Katherine Leigh

Katherine Leigh


Office: SNOW 219
Phone: 435-5879-4377
E-mail: leigh@dixie.edu

Courses Taught:

CHEM 1115 Elem General/Organic Chemistry Lab
CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 3100 Inorganic Chemistry


Chemistry is fascinating! I love how chemistry not only explains the world around us, but it also relates to so many other subjects. I’ve always enjoyed teaching, and I especially enjoy helping students see how chemistry relates to their individual interests, major, and life. I am a native of southern Utah, but I have a little of the South in me as well, thanks to living in Tennessee for eight years. Teaching here at Dixie State allows me to be in a place I love, sharing the subject I love with students who are eager to learn.

My research background is in the study of catalysis, a process essential to increasing the rates of some chemical reactions that would otherwise be too slow to be useful. Using quantum mechanical computations, I have studied enzyme-catalyzed phosphoryl transfer and phosphoryl analogues as well as pincer-catalyzed hydroamination.


Ph. D. in Inorganic Chemistry
      University of Memphis, 2014
M.S. in Inorganic Chemistry
      University of Memphis, 2013
B. S. in Chemistry and Biology
      Southern Utah University, 2006