Chemistry Department

Liz U. Gron, Ph.D.

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Liz U. Gron, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry

Executive Director of Advising and Academic Success Student Life and Technology Center - Room 206 (501) 450-1246 Green Chemistry at Hendrix

Academic Background

  • B.A., Colgate University, 1982
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1987

2020-2021 Courses

  • CHEM 120: General Chemistry II: Chemical Analysis & Reactivity
  • CHEM 440: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 450: Directed Research

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Green Chemistry

Advising Specialties

  • Chemistry


  • American Chemical Society, Inorganic Division, since 1983.

    • Session Chair
      • Catalysis Section A, 206th ACS National Meeting, Chicago 1993
      • Catalysis Section D, 215th ACS National Meeting, Dallas 1998
    • Committee for National Chemistry Week - Milwaukee Section of ACS, 1988
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science: since 1988.
  • Council on Undergraduate Research: since 1994.
  • Project Kaleidoscope: Member of Faculty for the 21st Century and presenter at numerous workshops
  • Gordon Research Conferences

    • "Environmental Benign Organic Synthesis," Poster Session Chair, July 1996
    • "Organometallic Chemistry," July 1998, July 1999
    • "Chemical Education," January 2001
  • Greener Educational Materials Network – Ambassador Site: representative and founding member

Awards and Honors

  • Green Chemistry: Diels-Alder Reactions in High Temperature Water, The Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society, awarded May 2004.
  • A Proposal to Strengthen the Physical Sciences at Hendrix College through Research and Recruitment Research Corporation, L. U. Gron (PI), Co-PIs David Hales, Robert Dunn, and Ann Wright, Research Corporation, awarded May 2004.
  • Educating Green Citizens and Scientists for a Sustainable Future; Liz U. Gron (PI), with M. Warfield Teague (co-PI), National Science Foundation –DUE-CCLI-Phase I, awarded May 2007.

Publications (undergraduate co-authors are bolded)

  • "How to recognize success and failure: Practical assessment of a laboratory program for teaching green, analytical skills to first-year students," L. U. Gron, S. B. Bradley, J. R. McKenzie , S. E. Williams , and M. W. Teague  J. Chem. Ed. 2013 , 694-699.
  • "Effect of garlic-derived organosulfur compounds on mitochondrial function and integrity in isolated mouse liver mitochondria," A. A. Caro, L. W. Adlong , S. J. Crocker , M. W. Gardner , E. F. Luikart , L. U. Gron, Toxicology Letters , 214, 2012 , 166-174 .
  • "Green analytical chemistry: Application and education," Liz U. Gron, In Green Chemistry Education: Changing the Course of Chemistry ; Anastas, P. T., Levy, I. J., Parent, K. E.; Ed . ACS Symposium Series #1011, American Chemical Society: Washington, 2009, pp 103-116.
  • "Sustain the green revolution: educating scientists and citizens," L. U. Gron, Chimica Oggi,/Chemistry Today , 25, 2007, 11-13.
  • “Creating research-rich curriculum with an integrated upper-level undergraduate laboratory program,” L. U. Gron, D. A. Hales, and M. W. Teague, J. Chem. Ed. 2007, 1343-1347.
  •  "Green analytical methodologies," L. H. Keith, L. U. Gron, and J. L. Young Chem. Rev. 107, 2007 , 2695-2708.
  • "Hendrix Chemistry Labs Show Their True Color " L. Rodwell, T. Goodwin, and L. Gron HENDRIX: A Magazine for Alumni and Friends, 16, 2003, 14-17.
  • "Heck reactions in hydrothermal, sub-critical water: water density as an important reaction variable," L. U. Gron, J. E. LaCroix , C. J. Higgins , K. L. Steelman , A. S. TinsleyTetrahedron Letters , 40(49), 2001, 8555-8557.
  • "Tailoring Aqueous Solvents for Organic Reactions: Heck Coupling Reactions in High Temperature Water," L. U. Gron and A. S. Tinsley   Tetrahedron Letters, 40(2) , 1999, 227-230.


  • Educating environmentally responsible citizens and scientists through green, environmental chemistry with Warfield Teague and Shelly Bradley,American Chemical Society, San Diego, CA, March 2005.
  • “Where do we go from here: Educating Green Citizens and Scientists”invited talk,Green Chemistry and Engineering Education Workshop, Chemical Sciences Roundtable, National Academies of Science, Washington, DC November 2005.

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