Chemistry and Biochemistry

Daniel Everson

Organic Chemistry


CHEM 270


Daniel A. Everson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1985. He completed his B.S. in 2007 at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, working with Prof. J. Thomas Ippoliti. After working as a research associate for Prof. Ippoliti during 2007-2008, he joined the group of Daniel J. Weix at the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York in 2008, and was awarded an NSF graduate research fellowship in 2010. After completing his doctoral studies, he joined the lab of Christopher J. Douglas at the University of Minnesota in 2013 to pursue alkaloid natural product synthesis. In 2014 he joined the faculty at St. Olaf College as a visiting assistant professor where he taught general and organic chemistry, as well as a variety of upper level special topics courses.

His research interests are broadly distributed across many sub-disciplines of organic chemistry including the synthesis of new polymers, basic organometallic chemistry, photoredox catalysis and C–C bond activation. At present he is working on the synthesis of new donor materials for organic based solar cells, and the development of new nickel catalyst to aid in the drug discovery process. He has strong track record of publishing research with undergraduates and uses this experience to help shape his classroom environment. He is an advocate for the use of modern instrumentation and strives to incorporate real data into his lectures to foster his student’s critical thinking and deductive reasoning skills.

On a personal level he has been married to his high school sweetheart, Kelsey, since 2009 and has two beautiful daughters Cora, age 3, and Autumn age 8 months. Both he and Kelsey are excited to explore Chico and the amenities of northern California. Lastly, he and Kelsey are former collegiate athletes who enjoy an active lifestyle and are looking forward to becoming “fair weather” athletes in Chico!