Associate Professor of Chemistry

108 Donnelly Center
319-363-1323 ext. 8154

BA  St. Olaf College
PhD  University of North Dakota

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 200524, 4159-4169. pdf

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. 2004689, 2382-2394. pdf

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. 20033, 91-94. pdf

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. 2002654, 66-73. pdf

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.2000603, 86-97. pdf

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


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.