About Dr. Garner

Before coming to the University of Memphis in 2018, Dr. Garner was a Professor at Baylor University where he directed their graduate and REU programs, taught organic chemistry, the advanced organic laboratory and graduate Spectroscopy courses. Dr. Garner’s research is generally at the interface of organic synthesis and analytical chemistry. Current projects include the rapid screening of catalysts for new gas-phase reactions, the design of new organic nonlinear optical materials, hydrazinopyridine derivatives as metal ligands, applications of a new chiral borane, and quantitation of vapor diffusion experiments.


  • BS in Chemistry, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1981
  • PhD in Organic Chemistry, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1986
    • Advisor: Professor Christopher S. Shiner
  • Postdoctoral studies, University of Utah, 1987-89
    •  Advisor: Professor John A. Gladysz (now at Texas A&M)
    • NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, 1988-89

Professional Experience

  • Staff Scientist, Proctor & Gamble Miami Valley Laboratories, 1986-1987
  • Postdoctoral Associate – University of Utah, 1987-1989
    • Advisor: Dr. John A. Gladysz
    • NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, 1988-1989
  • Assistant Professor – Baylor University, 1989-1996
  • Associate Professor – Baylor University, 1997-2005
  • Professor of Chemistry – Baylor University, 2005-2017
  • Associate Professor of Chemistry – University of Memphis, 2018-

Areas of Expertise

    • organic synthesis, especially scale-up
    • organic analysis: NMR (esp multinuclear), capillary GC and GC-MS
    • purification techniques: chromatography, crystallization, distillation
    • derivatives of chiral terpenes, organic gelling agents, chiral pyrylium salts, hydrazine derivatives as transition metal ligands, discovery of gas-phase reactions
  • ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3043-3240
  • Scopus Author ID: 7202557444
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