Kessler, Julie

Portrait of Julie Kessler

Assistant Professor - Chemistry

Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry, University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN)
B.S. in Chemistry, Hartwick College (Oneonta, NY)

Areas of Interest
Inorganic chemistry, organometallics, coordination chemistry, multi-dentate ligands, metal-ligand cooperation, green catalysis

Courses taught
General chemistry 1 lecture and lab, Integrated lab, General chemistry 2 lecture (spring 2018), Advanced inorganic chemistry (spring 2018)

Dr. Julie Kessler with student

Above: Dr. Kessler works with a chemistry student in Carroll College's Integrated Lab.


Dr. Kessler grew up in central Connecticut where she enjoyed small-town life and frequent trips to the ocean. She attended Hartwick College in upstate New York where she played varsity soccer for four years as a chemistry major and math minor. Due to the small student-to-teacher ratios at Hartwick, she formed strong bonds with the chemistry faculty who encouraged her to pursue external research opportunities.

Julie completed two REU internships prior to graduating from Hartwick: one in chemistry education at Clemson University, and another in inorganic chemistry at the University of Minnesota. Additionally, while working towards her Ph.D., Julie traveled to Stockholm University as the recipient of an International Research Experience for Students grant to study asymmetric catalysis under the supervision of Pher Andersson. The opportunity to work with many advisors and in a variety of fields of chemistry confirmed Julie’s desire to teach and mentor undergraduates in the classroom and laboratory.

JulieJulie earned her doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame under the guidance of Dr. Vlad Iluc. Her research involved the design and synthesis of organometallic complexes that incorporate metal-ligand cooperation to catalyze environmentally and industrially relevant reactions. Her research projects at Carroll College will draw on similar themes and her students will become proficient in running air-sensitive organometallic reactions in an interdisciplinary setting.

Julie strives to cultivate an engaging classroom experience at Carroll College and continually works to refine her teaching pedagogy. While at Notre Dame, Julie prepared for a teaching career by participating in workshops offered by the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning. Additionally, her involvement in the Ethical Leaders in STEM program at Notre Dame and chemistry education internship at Clemson University inspired her to create a collaborative, hands-on, and transparent classroom environment for her students.

In her free time, Julie enjoys reading, traveling, visiting friends and family, going to concerts, and staying active. She plays on multiple teams in the Helena Adult Soccer Association, and bikes, hikes, runs, or lifts weights as the weather permits! If not on campus or outside, you're most likely to find her at a coffee shop in downtown Helena.

Peer-reviewed publications

Kessler, Julie A. and Iluc, Vlad M.; "Ni(II) Phosphine and Phosphide Complexes Supported by a PNP-Pyrrole Pincer Ligand" Dalton Transactions, 2017, 46 (36), pp 12125-12131

Kessler, Julie A. and Iluc, Vlad M.; "Ag(I) and Tl(I) Precursors as Transfer Agents of a Pyrrole-based Pincer Ligand to Late Transition Metals" Inorganic Chemistry, 2014, 53 (23), pp 12360-12371