Department of Chemistry

Xavier University of Louisiana

Kathleen M. Morgan, Ph. D.
Keller Family Foundation Professorship in Science
Director, XU BUILD Student Training Core

Telephone Number: 504-520-5252
Room Number: NCF - Room 342
Email Address:

Organic Chemistry I and II lecture, lab and drill; Molecular Structure and Organic Synthesis lab; Advanced Organic Chemistry

Short Professional Biography

Dr. Morgan graduated with Honors in Chemistry from Dartmouth College in 1988. Her undergraduate research project, mentored by Prof. David M. Lemal, involved the influence of fluorine substituents on a valence isomerization equilibrium. Dr. Morgan received her Ph. D. in Organic Chemistry from Yale University in 1994. Her thesis, titled "Thermochemistry of Carbonyl Compounds" was directed by Professor Kenneth B. Wiberg. Postdoctoral work from 1994-1995 in the lab of Prof. Joseph J. Gajewski at Indiana University focused on epoxide rearrangement mechanisms. From 1995 - 2001, Dr. Morgan was an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. After being recommended for tenure and promotion, she moved to Xavier in 2001. She was promoted to Professor in 2013.

Research Interest

Dr. Morgan's research involves organic thermochemistry and reaction mechanisms. Current projects include using reaction calorimetry and calculations to determine how structural variations influence the energy of simple sugars and diols. Other work includes a mechanistic study of the influence of substituents on the Cope rearrangement, a stereoselective carbon-carbon bond forming reaction.

Current Grant Support

Project Pathways: NIH BUILD program grant
NSF RUI: Thermochemical Studies of Simple Sugars and Diols

Recent Publications

Porterfield, J.; Baraban, J. H.; Troy, T. P.; Ahmed, M.; McCarthy, M. C.; Morgan, K. M.; Daily, J. W.; Nguen, T. L.; Stanton, J. F.; Ellison, G. B. “Pyrolysis of the Simplest Carbohydrate, Glycolaldehyde (CHO-CH2OH), and Glyoxal in a Heated Micro-Reactor” J. Phys. Chem. A., 2016, 120 (14), 2161-2172.Morgan, K. M.*; Ashline, D. J.; Morgan, J. P.; Greenberg, A.* "Electrospray Ionization (ESI) Fragmentations and Dimethyldioxirane Reactivities of Three Diverse Lactams Having Full, Half, and Zero Resonance Energies", J. Org. Chem. 2014, 79, 517-528.
Morgan, K. M.*; Ellis, J. A.; Lee, J.; Fulton, A.; Wilson, S. L.; Dupart, P. S.; Dastoori, R. "Thermochemical Studies of Epoxides and Related Compounds" J. Org. Chem. 2013, 78, 4303-4311.
Morgan, K. M.*; Brown, G., Jr.; Pichon, M. A.; Green, G. Y. "b-Elimination of an Aziridine to an Allylic Amine: A Mechanistic Study" J. Phys. Org. Chem. 2011, 24, 1144-1150.

Department of Chemistry