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Natural and Applied Sciences

Kristopher Keuseman

Professor of Chemistry


  • PhD University of North Dakota
  • BA St. Olaf College


Associate Professor of Chemistry Kristopher Keuseman joined the Mount Mercy community in the fall of 2009.

Prior to coming to Mount Mercy Keuseman was a visiting assistant professor of chemistry at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Keuseman's research has focused on synthesis and characterization of organometallic palladium compounds, catalysis and green chemical synthesis.

During his doctoral studies at the University of North Dakota Keuseman served as president of the Chemistry Graduate Students' Association for two years. In 2001, he received both the Distinguished Departmental Service award and the Excellence in Student Teaching Award. In 2003 he was a guest of the U.S Department of Energy at the Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany, as well as received the Dr. Ronald G. Severson Graduate Research Scholarship. In 2005, he was the recipient of the Severson-Coon Graduate Teaching Scholarship.

Keuseman is a member of the American Chemical Society and its Organic Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry divisions. In his free time, Keuseman enjoys cooking, gardening, reading and singing.

Keuseman, K. J. Synthesis of Mono-Oxazolinyl Cyclopalladated Complexes. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota, 2006. 

Keuseman, K. J.; Smoliakova, I. P.; Dunina, V. V. Cyclopalladation of (S)-4-tert-Butyl-2-methyl-2-oxazoline: An Unprecedented Case of (sp3)C-H Bond Activation Resulting in exo-Palladacycle Formation. Organometallics 2005, 24, 4159-4169.

Gorunova, O. N.; Keuseman, K. J.; Goebel, B. M.; Kataeva, N. A.; Churakov, A. V.; Kuz’mina, L. G.; Dunina, V. V.; Smoliakova, I. P. Exo- andendo-palladacycles Derived from (4R)-Phenyl-2-oxazolines. J. Organomet. Chem. 2004, 689, 2382-2394.

Dehen, C. J.; Keuseman, K. J.; Smoliakova, I. P. Enantiopure Cyclopalladated and Coordination Complexes of (S)-4-Ethyl-2-Phenyl-2-Oxazoline. J. Undergrad. Chem. Res. 2003, 3, 91-94.

Peterson, D. L.; Keuseman, K. J.; Kataeva, N. A.; Kuz’mina, L. G.; Howard, J. A. K.; Dunina, V. V.; Smoliakova, I. P. Homochiral Cyclopalladated Complexes of (S)-4-tert-Butyl-2-phenyl-2-oxazoline. X-ray Study of (S,S)-Di-μ-chlorobis-{2-[2-(4-tert-butyl)oxazolinyl]phenyl-C,N}dipalladium(II). J. Organomet. Chem. 2002, 654, 66-73.

Smoliakova, I. P.; Keuseman, K. J.; Haagenson, D. C.; Wellmann, D. M.; Colligan, P. B.; Kataeva, N. A.; Churakov, A. V.; Kuz’mina, L. G.; Dunina, V. V. Direct ortho-palladation of 2-phenyl-2-oxazoline:  Crystal structure of Cl2Pd(---Ph)2 and Cl(PPh3)Pd(---C6H4). J. Organomet. Chem.2000, 603, 86-97.

Keuseman, K. J. and N. C. Morrow. A "Green" Approach to Synthesis of trans-4-Methoxycinnamic acid in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory. Chemistry Educator 2014, 19:347-350.

Keuseman, K. J.; Gipson, P. M. Progress towards asymmetric oxy- and carbopalladation of 2-alkenyl-2-oxazolines,  Eli Lilly and Company Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Research Symposium, Indianapolis, ID, United States, August 4, 2007.

Keuseman, K. J.; Smoliakova, I. P. Oxazoline-derived N,O-chelate complexes of palladium(II), Abstracts of Papers, 231st ACS National Meeting, Atlanta, GA, United States, March 26-30, 2006; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2006; ORGN-553.

Smoliakova, I. P.; Keuseman, K. J.; Mawo, R.Y.; Dunina, V. V. Optically active oxazoline-based endo- and exo-palladacycles formed through (sp3)C-H bond activation. Abstracts of Papers, 229th ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA, United States, March 13-17, 2005 (2005), ORGN-120.

Keuseman, K. J.; Gorunova, O. N.; Dehen, C. J.; Dunina, V. V.; Smoliakova, I. P. Enantiopure exo- and endo-palladacycles derived from 2,4-disubstituted 2-oxazolines, Abstracts of Papers, 226th ACS National Meeting, New York, NY, United States, September 7-11, 2003, 2003; ORGN-448.