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Chemistry Department

Brett Bodsgard, Ph.D.
Brett Bodsgard
Chemistry - Associate Professor, Chemistry - Department Chair

(507) 457-6972

Brett Bodsgard is a tenured Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

Brett Bodsgard teaches General Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry. His interests include environmental chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry and materials chemistry. Outside of work, he is an avid winter sports enthusiast and an ardent fan of The Simpsons.

Courses Recently Taught at SMU
World of Materials
General Chemistry I Lab
General Chemistry II & Lab
Chemistry Research

Professional Organizations
American Chemical Society
Midwestern Association of Chemistry Teachers in Liberal Arts College

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 2002
M.S., University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 1997
B.A., Carleton College, Northfield, MN, 1994

Teaching Experience
2002 to Present: Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, MN
2004: NASA Faculty Fellow, California Institute of Technology, CA
1997-2002: Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI
1997-2001: Teaching Assistant, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI
1994-1997: Teaching Assistant/Teaching Assistant Coordinator, University of Colorado, CO

2001: Outstanding Chemistry Teaching Assistant Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1996: Theodore S. Gilman Award, University of Colorado
1995: Graduate Teaching Award, University of Colorado

Selected Presentations
"Silica-bound copper(II) triazacyclononane aas a phosphate esterase: effect of linker length and surface hydrophobicity," Brett R. Bodsgard, American Chemical Society LaCrosse-Winona Chapter monthly meeting, Winona, MN, 2004

"Cleavage of a phospodiester by a silica-bound copper(II)macrocycle," Brett R. Bodsgard and Judith N. Burstyn, American Chemical Society National meeting, San Diego, CA, 2001

"Hanford Tank Clean-up and Isolation of 99Tc," Brett R. Bodsgard, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, seminar, Madison, WI, 1999

"Silica-bound copper (II) triazacyclononane as a phosphate esterase: effect of linker length and surface hydrophobicity" Brett R. Bodsgard, Robert W. Clark, Anthony W. Ehrbar, Judith N. Burstyn, Chem. Soc. Dalton. Trans., manuscript in preparation

"Where are my clothes?", Brett R. Bodsgard, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2002

"Silca-bound copper (II) triazacyclononane: A robust material for the heterogeneous hydrolysis of a phosphodiester" Brett R. Bodsgard and Judith N. Burstyn, Chem. Commun., 2001, 7, 647-648