Patrick R. Melvin

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Patrick R. Melvin headshot


Phone 610-526-5401
Location Park 287



  • B.A. Chemistry, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, Yale University
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan

Areas of Focus

Organic and Organometallic Methodology


Research Program

The Melvin Laboratory focuses on organic/organometallic chemistry with aims to produce new and improved synthetic strategies.  With pharmaceutical molecules growing ever more complicated, we need novel methods to tackle challenging transformations and stitch together important bonds.  Specifically, two projects in our laboratory include: 1) the development of ligands for metal-catalyzed reactions and 2) investigations into a new class of molecules to help install fluorine into organic compounds.  Both of these projects develop innovative methodologies that ultimately target relevant pharmaceutical and agrochemical compounds.

Courses Taught:

  • CHEM 211: Organic I (Fall '20, '21)
  • CHEM 212: Organic II (Spring '20, '21, '22)
  • CHEM 251: Research Methodology (Fall '19)
  • CHEM 312 / 512: Advanced Organic Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Kinetics (Fall '19, Spring '21)
  • CHEM 334 / 534: Organometallic Chemistry (Spring '22)