Dr. Melissa Garrett is an Associate Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at California
State University, Fresno. Her work for her Bachelor’s of Science degree was started
at Texarkana College and completed at the University of Central Arkansas. In 2004
she earned her doctorate in Chemistry from Texas A&M University. She then completed
a teaching/research postdoctoral appointment as a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Fellow
at the University of North Carolina Charlotte before joining the chemistry department
Areas of Specialty Dr. Garrett is the head of the inorganic division within the chemistry department.
She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to inorganic chemistry, organometallic
chemistry, and metals in biology including CHEM 3A, 1A, 123, 124, 220, 224, and 290
in addition to directing independent student research projects.
Dr. Garrett's primary research interest relates to the use of coordination and organometallic
chemistry to solve problems related to biologically and industrially relevant catalysts
particularly those pertaining to sulfur containing transition metal complexes. Techniques
used include Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Electronic Spectroscopy, Infrared Spectroscopy,
Crystallography, Thermogravimetric Analysis, Mass Spectrometry, Electron Pair Resonance,
Magnetic Susceptibility, and Cyclic Voltammetry.