Hitt, David

Portrait of David Hitt

Associate Professor - Chemistry

Ph.D. University of California, San Diego
B.S. North Carolina State University

Areas of Interest
Physical organic chemistry, organometallics, chemical biology, medicinal chemistry.

Courses Taught
Biochemistry, Intermediate Organic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry


David HittDavid was born and spent his childhood in North Carolina. He attended North Carolina State University where he received a B.S. in chemistry with summa cum laude honors in 2005. He then pursued graduate studies at the University of California, San Diego where he studied metal-promoted cycloaromatization reactions under the guidance of Professor Joseph O’Connor.

After receiving his Ph.D. in chemistry in 2011, he pursued postdoctoral studies through a joint academic / industrial appointment at the University of Montana / ATERIS technologies with Professor Chuck Thompson. There he was involved in the design and synthesis of novel vesicular glutamate transporter (VGLUT) inhibitors and the development of an enzymatic resolution of the racemic pesticide, malathion.

David began at Carroll as a chemistry lecturer in 2012 and was promoted to assistant professor in 2014. His research interests range from topics in physical organic chemistry and organometallics to chemical biology and medicinal chemistry.

David currently resides in Helena and enjoys exploring the wide open spaces of Montana with his wife and two daughters.


D.M. Hitt, Y. Belabassi, J.Suhy, C. E. Berkman, C. M. Thompson. “Chemoenzymatic resolution of rac-malathion” Tetrahedron: Asymmetry, 2014, 25, 529.

D. M. Hitt, J. M. O’Connor. “Acceleration of Conjugated Dienyne Cycloaromatization” Chemical Reviews, 2011, 111, 7904.