Kristopher J. Kolonko

Instrumentation Center Director

Phone: (518) 783‑4124


Ph.D. Organic Chemistry University of Wisconsin, Madison
B.S. Chemistry Northland College


I received my bachelor of science degree in Chemistry in 2003 from Northland College, a small environmentally focused liberal arts college, and I earned my PhD in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009. My graduate studies were focused on Physical Organic Chemistry research probing the reaction mechanisms of organolithium species utilizing nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques. After I completed a brief postdoctoral position and a stint as a Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA from 2010-2012 before joining the Siena community.

What I love about Siena:

I love that Siena is an active scholarly community with a friendly and engaged student population that strives for success.

My Favorite courses to teach are:

General Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

Professional Experience:

Instrument Center Director Siena College 2014 - Now
Visiting Assistant Professor Siena College 2012 - 2014
Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry Franklin and Marshall College 2010 - 2012
Lecturer University of Wisconsin 2010 - 2010

My teaching philosophy:

As an instructor, I strive to encourage student self-discovery and development of critical evaluation skills while serving as a model for a critical thinker and perpetual learner. I believe instructors should be dedicated to reflective teaching and find ways to be adaptable to student abilities and encourage their progress while maintaining academic standards. An active scientific research program can also make productive contributions to students’ educational experiences and lead to a fulfilling, enriched educational experience that provides students with marketable skills and preparation for either a career in industry or studies beyond their undergraduate education.

Self-Assembly of Isomeric Mono-Functionalized Thiophenes.
Mechanistic Studies of the Lithium Enolate of 4-Fluoroacetophenone: Rapid-Injection NMR Study of Enolate Formation, Dynamics, and Aldol Reactivity.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 133
Structure and Dynamics of ?-Aryl Amide and Ketone Enolates: THF, PMDTA, TMTAN, HMPA and Crypt Solvated Lithium Enolates, and Comparison with Phosphazenium Analogs
Journal of Organic Chemistry, vol. 75
Solution Structures of Lithium Enolates of Cyclopentanone, Cyclohexanone, Acetophenones and Benzyl Ketones. Triple Ions and Higher Lithiate Complexes
Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 131
Stabilization of Ketone and Aldehyde Enols by Formation of Hydrogen Bonds to Phosphazene Enolates and Their Aldol Products
Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 130
Unexpected Crystallization of 1,3-Bis(4-fluorophenyl)propan-2-one in Paratone Oil
Acta Crystallographica Section E, vol. E63