Matthew J. Mio teaches organic chemistry at the University of Detroit Mercy. His research focuses on new transition metal catalyzed cross-coupling reactions. Projects include exploring both the mechanism and synthetic capabilities of these reactions, with particular emphasis on the generation of phenylacetylenes for use in nanoelectronics and supramolecular chemistry. Mio is also interested in introductory and organic chemistry curriculum development, as well as the philosophical unification of physical, chemical and biological science in education. Mio holds a B.S. from the University of Detroit Mercy and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He performed post-doctoral research and teaching at Macalester College (St. Paul, MN) where he was awarded a Mellon Fellowship. He joined the University in 2002.
Green Chemistry Teaching Experience:
The two-semester Organic Chemistry Lab course sequence at the University of Detroit Mercy includes a Green Chemistry learning outcome: Upon successful completion of the course sequence, students should be able to overlay the principles of Green Chemistry with regard to their existing chemical knowledge. This outcome is achieved by: 1) running microscale synthesis, 2) utilizing many solvent-free and catalyzed reactions, 3) using a microwave oven as the major heat source, and 4) requiring students, as part of their laboratory reports, to calculate atom economy in three different ways to give an idea of the environmental impact of the reaction. Assessment metrics show that students are able to differentiate among less and more green synthetic processes and can discuss knowledgeably how the 12 Principles affect the enterprise of organic chemical synthesis.
University of Detroit Mercy
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry