Faculty and Staff

Haley, Rebecca

Haley Rebecca CAS

Rebecca Haley

Chemistry and Biotechnology
Office: 267 Centennial Science Hall
Phone: 715-425-4943



  • Ph.D., Chemistry, 2018, University of Cincinnati, Advisors: Dr. James Mack and Dr. Hairong Guan.
  • Certificate of Completion for Preparing Future Faculty, 2018, University of Cincinnati.
  • BS, Chemistry, 2013, Wheeling Jesuit University

Courses Taught:

CHEM 130 Lab: Introduction to Organic Chemistry Lab

CHEM 230: Survey of Organic Chemistry

CHEM 233: Foundations of Organic Chemistry Lecture and Lab

CHEM 231 & CHEM 232: Organic Chemistry I and II

CHEM 236 & CHEM 237: Organic Chemistry Laboratory I and II

CHEM 389: Special Topics -- Green Chemistry and Sustainability

CHEM 480: Chemistry Senior Seminar

Research Interests:

My research involves the development of solvent-free organic methodologies with the use of a high-speed ball mill. High-speed ball milling is a form of mechanochemistry, where mechanical energy is used to impart the energy necessary to facilitate a chemical reaction. Due to the nature of mechanochemistry being solvent-free (i.e., the potential to produce less waste), using mechanochemistry as a synthetic strategy encourages method development that follows the principles of green chemistry. I am also interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning, with an emphasis on how to incorporate green chemistry principles into the existing chemistry curricula in addition to developing stand-alone green chemistry lecture and laboratory experiences.


Haley, R.A.; Ringo, J.M.; Hopgood, H.; Denlinger, K.L.; Das, A.; Waddell, D.C.; "Graduate Student Designed and Delivered: An Upper-Level Online Course for Undergraduates in Green Chemistry and Sustainability", J. Chem. Educ., 2018, 4, 560-569. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.7b00730.

Haley, R.A.; Mack, J.; Guan, H.; "2-in-1: Catalysis and Reaction Medium" Inorg. Chem. Front., 2017, 4, 52-55. DOI: 10.1039/C6QI00400H.

Haley, R.A.; Zellner, A.; Krause, J.A.; Guan, H.; Mack, J.; "Nickel Catalysis in a High Speed Ball Mill: A Recyclable Mechanochemical Method for Producing Substituted Cyclooctatetraene Compounds" ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 2016, 4, 2464-2469. DOI:10:1021/acssuschemeng.6b00363.