Timothy Friebe

A photo of Timothy Friebe

Emeritus Professor


L052 Science Complex

[email protected]


Analytical Chemistry

  • MS, Northwestern University, 1984
  • Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1992

Interests and Expertise

Research Interests
  • organic methodology and synthesis
  • microwave assisted organic synthesis
  • the application of organometallics to the synthesis of small molecules and natural products
Current Projects
  • the application of microwave heating to standard organic reactions
  • the synthetic studies of macrocyclic chelating ligands cyclen and cyclen derivatives


  • CHEM 120 General Organic and Biochemistry
  • CHEM 121–124 General Chemistry
  • CHEM 270–271, 371–376 Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 433 Inorganic/Organic Synthesis
  • CHEM 571 Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 572 Spectrometric Organic Structure Determination
  • CHEM 610 Information Retrieval in Chemistry

Publications and Presentations

  • "Rapid Synthesis of Substituted 5-Phenyl-1,3-dioxolan-4-ones Under Microwave-induced Solvent-free Conditions" Friebe, Timothy L.; Ferrett, Rochelle R.; Hyde, Michael J.; Lahti, Kimberly A., Tetrahedron Letters, 2003, 44, 2573–2576.
  • "Microwave-induced Synthesis of a Cis/Trans Mixture of 2-Butyl-5-phenyl-1,3-dioxolan-4-ones and Their Stereochemical Determination Using NOESY 2-D NMR Spectroscopy" Friebe, Timothy L. The Chemical Educator, 2003, 8, 14.
  • "Enantioselective Addition of Metal-Based Nucleophiles to Unsaturated Aldehydes" Papesch, C.A and T.L. Friebe. Proceedings of the Ninth National Conference on Undergraduate Research., June 1995, Volume II:10381040.
  • "Synthesis of Macrocyclic Lactam/Lactone Derivatives having Antimicrobial Activity" Helquist, P., T.L. Friebe , M. Bergdahl, and N. Kann. Pure and Applied Chemistry. 1994, 66(10/11) :20632066.
  • "Formation, Isolation, and Identification of Products From the Inactivation of Virginiamycin M1 by Actinoplanes Utahensis" Giambattista, M.; Vannuffel, P.; Cocito, C.; Friebe, T. L.; Gangloff, A. R.; Helquist, P. J. Antibiotics, 1994, 47(1), 119.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society, Division of Organic Chemistry
  • National Science Foundation Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL-F21)
  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • Phi Lambda Upsilon