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Kelsey Brereton

Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Natural Science, Seaver College
RAC 116


Kelsey Brereton is a Southern California native and received her bachelors degree in chemistry at Pepperdine University in 2013. From there, she pursued her doctorate in inorganic chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied the thermodynamics of metal-hydride bonds for applications in hydrogen storage technologies. Her research combined synthetic chemistry with several analytical methods of analysis, including computational chemistry. Upon successful defense of her dissertation, Dr. Brereton returned to Pepperdine as a visiting assistant professor of chemistry.


  • PhD Inorganic Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2018
  • BS Chemistry, Pepperdine University, 2013


  • Kurtz, D. A.; Brereton, K. R.; Ruoff, K. P.; Tang, H. M.; Felton, G. A. N.; Miller, A. J. M.; Dempsey, J. L. "Bathochromic Shifts in Rhenium Carbonyl Dyes Induced Through Destabilization of Occupied Orbitals" Inorg. Chem. 2018, 57, 5389-5399.
  • Brereton, K. R.; Bonn, A. G.; Miller, A. J. M. "Molecular Photoelectrocatalysts for Light-Driven Hydrogen Production." ACS Energy Lett. 2018, 3, 1128-1136.
  • Brereton, K. R; Bellows, S. M.; Fallah, H.; Lopez, A. A.; Adams, R. M.; Miller, A. J. M.; Jones, W. D.; Cundari, T. R. "Aqueous Hydricity from Calculations of Reduction Potential and Acidity in Water." J. Phys. Chem. B. 2016, 120, 12911-12919.
  • Brereton, K. R; Pitman, C.L. Cundari, T. R.; Miller, A. J. M. "Solvent-Dependent Thermochemistry of an Iridium/Ruthenium H2 Evolution Catalyst." Inorg. Chem. 2016, 55, 12042-12051.
  • Pitman, C. L.; Brereton, K. R.; Miller, A. J. M. "Aqueous Hydricity of Late Metal Catalysts as a Continuum Tuned by Ligands and the Medium." J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 2252-2260


  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemistry Lab