Hector Palencia, Ph.D.

Professor, Organic Chemistry

Office: BHS 209B   |    Phone: (308) 865-8479   |    Email: palenciah2@unk.edu

Hector Palencia


Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, University of Nebraska Lincoln/Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico Mexico (UNAM), 2005
M.S., Organic Chemistry, UNAM, 2001
B.S., Chemistry, University of Michoacan, 1991

Faculty Appointments

2014-present, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Nebraska Kearney
2009-2014, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Nebraska Kearney
2006-2009, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Ball State University


  • “An N-heterocyclic carbene-palladium-η3-allyl chloride complex for the Suzuki-Miyaura coupling of aryl halides”, Noland W. Broekemier, Noah C. Broekemier, Hector Palencia, Randall T. Short. European Journal of Chemistry, 2014, 5(1), 162-166. DOI: 10.5155/eurjchem.5.1.162‐166.940.

  • "Room temperature synthesis of glycerol carbonate catalyzed by N-​heterocyclic carbenes" Hervert, Britni; McCarthy, Patrick D.; Palencia, Hector. Tetrahedron Lett., 2014, 55(1), 133-136.

  • Fluxional additives: A second-generation control in enantioselective catalysis”, Mukund P. Sibi, Shankar Manyem, Hector Palencia. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2006, 128, 13660- 13661.

  • Improved turnover numbers in palladium-catalyzed bisdiene cyclization-trapping using N-heterocyclic carbene ligands”, James M. Takacs, Suman Layek, Hector Palencia, and Ross N. Andrews. Adv. Synth. Catal., 2005, 347 (15), 1937- 1942.

  • Asymmetric Catalysis Using Self-Assembled Chiral Bidentate P,P-Ligands”, James M. Takacs, D. Sahadeva Reddy, Shin A. Moteki, Di Wu, and Hector Palencia J. Am.Chem. Soc., 2004, 126(14), 4494- 4495.

  • Suzuki-Miyaura coupling with high turnover number using an N-acyl-N-heterocyclic carbene palladacycle precursor”, Hector Palencia, Federico Garcia-Jimenez, and James M. Takacs, Tetrahedron Lett., 2004, 45(20), 3849- 3853.

  • "Targeting Methanopterin Biosynthesis to Inhibit Methanogenesis", Razvan Dumitru, Hector Palencia, Scott D. Schroeder, Bree A. DeMontigny, James M. Takacs, Madeline E. Rasche, Jess L. Miner, and Stephen W. Ragsdale, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 2003, 69, 7236-7241.