• Principles of Inorganic Chemistry textbook by Brian W. Pfennig

Brian Pfennig

Dr. Brian Pfennig came to Ursinus in 2004 as a visiting assistant professor while Dr. Andrew Price was on sabbatical leave and was subsequently hired as the general chemistry laboratory coordinator, a role which has expanded to include teaching the advanced general chemistry and inorganic chemistry courses.

Prior to teaching at Ursinus, Dr. Pfennig earned his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at Princeton University, did a post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and taught at the college-level for ten years at a variety of small liberal arts colleges in the Northeast.

Dr. P enjoys engaging students in undergraduate research experiences in the area of mixed-valence compounds, while putting the finishing touches on his inorganic chemistry textbook. In his spare time, he has traveled to 55 of the 59 national parks and enjoys photography, fitness, and gardening.




  • B.S., Albright College
  • Ph.D. Princeton University


Inorganic Chemistry
General Chemistry
Advanced General Chemistry
Independent Research

Research Interests

Inorganic chemistry
Mixed-valence compounds

Recent Work

Principles of Inorganic Chemistry textbook is being published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. in 2015