John Sibert

Piper Professor
Associate Professor - Chemistry
Tags: Inorganic Organic Chemistry

Professional Preparation

NIH Postdoctoral Fellow
Northwestern University - 1995
Ph.D. - Chemistry
The University of Texas at Austin - 1991
B.S. - Chemistry
University of South Florida - 1986

Research Areas

Research Interests

My research program is centered around the synthesis and coordination chemistry of novel classes of macrocyclic receptors with applications that range from catalysis to medicine to materials science. Specific research areas include:

  • The "Wurster's" Crowns - Redox-Active Macrocyclic Receptors
  • Novel Lipophilic Hosts/Oligomeric Metal Complexes for use in Cancer Therapy/Diagnosis
  • Macrocycle Synthesis and Coordination Chemistry
  • Supramolecular Chemistry: Organic Host-Guest Systems
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry


The Little Orange Book II: Student Voices on Excellent Teaching, University of Texas Press 2020 (with the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers).  2020 - publications
An “atoms first” approach to the general chemistry laboratory, 1st, 2nd  and 3rd ed. (2012, 2014 and 2017, respectively), McGraw Hill (with Gregg Dieckmann).  2017 - publications
Galley, D.; Martin, G. S.; Stone, J. C.; Hunt, B.; Laswell, J.; Mortensen, L.; Sibert, J. 2015. A View from the High School/Two Year College Interface: Our Best Practices Employed in Engineering and Technology Education, in Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition. (Awarded Best Paper)  2015 - Publication
The Little Orange Book: Short Lessons in Excellent Teaching, University of Texas Press 2015, ebook 2020 (with the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers).  *Featured on the NPR program “Think with Kris Boyd” with in-studio interview.  2015 - publications
Sibert, J.; Goeckner, M.; Galley, D.; Goldammer, K. 2013. Lowering Barriers to Enhance 2 + 2 Transfer Student Success, Persistence and Retention: The Dallas STEM Gateways Collaborative, in Proceedings of the ASEE Gulf-Southwest Annual Conference.  2013 - publications
Goeckner, M.; Sibert, J.; Galley, D.; Goldammer, K. 2013. The Dallas STEM Gateways Collaborative: Initial Analysis of Course Grade Data Versus External Test Scores, in Proceedings of the Hawaii University International Conferences on Mathematics and Engineering Technology. 2013 - publications
Tristani, E. M.; Wirgrau, J. I.; Dubay, G. R.; Sibert, J. W.; Crumbliss, A. L. 2010.  Siderophore-Redox Active Ionophore Host-Guest Assemblies: A Prototype for Selective Metal Ion Compartmentalization. Inorganica Chimica Acta. 363 (13): 3611-3615 . 2010 - publications
Clare, J. P.; Statnikov, A.; Lynch, V.; Sargent, A. L.; Sibert, J. W. Wurster-Type Ureas as Redox-Active Receptors for Anions, J. Org. Chem. 2009, 74, 6637-6646. 2009 - Publication
DeBacker, M.; Hureau, M.; Depriester, M.; Deletoille, A.; Sargent, A. L.; Forshee, P. B.; Sibert, J. W. “On the Oxidation of Wurster’s Reagent and the Wurster’s Crown Analog of 15-Crown-5 in the Presence of Alkali Metal Cations,” J. Electroanal. Chem. 2008, 612, 97-104. 2008 - Publication
Sibert, J. W.; Forshee, P. B.; Hundt, G. R.; Sargent, A. L.; Bott, S. G.; Lynch, V. “Wurster’s Crowns: A Comparative Study of ortho- and para-Phenylenediamine-Containing Macrocyclic Receptors,” Inorg. Chem. 2007, 46, 10913-10925. 2007 - Publication


Associate Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [2006–Present]
Assistant Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [2000–Present]


Teacher of the Year - School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics [2019]
Minnie Stevens Piper Professor Award - Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation [2015]
UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers, Founding Fellow and Past President - UT System [2013]
Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award - UT System [2011]
STAR Award (for the PLTL program at UT Dallas) - Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board [2011]
President's Outstanding Teaching Award - UT Dallas [2010]
Advisor of the Year - UT Dallas [2008]
Advisor of the Year - UT Dallas [2006]
Advisor of the Year - UT Dallas [2005]
Teacher of the Year - School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics [2004]

Additional Information

  • Sibert, John W. "Wurster's Crown Ligands," U.S. Patent 6 262 258, 2001
  • Sibert, John W. "Wurster's Crown Ligands," U.S. Patent 6 441 164, 2002.

News Articles

Two UT Dallas Faculty Members Named Distinguished Teachers
Two faculty members at The University of Texas at Dallas have been inducted into the inaugural class of The University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Dr. Sheila Amin Gutiérrez de Piñeres, professor of economics and dean of undergraduate education, and Dr. John Sibert, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, were among the first 12 individuals chosen to join the new academy, which recognizes outstanding educators at UT’s nine academic institutions. The members of the academy will serve as a system-level advocacy group dedicated to enhancing teaching, fostering innovation in the classroom and promoting interdisciplinary perspectives on education.
Admired Chemistry Prof Wins Presidents Award
In recognition of his skills as an educator and mentor, Dr. John Sibert has received a President’s Teaching Excellence Award. An associate professor of chemistry in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Sibert was selected from among 118 eligible faculty members who were nominated by undergraduate students. The award carries a stipend of $5,000. “In parallel with his extraordinary effort in improving science education, Dr. Sibert has maintained his chemistry research program and continues to train undergraduate and graduate students in his laboratory. We congratulate him,” said Dr. Myron Salamon, dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
Piper Foundation Recognizes Chemistry Professor for Dedication to Teaching
Dr. John Sibert, associate professor of chemistry in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at UT Dallas, has been named a 2015 Piper Professor by the San Antonio–based Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation.
The award, established in 1958 to recognize outstanding college professors across Texas, is made annually to 10 educators to honor their dedication to the teaching profession and for their outstanding academic, scientific and scholarly achievement.


Honors/ Synergistic Activities

  • Honorary member, Golden Key National Honor Society
  • School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Teaching Leader (2016-2017)
  • "Best Class" at UT-Dallas in Texas Monthly 's "2004 Guide to Texas Colleges + Universities"
  • On-Camera Science Advisor (2004, 2008, 2011) - channels 8 (Dallas-Fort Worth ABC affiliate) and 11 (Dallas-Fort Worth CBS affiliate) News
  • Founder/Organizer/Host of the "Kids in Chemistry" programs at UT-Dallas
  • Featured as "Dr. Slime" in cover story for Nickelodeon's "Slime Across America Tour" (2007)
  • Event Director for Chemistry - Science Olympiad (2007)
  • UTD Faculty Spotlight (2007)
  • Co-Director, GEMS (Gateways to Excellence in Math and Science) Education Plan
  • Alpha Gamma Delta "Teacher of the Year" (2003)
  • Who's Who Among American Teachers & Educators (2006-2007)
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers (2004-2005), (2006-2007)
  • Who's Who in Sciences Higher Education (2006)
  • Public Lectures on Science (Keynote/Plenary Speaker): 150th Year Celebration of the Periodic Table (Collin College); Dallas Zoo Teen Science Cafe (NSF); Texas Instruments’ Engineering Your Future Through Math and Science Program; TI Foundation STEM Teaching Fellows Academy; Urban League EDGE Program; Minority Scholars Symposium (UT Dallas Multicultural Center); Dallas STEM Gateway Collaborative Lectures; Perot Museum of Science and Nature Lectures; Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (Austin, TX); Tech on Tap (Trinity Hall Irish Pub)
  • Founder/Organizer of the Peer Led Team Learning (PLTL) Program for courses in the Math and Sciences at UT Dallas (2011 STAR Award) 


Founding Fellow (2013), Past President (2015-2017)
UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers