level through funded projects, publications, and conferences. Her contributions to green education were honored with a 2018 ACS-CEI Award for Incorporation of Sustainability in Chemistry Education. Jane has served on a Green Chemistry Institute (GCI) committee for developing a Green Chemistry Education Roadmap and is currently working with her department and ACS groups to connect green chemistry with ACS safety initiatives. Jane is a symposia organizer at national ACS meetings and the Green Chemistry & Engineering conferences.

Jane E. Wissinger