Matt Riehl

Matt Riehl

  • Chemistry
  • Associate Professor - Chemistry
General Chemistry I and Lab, General Chemistry II and Lab, Analytical Chemistry and Lab, Inorganic Chemistry and Lab, Physical Chemistry I and Lab, Topics in Chemistry and Lab, Research Arranged


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 MonitoringJ. 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).