Timothy Wilkinson, Ph.D.

Professor, Organic Chemistry
On Faculty since 1980

Phone: (630)752-5406


Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, Texas A&M University, 1975

M.S. Organic Chemistry, Western Illinois University, 1972

B.S. Chemistry, Western Illinois University, 1968

About Timothy Wilkinson

After receiving his doctoral degree, Dr. Wilkinson completed post-doctoral work at Yale University in the synthesis of precursors in the biosynthetic pathway of penicillins and morphine alkaloids. He then taught at Michigan State University, and began teaching at Wheaton in 1980. Dr. Wilkinson is currently interested in the synthetic methods of alkaloids and enjoys working with students on a variety of research projects in synthetic organic chemistry.

Dr. Wilkinson is an avid Bible reader and enjoys arranging and playing hymns on the classical guitar..

Courses Taught

  • Applications of Chemistry
  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry I and II
  • Synthesis and Analysis 
  • Safety and Literature
  • Special Topics
  • Independent Study—Organic Synthesis

Membership in Professional Societies

American Chemical Society


Individual: Synthesis of 4-Alkyl-4-hydroxy-N-alkyl-2-pyrrolidinones, Synthesis of Isotopically Labeled Codeine and Morphine Alkaloids, Nucleophilic Ring Opening Reactions of Dibenzazocine Salts, Synthesis and Cyclization Reactions of 4-Aryl-2,3,4,5-tetrahydroisoquinoline alkaloids


“Synthesis of 4-Substituted and 1,4-Disubstituted-4-hydroxypyrrolidin-2-ones” Wilkinson, T. J., Kinsinger, C. R., Tatko, C.D., Whelan, C.M. Synthetic Communications, 2007, 37(11), 1845-1852.

Wilkinson, Timothy J., Stehle, Nathan W., Beaker, Peter, 2000. Enantioselective Syntheses of 2-Alkyl- and 2,6-Dialkylpiperidine Alkaloids: Preparations of the Hydrochlorides of (-)-Coniine, (-)-Solenopsin A, and (-)-Dihydropinidine. Org. Lett. 2(2): 155.

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