My Story

I have known since I was a college student that I wanted to be a chemistry professor at a small, undergraduate institution. I arrived at Warren Wilson College in 2012, and I have found that there is no better place to live and work than here in the Swannanoa Valley! I continue to be drawn to the college’s mission to “empower graduates to pursue meaningful careers and lead purposeful lives dedicated to a just, equitable, and sustainable world.”

My primary specialty is Organic Chemistry (Organic I is my favorite course to teach), and my passions also include biological chemistry and instrumental analysis. In the classroom, I want students to feel that they are challenged, and that they have the support they need to meet that challenge.

Much of my research involves trying to use repurpose waste materials into something more environmentally beneficial. And, there is nothing like conducting this research with the curious, passionate undergraduate scientists at Warren Wilson!

Langdon Martin


  • B.A. in Chemistry, Kalamazoo College
  • Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Research Interests

  • Reduction of methane production in ruminant livestock
  • Analysis of spent craft brewer's yeast
  • Analysis of natural products
  • Synthesis of small organic molecules

Courses Taught

  • CHM 1160: General Chemistry I
  • CHM 2250: Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM 3201: Organic Chemistry II
  • CHM 3210: Instrumental Methods

Crews and Other Activities

Supervision and mentoring of the PSIs (Peer Supplemental Instructors) for General Chemistry I

Contact Dr. Martin

(828) 771-3068
Witherspoon 206
WWC CPO 6147

PO Box 9000

Asheville, NC 28815-9000
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