Professor and Chair, Organic Chemistry
Office: 239 Haggerty Science Center
Professor Hendrickson received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Louisiana State University in 1974. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins from 1975 to 1977.
From 1977 to 1979 he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He has been at the University of Dallas since 1979. Dr. Hendrickson is a physical organic chemist whose area of specialty is the mechanisms of free radical reactions. In 1993 he served as the Chairman of the ACS Dallas-Ft. Worth Section.
Dr. Hendrickson's leisure time is spent hiking in the mountains and maintaining the cabin he built in Bosque County, TX. He has a son, David, Ph.D. in Chemical and Systems Biology at Stanford, who is a postdoc at Harvard. His daughter, Emily, a 2004 Texas A&M graduate, is an English teacher at the School of Science and Engineering at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center. His wife, Dr. Connie Hendrickson, is a consulting chemist who specializes in surfactants. Dr. C. Hendrickson was the 2007 recipient of the Daughtery award given by the Dallas/Ft. Worth Section of the American Chemical Society, and a 2008 winner of the National Green Chemistry Award for small businesses. In 2010 she was selected as a Fellow of the American Chemical Society.
Single electron transfer, organic free radicals, alkyl hypochlorites, mechanisms of alcohol and aldehyde oxidation by bleach and peroxide decomposition pathways.
"Hypochlorite Induced IPSO Substitution Reactions of Aromatic Alcohols and Related Compounds," Carrillo, H. V.; Rodriguez, A.Y.; Landolt, R. G.; Hendrickson, W.H. Synlett, 2011, 2069.
"Competing Reactions of Secondary Alcohols with Sodium Hypochlorite Promoted by Phase-Transfer Catalysis," Bright, Z. R.; Luyeye,C. R.; Morton, A. S.; Sedenko, M.; Landolt, R. G.; Bronzi, M. J.; Bohovic, K. M.; Gonser, M. W. A; Lapainis, T.; Hendrickson, W. H. J. Org. Chem. 2004, 70, 684-687.
"Mechanism of the Oxidation of Alcohols with Sodium Hypochlorite in Acetic Acid," Sakai, S.; Hendrickson. D. G.; Hendrickson; W. H.Tetrahedron Lett. 2000, 41, 2759-2763.
"Beta-Scission of Tertiary Alkyl Hypochlorites Promoted by Phase Transfer Catalysis," Dailey, J. I.; Hays, R. S.; Lee, H.; Mitchell, M. M.; Ries, J. J.; Landolt, R. G.; Husmann, H. H.; Lockridge, J. B.; Hendrickson, W. H. J. Org. Chem. 2000, 65, 2568-2571.
"Steric and Electronic Substituent Effects in Tertiary Alkyl Peroxide Decompositions," Hendrickson, W. H..; Nguyen, C. C.; Nguyen, J. T.; Simons, K. T. Tetrahedron Lett. 1995, 36, 7217-7220.
"Inert-Molecule-Separated Ion Pairs. Stereochemical, 18O, and Product Studies," White, E. H.; Field, K.; Hendrickson W. H.; Dzadzic, P.; Roswell, D. F.; Paik, S.; Mullen, P. W. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1993, 114, 8023-8031.
Dr. Hendrickson teaches the Organic Chemistry sequence at the University of Dallas: CHE 3121, CHE 3321,CHE 3122, CHE 3322. He also teaches Chemical Literature and Physical Organic Chemistry.