Marc C. Perry, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry
Director, Chemistry Summer Research

Dr. Marc Perry knew since 5th grade that he wanted to be a scientist, and discovered in high school that his favorite science was chemistry. He earned his B.S. and Ph.D. in chemistry from New Mexico State University. He went on to a postdoctoral position at Texas A&M University and taught at the university level for one year at Texas A&M and seven at the University of Alaska Anchorage before coming to PLNU in 2010. Perry's research interests lie in the broad area of methodology development in the field of organometallic chemistry. Specifically, his current research is in the area of iron- and cobalt-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions. These C-C bond forming reactions are important synthetic tools, and a lot of research involving palladium-based catalysts has been reported. Iron, however, would be a more desirable catalyst, as it is less expensive and less toxic than palladium and more environmentally benign. Perry has also started a collaborative project on MOF-supported catalysts with Dr. Laurance Beauvais. Researchers in his lab will receive training in standard Schlenk techniques for carrying out reactions in an inert environment as well as training in the use of standard instrumentation and glassware. Perry is married to Christina, and they have three children: Jonas, Charese, and Poem.


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, New Mexico State University
  • B.S., Chemistry, New Mexico State University

Courses Taught

  • Chemistry and Society – CHE 1001
  • Organic Chemistry I – CHE 2094
  • Organic Chemistry I Lab – CHE 2094L
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry – CHE 4053
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry Lab – CHE 4054
  • Research in Chemistry – CHE 4099
  • General Chemistry I – CHE 1052
  • General Chemistry II – CHE 1053
  • General Chemistry II Lab – CHE 1053L

Experience in Field

  • Research interest: the broad area of methodology development in the field of organometallic chemistry
  • Point Loma Nazarene University (San Diego, CA), Professor, 2010 – present
  • University of Alaska Anchorage (Anchorage, AK), Assistant Professor, 2003 – 2010
  • Texas A&M University (College Station, TX), Lecturer, 2002 – 2003
  • Texas A&M University (College Station, TX), Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2000 – 2002
  • New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, NM), Research Assistant, 1997 – 2000
  • New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, NM), Teaching Assistant, 1995 – 1997

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Member, American Chemical Society, since 1998
  • NSF Panelist, 2014
  • Reviewer for professional journal articles
  • Member, Alaska Christian College Board of Trustees, 2007 – 2009

Awards and Honors

  • PRF Research Grant, 2008 – 2011
  • Outstanding sophomore in Chemistry and Biochemistry, New Mexico State University, 1993
  • Glenn Hamiel Award for outstanding quantitative analysis student, New Mexico State University, 1994
  • Owen B. Weeks Award for outstanding graduate student, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, New Mexico State University, 1998 – 1999
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, selected by a former student, 2005 and 2007

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Dissertation: Rhenium-Catalyzed Heteroatom Transfer Reactions, 2000.
  • Shumacher, W.T.; Matthews, M.J.; Larson, S.A.; Lemmon, C.E.; Campbell, K.A.; Crabb, B.T.; Chicoine, B.J.-A.; Beauvais, L.G.; Perry, M.C. Polyhedron, 2016, 114, 422-427.
  • Shellhamer, D.F.; Bunting, S.A.; Hickle, K.R.; Horn, P.C.; Milligan, J.C.; Shipowick, D.E.; Smith, L.B.; Vandenbroek, D.J.; Perry, M.C.; Boatz, J.A. J. Org. Chem. 2013, 78, 246-252.
  • Perry, M. C.; Gillett, A. N.; Law, T. C., Tetrahedron Lett. 2012, 53, 4436-4439.
  • Perry, M. C.; Law, T. C.; Wheeler, K. A.; J. Chem. Crys. 2010, 40, 482-485.
  • Perry, M. C.; Burgess, K. Tetrahedron Asymmetry 2003, 14, 951-961.
  • Perry, M. C.; Cui, X.; Powell, M. T.; Hou, D.-R.; Reibenspies, J. H.; Burgess, K. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2003, 125, 113-123.
  • Arterburn, J.B.; Rao, K.V.; Perry, M.C. Angewandte Chemie. 2000, 39, 771-772.
  • Arterburn, J.B.; Perry, M.C. Organic Letters 1999, 1, 769-771.
  • Arterburn, J.B.; Perry, M.C.; Nelson, S.L.; Holguin,M.S.; Dible, B.R. J. Am. Chem Soc. 1997, 119 , 9309-9310.