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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Melissa L. Garrett, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Office Location: Science 1, Room 358 
Office Phone: 559.278.6822

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 in 2006.

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.