Skip To Content

Athabasca University

Dr. Dietmar Kennepohl, FCIC

Professor, Chemistry



I graduated Summa Cum Laude from McMaster University with a B.Sc. (Honours) degree in chemistry and continued directly my doctoral studies at the University of Alberta in main group synthetic chemistry. Before coming to Athabasca University I also did a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Guelph and was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Universität Göttingen in Germany. Most of my teaching experience has been in a distributed and online setting. I hold both university and national teaching awards. Over the years, I was a visiting professor at the University of Otago (New Zealand), Universität Göttingen (Germany), Universität Freiburg (Germany), and the Open University (England) while on sabbatical leaves.

During my tenure at the university I have been B.Sc. Program Director, Chair of Centre for Science, Director of ARBRI, and Associate (and Acting) Vice President Academic. I have also been heavily involved in science outreach initiatives including public lectures, chemistry demonstrations, invited classroom speaker, ATA Science Council workshops and talks, as well as being chief judge at the Edmonton Regional Science Fair. I was on Alberta Council of Admissions and Transfer for almost ten years and am currently Vice Chair on the Board of the Alberta Rural Development Network  as well as a Director of Local Sections on the Board of the Chemical Society of Canada.

My research interests have included chemical education as well as petroleum, main group and coordination chemistry. My research in chemical education includes online chemistry courses and concentrates on the use of innovative distance delivery methods for undergraduate laboratory work.

Selected Publications


D. K. Kennepohl (Ed) Teaching Science Online: Practical Guidance for Effective Instruction and Lab Work. Stylus Publishing: Sterling, VA, 2016. (ISBN: 978-1-620-36187-0)

D. Kennepohl and L. Shaw (Eds) Accessible Elements: Teaching Science Online and at a Distance, Canada: AU Press, 2010. (ISBN: 978-1-897-42547-3) Winner of the 2010 Charles A. Wedemeyer Award and is a freely available publication.

H.W. Roesky and D.K. Kennepohl (Eds) Experiments in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Germany: Wiley-VCH, 2009. (ISBN: 978-3-527-32546-7)

Book Chapters

D. Kennepohl 'Teaching Science at a Distance' In M. G. Moore (Ed) Handbook of Distance Education: 3rd Edition (pp. 670–683), England: Routelage, 2013.

D. Kennepohl 'Pitfalls and Prospects: Integrating ICTs in Tertiary Science Education' In J. Peterson, O. Lee, T. Islam, M. Piscioneri (Eds) Effectively Implementing Information Communication Technology in Higher Education in the Asia-Pacific Region (pp. 371–388), New York, USA: Nova Publishers, 2012.

D. Kennepohl, C. Ives, and B. Stewart 'Athabasca University: Canada's Open University' In D. G. Oblinger (Ed) Game Changers: Education and Information Technologies (pp. 159-174), United States: EDUCAUSE, 2012.

D. Kennepohl 'Remote Teaching Laboratories in Science and Engineering', In P. L. Rogers, G. A. Berg, J. V. Boettecher, C. Howard, L. Justice, K. D. Schenk (Eds) Encyclopedia of Distance Learning, 2nd ed. (pp. 1749-1753), United States: Idea Group Reference, 2009.

B. Stewart, M. Gismondi, B. Heller, D. Kennepohl, R. McGreal, and Christine Nelson 'Choosing MOODLE: An Evaluation of Learning Management Systems at Athabasca University', In M. R. Syed (Ed) Methods and Applications for Advancing Distance Education Technologies: International Issues and Solutions (pp. 167-173), Hershey PA: Information Science Reference, 2009.

Refereed Journal Articles

D. K. Kennepohl ‘Incorporating Learning Outcomes in Transfer Credit: The Way Forward for Campus Alberta?’, Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 2016, 46(2), 148–164.

L. Shaw and D. Kennepohl ‘Student and Faculty Outcomes of Undergraduate Science Research Projects by Geographically Dispersed Students’, International Review of Research in Open and Distance Education, 2013, 14(5), 69–81.

D. Kennepohl, C. Ives, B. Stewart, and R. McGreal 'Building the E-University: Transforming Athabasca University', EDUCAUSE Review Online, May/June 2012.

D. Kennepohl, M. Guay, and V. Thomas 'Using an Online, Self-Diagnostic Test for Introductory General Chemistry at an Open University', Journal of Chemical Education, 2010, 87(11), 1273–1277.

D. Kennepohl and M. Connors 'An Inexpensive Mini-colorimeter for Undergraduate Science Laboratories', Australian Journal of Education in Chemistry, 2010, 70, 38-41.

D. Kennepohl 'The Science Gap in Canada: A Post-Secondary Perspective', Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 4 April 2009, 93.

H.W. Roesky and D. Kennepohl 'Drawing Attention with Chemistry Cartoons', Journal of Chemical Education, 2008, 85(1), 1355-1360.

D. Kennepohl 'Using home-laboratory kits to teach general chemistry', Chemistry Education: Research and Practice, 2007, 8(3), 337-348.

D. Kennepohl, A. Thomas, and R. McDonald 'Synthesis and structure of [[Cu2(6,6'-bis(2-(2pyridyl)ethyliminomethyl)-2,2'-bipyridine)2][PF6]2', Acta Crystallographica Section E, Crystal Structure Communications, 2006, 62(11), m2967-m2969.

D. Kennepohl, J. Baran, M. Connors, K.Quigley, and R. Currie 'Remote Access to Instrumental Analysis for Distance Education in Science', International Review of Research in Distance Education, 2005, 6(3), (online journal, ISSN: 1492-3831).

Brandt, C.D., Plieger, P.G., Kelly, R.J., de Geest, D.J., Kennepohl, D.K., Iremonger, S.S., Brooker, S.A., 'Dinickel(II), dizinc(II) and dilead(II) complexes of a pyridazine-containing Schiff-base macrocycle', Inorganica Chimica Acta, 2004, 357, 4265-4272.

Baran, J., Currie, R. & Kennepohl, D., 'Remote Instrumentation for the Teaching Laboratory', Journal of Chemical Education, 2004, 81(12), 1814-1816.

Lan, Y., Kennepohl, D., Moubaraki, B., Murray, K., Cashion, J.D., Jameson, G.B. & Brooker, S. 'Coordination algorithms control molecular architechture: [CuI4(L2)4]4+ grid complex versus [MII(L2)2X4]y+ side-by-side complexes (M = Mn, Co, Ni, Zn; X = solvent or anion) and [FeII(L2)3][Cl3FeIIIOFeIIICl3]', Chemistry: A European Journal, 2003, 9(16), 3772-3784. (Molecular picture of my compound was also featured for front cover of journal, 9/16.)

Updated December 11 2014 by Student & Academic Services

AU, CANADA'S OPEN UNIVERSITY, is an internationally recognized leader in online and distance learning.