Professor of Chemistry

Rico Del Sesto

Rico Del Sesto

Originally from the northeast, I received a BS in Chemistry from Colby College (Maine), and then a PhD from the University of Utah in the area of hybrid organic-inorganic materials, specifically unstable organic compounds for magnetic materials.
I received a National Academies of Science (National Research Council) Postdoctoral Fellowship to work with even more strange organic materials (ionic liquids) for energy and materials applications at the US Air Force Academy, and expanded upon that work at Los Alamos National Laboratory to help address some of the biggest challenges we face today in energy and national security.
My goals always included teaching and working with undergraduate students, and Utah Tech is a great place for this.

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Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry

  • University of Utah, 2002

B.A. in Chemistry

  • Colby College, Waterville, ME 1997


  • CHEM 2310 - Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 2320 - Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 2600 - Laboratory Safety and Practices
  • CHEM 4310 - Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 4800R - Independent Research


Rico Del Sesto

Professor of Chemistry


Phone: 435-879-7767

Office: SET 425