Rebecca R. Conry

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Office: Keyes 312 [ campus map ]
Box 5764

Phone: 207-859-5764
Fax: 207-859-5760
Mailing Address:
5764 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8857
Conry, Rebecca R.


  • Postdoctoral (1991-1992) and NIH Postdoctoral Fellow (1992-1993), Johns Hopkins University (with Prof. Kenneth D. Karlin).
  • Ph.D. (1991), University of Washington (with Prof. James M. Mayer)
  • B.S. (1986), Eastern Washington University
  • Areas of Expertise

    • Inorganic chemistry
    • Synthetic and structural bioinorganic and organometallic chemistry

    Courses Currently Teaching

    CourseCourse Title
    CH147 AComprehensive General Chemistry
    CH411 AInorganic Chemistry
    CH413 AInorganic Laboratory Studies
    CH493 ASenior Seminar
    CH493 BSenior Seminar

    Professional Information

    • Associate Professor of Chemistry (2004-present) Colby College
    • Assistant Professor of Chemistry (2000-2004) Colby College
    • Assistant Professor of Chemistry (1993-2000) University of Nevada, Reno


    "Copper Complexes with N-Alkylated NS2-Macrocyclic Ligands: Synthesis, Characterization, and Capabilities as Aziridination Catalysts" R. R. Conry,* A. A. Tipton, W. S. Striejewske, E. Erkizia, M. A. Malwitz, A. Caffaratti, and J. Natkin (Colby '01) Organometallics, 2004, 23, 5210-5218

    "A mononuclear Mo(V) mono-oxo, biphenyl-2,2'-dithiolate complex in which the metal resides within a cleft formed by the ligands and that exhibits N�H to S hydrogen bonding in the solid state" R. R. Conry* and A. A. Tipton JBIC, 2001, 6, 359-366.

    "Electronic Structure Studies of Oxomolybdenum Tetrathiolate Complexes: Origin of Reduction Potential Differences and Relationship to Cysteine-Molybdenum Bonding in Pyranopterin Molybdenum Enzymes" R. L. McNaughton, A. A. Tipton, N. D. Rubie, R. R. Conry,* and M. L. Kirk* Inorg. Chem., 2000, 39, 5697-5706.

    "Synthesis and Characterization of Square Planar Nickel(II) Arylthiolate Complexes with the Biphenyl-2-,2'-dithiolate Ligand" E. Erkizia and R. R. Conry* Inorg. Chem., 2000, 39, 1674-1679.

    "Copper(I) Complexes with a NS2-Macrocyclic Ligand Bearing a Pendant Naphthyl Group: Structures of {N-[2-(1-Naphthyl)ethyl]-1-aza-4,8-dithiacyclodecane}Cu(I)-Ligand, where Ligand = eta2-Naphthalene, Acetonitrile or Triphenylphosphine" R. R. Conry,* W. S. Striejewske, and A. A. Tipton Inorg. Chem., 1999, 38, 2833-2843.

    "Synthesis and Characterization of Copper(I) Complexes with a Fairly Bulky Tris(pyrazolyl)hydroborate Ligand. Probing the Flexibility of the Metal-Containing Pocket Formed by the Ligand" R. R. Conry,* G. Ji, and A. A. Tipton Inorg. Chem., 1999, 38, 906-913.

    "Synthesis and Characterization of the First Pentaphenylcyclopentadienyl Copper(I) Complex, (Ph5Cp)Cu(PPh3)" Q. T. Anderson, E. Erkizia, and R. R. Conry* Organometallics, 1998, 17, 4917-4920.

    "NMR Evidence for the Unprecedented Binding of a Naphthalene Group to Copper(I) in Solution" R. R. Conry* and W. S. Striejewske Organometallics, 1998, 17, 3146-3148.

    "Synthesis of Copper(I) Complexes with a Novel Naphthyl-Appended Macrocyclic Ligand, Including the Crystal and Molecular Structure of the First Copper(I)-eta2-Naphthyl Complex" W. S. Striejewske and R. R. Conry* Chem. Commun., 1998, 555-556.

    The Small-Molecule X-ray Diffraction Center at Colby College


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