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PhD, California Institute of Technology
BA, University of San Diego


David R. Weinberg, PhD, was born near Algonquin, Ill. where he received his primary and secondary education. He then 'followed the sun' to California and ended up at the University of San Diego. A stint as a summer undergraduate research assistant with Professor James M. Mayer at the University of Washington inspired Weinberg to pursue graduate studies in organometallic chemistry with Professor John E. Bercaw and Jay A. Labinger, PhD, at the California Institute of Technology.

In 2009, Weinberg received his PhD for "Investigations into the Requirements for Homogeneous Platinum- and Iridium-Catalyzed Oxidative C-H Bond Functionalization". By studying nanostructured electro catalytic films for carbon dioxide reduction as a postdoctoral associate in the laboratories of Professor Thomas J. Meyer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he continued to specialize in energy conversion chemistry and to bridge homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis.

In the fall of 2011, he became an assistant professor of chemistry at Colorado Mesa University. Inspired by discussions with Professor Jonathan Scharle Owen at Columbia University, Weinberg firmly believe that all students can be successful if they work hard and are willing to ask questions. He teaches General Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry and Communicating in the World of Chemistry.