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Jason C. Yarbrough, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Ross Wilson Endowed Chair in Chemistry

Office: Natural Sciences Building, Room 106-B
Email: jyarbrough@wtamu.edu
Phone: 806-651-8042

Professional Profile

Dr. Yarbrough joined the College of Agriculture, Science and Engineering in 2014. He received a B.S. in Chemistry from Arkansas Tech University in 1998. He then earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Texas A&M University in 2003 where he worked on catalytic approaches toward utilization of carbon dioxide (https://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/ja012714v). Following this he completed a post-doctoral experience at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where he worked on the development of environmentally benign materials for use in marine antifouling applications (https://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/ma0524777). In 2005, he joined Sealed Air Corporation’s (Cryovac) Food Packaging Division as Senior Research Chemist in the Materials & Packaging Research Group in Duncan, South Carolina. Dr. Yarbrough spent approximately 9 years in the plastics industry before joining the faculty at West Texas A&M University.

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Yarbrough teaches Introductory and General Chemistry I & II, Physical Chemistry I & II, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, as well as graduate level courses in Inorganic and Quantum Chemistry. Dr. Yarbrough is a member of the Honors faculty and also teaches the Honors Chemistry I and Honors Chemistry II courses. Additionally, he is the author of several publications in various prestigious and well-respected journals, including the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Macromolecules, Organometallics, Inorganic Chemistry as well as the European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry. Dr. Yarbrough is co-inventor on several US and international patents as well. Dr. Yarbrough is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and has served as Secretary and Chair of the local ACS section in Amarillo.

Research and Creative Activity

Dr. Yarbrough’s research interests are at the interface of organometallic and polymer chemistry. His work is directed toward the design of new organometallic catalysts used in the synthesis of new or existing functional polymers.