Jon Vander Woude

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Education

Ph.D., Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 2016
B.S., Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, Illinois, 2010

Associated Academic Programs

Chemistry

“Possessing at least a basic knowledge of chemistry provides a greater understanding of and appreciation for the complicated world around us, as well as the God who created it.”

Dr. Jon Vander Woude ’10 wants his students to understand that science and Christianity are not opposed to each other. “Rather, they work together wonderfully.” He also wants students to know that their education extends beyond his classroom. “I expect my students to work hard in their classes. But if that’s all they get out of their time at Trinity, then they are missing out. Most of my students are involved in music, theatre, sports, student government, and any other number of extracurricular groups at Trinity, and I think that is awesome! I always try to make sure my students know I support their involvement in these other areas by taking an active interest in them and attending at least one public event they are involved in, whether that is a concert, a performance, a sporting event, or anything else.”

What drew him to Trinity:

Vander Woude’s favorite thing about teaching at Trinity is how he can connect the fascinating aspects of chemistry to shared faith in the amazing God who created all of that science. “It’s incredible to learn about how hydrogen bonding in water makes life possible, the simple yet intricate way our bodies get glucose from our digestive tract into our blood stream, or how subtle changes in the concentration of H3O+ change the pH and thus have a dramatic impact on the chemistry that takes place. Any of these ideas are fascinating on their own, but then when you stop and think about how the God who created all of them also created and loves you, that gives the chemistry a whole new meaning.”

Research interests:

His current collaborative research with Dr. Michael Bosscher is focused on lanthanide-binding proteins. Lanthanides are present in low concentrations many places, but are only able to be mined in a few locations. “We hope the proteins we are developing will allow us to take advantage of low concentration sources of lanthanides like the ocean by binding lanthanides over all other elements. We hope a second vein of this same project will allow us to use our proteins to detect lanthanides in low concentrations with simple and widely available equipment.”

When he’s not teaching:

Vander Woude loves spending time with his wife. “We especially enjoy time together outdoors or engaging in our shared nerdy passions, including–but not limited to–Harry Potter and Doctor Who. I am also an avid musician who plays guitar and sings in a church praise band, and I enjoy both watching and playing sports when I can find the time.”

Courses

Biochemistry
Fundamentals of Chemistry
Organic Chemistry

Physical Chemistry
Science Majors Seminar

Professional Society Memberships

American Chemical Society

+ Expertise

Dr. Jon Vander Woude ’10 wants his students to understand that science and Christianity are not opposed to each other. “Rather, they work together wonderfully.” He also wants students to know that their education extends beyond his classroom. “I expect my students to work hard in their classes. But if that’s all they get out of their time at Trinity, then they are missing out. Most of my students are involved in music, theatre, sports, student government, and any other number of extracurricular groups at Trinity, and I think that is awesome! I always try to make sure my students know I support their involvement in these other areas by taking an active interest in them and attending at least one public event they are involved in, whether that is a concert, a performance, a sporting event, or anything else.”

What drew him to Trinity:

Vander Woude’s favorite thing about teaching at Trinity is how he can connect the fascinating aspects of chemistry to shared faith in the amazing God who created all of that science. “It’s incredible to learn about how hydrogen bonding in water makes life possible, the simple yet intricate way our bodies get glucose from our digestive tract into our blood stream, or how subtle changes in the concentration of H3O+ change the pH and thus have a dramatic impact on the chemistry that takes place. Any of these ideas are fascinating on their own, but then when you stop and think about how the God who created all of them also created and loves you, that gives the chemistry a whole new meaning.”

Research interests:

His current collaborative research with Dr. Michael Bosscher is focused on lanthanide-binding proteins. Lanthanides are present in low concentrations many places, but are only able to be mined in a few locations. “We hope the proteins we are developing will allow us to take advantage of low concentration sources of lanthanides like the ocean by binding lanthanides over all other elements. We hope a second vein of this same project will allow us to use our proteins to detect lanthanides in low concentrations with simple and widely available equipment.”

When he’s not teaching:

Vander Woude loves spending time with his wife. “We especially enjoy time together outdoors or engaging in our shared nerdy passions, including–but not limited to–Harry Potter and Doctor Who. I am also an avid musician who plays guitar and sings in a church praise band, and I enjoy both watching and playing sports when I can find the time.”

+ Courses, Publications & Research

Courses

Biochemistry
Fundamentals of Chemistry
Organic Chemistry

Physical Chemistry
Science Majors Seminar

+ Awards & Memberships

Professional Society Memberships

American Chemical Society

Publications and Research

“Charge-Disproportionation Symmetry Breaking Creates a Heterodimeric Myoglobin Complex with Enhanced Affinity and Rapid Intracomplex Electron Transfer.” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138 (38), pp 12615–12628