Ingrid Montes

Ingrid MontesProfessor


Phone: (787) 764-0000, ext 3004
Fax: (787) 764-1588
Department of Chemistry
University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras
PO Box 23346
San Juan, PR 00931-3346


Ph.D., 1985, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras Campus
Thesis advisor: Gerald Larson
B.S., 1980, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras Campus



  • Director-at-Large-American Chemical Society (2013-2015)
  • Honorary Member, Golden Key International Honour Society, 2013
  • American Chemical Society Volunteer Service Award, 2012
  • American Chemical Society Fellow, 2010
  • IUPAC Fellow, 2006
  • Leonardo Igaravidez Award, American Chemical Society, Puerto Rico Section, 2006
  • Chemical Education Award, American Chemical Society, Puerto Rico Section, 1999

Research Interests

Organometallic chemistry, ferrocene derivatives, green chemistry, chemical education

Research focus

Organometallic chemistry: Ferrocene has attracted the attention of scientists because of its numerous uses in chemical sensing, asymmetric catalysis, and in material science. Its derivatives have many applications, which include optical devices, redox mediators for enzyme sensors, biofuel cells, and the synthesis of biological active drugs. Our research explores the synthesis and characterization of various ferrocene derivatives, mainly based on ferrocenyl chalcones core, and to study their potential applications including molecular materials, as redox-sensors, polymers and in drug design.

Chemical education: Our research work is based upon the theoretical perspective building on constructivist and meaningful learning theory. In this respect, the construction of knowledge will therefore depend on the interaction of personal experiences with private understandings. As educators, we must be aware of student understandings and provide the adequate environment and opportunities for students to more easily create and retrieve appropriate conceptions. Our research includes three intertwined branches: the instruction (transmission of attitudes, skills and habits of inquiry to students), the practice (development of the tools and methods used to teach chemistry) and the assessment.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

Myrna R. Otaño Vega, Kennett I. Rivero and Ingrid Montes González
"(E )-1-Ferrocenyl-3-(2-methoxyphenyl)prop-2-en-1-one" Acta Cryst. 2014, E70, m108–m109.

Ana Guadalupe, Rocío Cardona, Kenneth Hernandez, Laura Pedro, Myrna Otaño, and Ingrid Montes "Electrochemical and Spectroscopical Characterization of Ferrocenyl Chalcones" Journal of The Electrochemical Society 2010, 157, 104-110.

I. Montes, D Sanabria Ríos "Assessment of Organic Inquiry-Based Laboratory Experiences Targeting Different Learning Styles: Ethnographic Study" The Chemical Educator, 2010, 15, 79–89.

I. Montes, J. Cintron-Maldonado, I. Pérez, V. Montes-Berríos and S. Román "A sticky situation: dissolving chewing gum with chocolate" J. Chem. Ed., 2010, 87, 396-397.

I. Montes, J. Fajardo and A. Maldonado "Applying the Guided Inquiry Approach in the Qualitative Organic Analysis Experiment" J. Chem. Ed., accepted for publication.

I. Montes, E. Valentín, W. Adam "Counterion Effects in the Nucleophilic Substitution Reaction of the Acetate Ion with Alkyl Bromides in the Synthesis of Esters" J. Chem. Ed., 2009, 86, 1315-18.

I. Montes, A. Padilla, A. Maldonado, S. Negretti "Student-Centered Use of Case Studies Incorporating Oral and Writing Skills To Explore Scientific Ethical Misconduct" J. Chem. Ed., 2009, 86, 936-939.

I. Montes, C. Lai "Hey; Where did it go? A Guided Inquiry Experiment for the Organic Chemistry" The Chemical Educator, 2007, 12, 175–176.

I. Montes, D Sanabria Ríos, J. Fajardo, M. García, J. Castro "A Greener Approach to Aspirin Synthesis Using Microwave Irradiation, J. Chem. Ed., 2006, 83, 628-631.

I. Montes and C. Collazo, "ACS Student Affiliates Chapters-More than Just a Chemistry Club" J. Chem. Ed., 2003, 10, 1151-52.

I. Montes, C. Lai and D. Sanabria, "Like Dissolves Like", J. Chem. Ed., 2003, 80, 447- 449.

I. Montes, José A. Prieto, Marilyn García, "Using Molecular Modeling in the Organic Chemistry Course for Majors" The Chemical Educator, 2002, 7, 293-296.

H. Zhou. C. Lai and I. Montes, "Crystal structure of 1,5-bis(2-methoxyphenyl)-1,4-pentadien-3-one, C19H18O3", Z. Kristalogr. NCS, 1999, 214, 53-54.

Non-Refereed Publications
I. Montes "Offer Your Service-The Benefits Are Endless", Chemical & Engineering News, 87(44), June 22, 2009.

I. Montes "NCW, Chemists Celebrate Earth Day, and the Importance of Outreach", Chemical & Engineering News, 86(43), October 27, 2008.

I. Montes 'The Many Faces of Chemistry', Chemical & Engineering News, 85(43), October 22, 2007.

I. Montes J. Jankowski “Celebrating 20 Years of National Chemistry Week” Journal of Chemical Education, 2007, 84, 1092–1093.