Dr. Melissa Garrett is a 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 in 2006.
Areas of Specialty Dr. Garrett 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.
Bioinorganic chemistry of nickel compounds. Biological inorganic chemistry, in particular,
reactivity and structure of sulfur containing transition metal complexes.