Carleton College:
Chemistry Department



William E. Hollingsworth

Professor of Chemistry 



B.S. in Chemistry, B.A. (Botany), 1977 
University of Texas (Austin) 

M.S. in Chemistry, 1979 
Ph.D. in Chemistry, 1982 
University of California (Berkeley) 

Postdoctoral Research Associate, 1982-1984 
Columbia University, New York 

Postdoctoral Research Associate, 1985-1986 
University of Colorado (Boulder)

Contact Information:

Department of Chemistry
Carleton College
1 North College Street
Northfield, MN 55057

OfficeOld Music 308 

Phone:   (507) 222-4412 (office)
FAX:     (507) 222-4400


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Teaching Areas:

Physical, introductory, and environmental chemistry

Research Area:

My interests lie in the study of the gas-phase photochemistry of organometallic compounds highlighting direct metal-metal bonds.  A focused NdYAG-pumped dye laser is directed into the vacuum chamber containing the metal vapor  leads to create a multiphoton dissociation and  ionization (MPD/MPI) process.  The ionic products are detected by a time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometer.  Specific spectroscopic and mechanistic information is obtained both from the analysis of the wavelength dependence of the metal-containing fragments created as well as in REMPI (resonance enhanced MPI) experiments in which the intensity of mass signals are recorded as the dye laser wavelength is scanned.  Specific attention has been placed on Mn2(CO)10 and Co3(CO)9CCH3.  Extra information and background can be obtained by referring to the articles highlighted below.


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