My Story

I have known since I was 20 that I wanted to be a chemistry professor working at a small, primarily undergraduate institution, and I am so happy to have found my way to Warren Wilson College. There is no better place to live and work than here in the Swannanoa Valley. I first learned about Warren Wilson from my sister-in-law, who is an alumna. I was — and am — drawn to the college’s commitment to environmental responsibility, cross-cultural understanding, and social justice, particularly through the many experiential learning opportunities. My primary specialty is Organic Chemistry, and my passions include Bioorganic Chemistry and Chemical Biology. That is, I like to learn about how biological systems and organisms work, using Organic Chemistry as my main tool to study them. I have many opportunities to follow all of these, both in the classroom and as a researcher.

Langdon Martin
Langdon Martin with family
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  • B.A. in Chemistry, Kalamazoo College
  • Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Interests

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Synthesis of small organic molecules and of peptides
  • Analysis of spent craft brewers' yeast
  • Reduction of methane production in ruminant livestock

Courses Taught

  • CHM 1160: General Chemistry I
  • CHM 2250: Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM 2260: Organic Chemistry II

Crews and Other Activities

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

Contact Dr. Martin

(828) 771-3068
Witherspoon 6147
WWC CPO 6147

PO Box 9000

Asheville, NC 28815-9000
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