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Professor Montgomery started his journey at St. Mary’s College of Maryland where he earned his bachelors degree in Chemistry and Biology. He then went on to the University of Chicago where he worked with Professor Viresh Rawal on small molecule synthesis, palladium catalysis, and hydrogen bonding scaffolds. Following this he worked as a post-doc at the University of Pennsylvania under Professor Amos B. Smith III, studying organo-lithium chemistry and how persistent anions can be used in complex natural product synthesis. In summer 2018 he started his career at Duquesne University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. His group now currently investigates problems that stretch between synthetic organic chemistry, natural product total synthesis, generation of photophysical materials, and computational analysis. Students joining the Montgomery lab will have the opportunity to work on interdisciplinary projects both in the lab and on the computing cluster using DFT methods. 


  • Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, The University of Chicago
  • M.S., Organic Chemistry, The University of Chicago
  • B.A. Chemistry and Biology, St. Mary's College of Maryland

Research Interests

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Mechanism Elucidation
  • Computational Chemistry

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  1. Montgomery TD, Green, Bridget M., Oliech, Cliff G., Evanseck, Jeffrey D. Learning From a Pandemic: Redesigning with Universal Design for Learning to Enhance Scientific Skills. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability. 2024;37(1):73-9.
  2. Hejnosz SL, Beres DR, Cocolas AH, Neal MJ, Musiak BS, Hanna MMB, Bloomfield AJ, Montgomery TD. [3 + 2] Cycloadditions of Tertiary Amine N-Oxides and Silyl Imines as an Innovative Route to 1,2-Diamines. Organic Letters. 2023;25(25):4638-43. doi: 10.1021/acs.orglett.3c01396.
  3. Zarcone SR, Yarbrough HJ, Neal MJ, Kelly JC, Kaczynski KL, Bloomfield AJ, Bowers GM, Montgomery TD, Chase DT. Synthesis and photophysical properties of nitrated aza-BODIPYs. New Journal of Chemistry. 2022;46(9):4483-96. doi: 10.1039/D1NJ05976A.
  4. Montgomery TD, Buchbinder JR, Gawalt ES, Iuliucci RJ, Koch AS, Kotsikorou E, Lackey PE, Lim MS, Rohde JJ, Rupprecht AJ, Srnec MN, Vernier B, Evanseck JD. The Scientific Method as a Scaffold to Enhance Communication Skills in Chemistry. Journal of Chemical Education. 2022;99(6):2338-50. doi: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.2c00113.
  5. Lane AM, Luong NTC, Kelly JC, Neal MJ, Jamrom J, Bloomfield AJ, Lummis PA, Montgomery TD, Chase DT. Synthetic Exploration of Bis(phenolate) Aza-BODIPYs and Heavier Group 13 Chelates. Molecules. 2022;27(23):8256. doi: 10.3390/molecules27238256.
  6. Neal MJ, Hejnosz SL, Rohde JJ, Evanseck JD, Montgomery TD. Multi-Ion Bridged Pathway of N-Oxides to 1,3-Dipole Dilithium Oxide Complexes. The Journal of Organic Chemistry. 2021. doi: 10.1021/acs.joc.1c01047.
  7. Rombola M, Sumaria CS, Montgomery TD, Rawal VH. Development of Chiral, Bifunctional Thiosquaramides: Enantioselective Michael Additions of Barbituric Acids to Nitroalkenes. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 2017;139(15):5297-300. doi: 10.1021/jacs.7b01115.
  8. Montgomery TD, Smith AB. α-Silyl Amides: Effective Bifunctional Lynchpins for Type I Anion Relay Chemistry. Organic Letters. 2017;19(22):6216-9. doi: 10.1021/acs.orglett.7b03142.
  9. Montgomery TD, Rawal VH. Palladium-Catalyzed Modular Synthesis of Substituted Piperazines and Related Nitrogen Heterocycles. Organic Letters. 2016;18(4):740-3. doi: 10.1021/acs.orglett.5b03708.
  10. Montgomery TD, Nibbs AE, Zhu Y, Rawal VH. Rapid Access to Spirocyclized Indolenines via Palladium-Catalyzed Cascade Reactions of Tryptamine Derivatives and Propargyl Carbonate. Organic Letters. 2014;16(13):3480-3. doi: 10.1021/ol501409a.
Discover more at NCBI INFO
  1. 1R15GM148917-01: Application of N-Oxides for the Synthesis of Nitrogen Heterocycles.
  2. CHE-2244151: Integration of Chemical Theory, Computation and Experiments at Duquesne University.