Katherine N. Leigh

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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 Biology & Chemistry Southern Utah University, 2006

Employment History

Assistant Professor, 2014 – present
Adjunct Professor, 2013 – 2014
Research Assistant, 2009 – 2014


  • CHEM 1115 Elem Gen/Organic Chem Lab
  • CHEM 1215 Principles of Chemistry I Lab
  • CHEM 3100 Inorganic Chemistry

Activities, honors, & awards

Chemistry Club Advisor
Concurrent Enrollment Supervisor
Science outreach programs for youth in community


Katherine N. Leigh

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Email: leigh@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4377

Office: Snow 219