Sweeder, Ryan


Bachelor of Arts

Albion College, 1996

Doctor of Philosphy

Michigan, 2003

Postdoctoral Fellow

Cornell University with Frank DiSalvo, 2003-2004


About this team member

Ryan studied the reactions of germylenes with ketones and phenones and was a key leader in leader of studio chemistry at the University of Michigan.   He is currently an associate professor of chemistry at the Lyman Briggs College, a residential college at Michigan State University. His research focuses on the processes involved in the teaching and learning of general chemistry.

Ryan won the 2015 Distinguished Faculty of the Year award sponsored by the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan.





  • Design and Implementation of a Studio-based General Chemistry Course at the University of Michigan. J. Chem. Ed. 2007 84 265-270.
  • Exploring Two Reactions of Ketones with Ge[CH(SiMe3)2]2: CH and OH insertion. Organometallics 2003 22 5054-5063.
  • Activation and Catalytic Partial Hydrogenation of Benzophenone. Organometallics 2003 22 4613-4615.
  • Germylene Reactions with Quinones Shed Light on Germylene Phenone Equilibria. Organometallics 2003 22 3222-3229.
  • C-H Activation of Ethers and Alkanes by Germylene-Aryl Halide Complexes. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2003 125 8986-8987.
  • Quick, Efficient Conversion of Phenones to Conjugated Trienes, R. Organometallics 2002 21 457-459.
  • Photochemistry of Organometallic Germylenes and Metallacycles. Organometallics 2000 19 1186-1189.