Thomas Wenzel

Charles A. Dana Professor Emeritus

Chemistry and Biochemistry


Ph. D., University of Colorado, 1981 ; B.S., Northeastern University, 1976

Research Interests

Research interests include the development of chiral NMR shift reagents, the utilization of lanthanide ions as fluorescent chromophores for liquid chromatographic detection; and the synthesis of metal chelate polymers and their applications as selective sorbents and gas chromatographic phases.

Curricular Interests

Curricular interests include the development of active learning strategies for the introductory and analytical chemistry curriculum. These involve the use of group-learning in class and project-based laboratory experiences.

Major Awards and Honors
  • American Chemical Society National Awards
    • George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education – 2020
    • Award for Research at an Undergraduate Institution – 2010
  • The Analytical Scientist 2023 Power List – 2023
    • One of the 100 most influential people in analytical science over the past decade.
    • Ranked #3 among top 25 educators.
  • American Chemical Society Fellow – 2016
  • Camille and Henry Dreyfus Scholar – 2003-2005, 1990-1991
  • Council on Undergraduate Research Fellows Award – 2002
    • First chemist recognized with this award.
  • Analytical Division, American Chemical Society
    • J. Calvin Giddings Award for Excellence in Education – 1999
  • Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year – State of Maine – 1997