Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Office: Natural Science Building, Room 106B


Phone: (806) 651-8042


Professional Profile

Dr. Yarbrough earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Texas A&M University in 2003, after which he spent two years at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill as a post-doctoral researcher.  Following this, Dr. Yarbrough worked as a research chemist in the polymer industry for nearly 10 years. During this time he attended the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, earning a M.B.A. in 2011. In 2014 Dr. Yarbrough decided to return to academics and joined the faculty at WT in what was then the Department of Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics.


Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Yarbrough teaches General Chemistry I, Chemistry I & II, Inorganic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry.  Additionally, Dr. Yarbrough serves as the faculty director of the Chemistry and Physics Help Lab, a walk-in, peer-to-peer help center provided by the Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences as a service to students enrolled in Chemistry and Physics course at the 1000- and 2000-level.


Research and Creative Activities

Dr. Yarbrough's research interests include synthetic and structural organometallic chemistry, catalysis and the use of carbon dioxide as a materials resource in environmentally responsible manufacture of polymer materials.


Personal Sketch

Dr. Yarbrough is originally from Northwest Arkansas. He and his wife, Jillian, have three children.  They enjoy basketball tournaments as well as boating and other outdoor activities.