Buck Taylor

Buck TaylorAssistant Professor of Chemistry

Buck Taylor is a Portland native, growing up in the Parkrose area before attending Willamette University for his undergraduate degree. He received his Ph.D. at the University of California, Irvine, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA. Buck’s research interests span both experimental and computational chemistry, with a focus on organometallic catalysis. He uses computer modeling to design improved catalysts and determine how they function before testing new catalysts in the lab. His current projects involve ways to control the 3-D structure of pharmaceutical compounds, as well as the conversion of biomass to chemical feedstocks. Prior to coming to University of Portland, Buck taught for two years at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He primarily teaches organic chemistry, the course that inspired him to become a chemistry major and pursue graduate studies. He is excited to return to rainy Portland (and escape the frigid Minnesota winters) to join the faculty at University of Portland. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking.

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