Department of Chemistry and Physics

Dr. Jacob M. Plummer

Dr. Jacob M. Plummer

Assistant Professor

203 Smith Science Center


University of Notre Dame, PhD
Northwestern College, BA

About Me

Chemistry is about problem solving. I got into teaching because I really enjoy working with students who want to understand science and use it to solve real-world problems. Whether working in the lab or the classroom, I want students to understand we are all working together to make life better for ourselves and others. I also serve as a health professions advisor.

I have advised students who have participated in pre-health programs, including pre-medical, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant and optometry programs. I greatly enjoy working with students planning to enter the field of medicine, and am grateful for the opportunity to assist them in reaching their dreams.

I am a huge fan of martial arts and regularly train at a local club. To date, I have studied Taekwondo, Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Aikido and Capoeira. When I am not teaching or training, I enjoy spending time at home with my wife and son.

Plummer JM, Weitgenant JA, Noll BC, Lauher JW, Wiest O, Helquist P. “Synthesis, Structure, and Metal Complexation Behavior of a New Type of Functionalized Chiral Phenanthroline Derivative.” J. Org. Chem. 2008, 73, 3911-3914.

“Synthesis of Aminoallenes.” Illinois State Academy of Science (ISAS) Poster Presentation. March 30, 2012. Knox College. Poster Presentation Award Winner.

Illinois State Academy of Science Poster Award

Mini-Keck Grant Rudolph S. Bottei Teaching Award