Hinkle’s recent research has been in two very different areas. In the realm of organic synthetic methods, he studies the catalytic generation of cyclic oxocarbenium ions. In the area of alternative fuels, he has evaluated and attempted to identify processing pathways for algal-derived organic components. Hinkle publishes in the best peer-reviewed journals for his field in the world, and he is the only chemistry faculty member at William & Mary to have garnered single-investigator funding from both the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. His current NSF funding supports his work in organic synthetic methodology. Hinkle has mentored over 85 undergraduates since his arrival at William & Mary and was recently recognized with the Jennifer and Devin Murphy Award for outstanding integration of research with teaching. Hinkle has also contributed to governance and service both at the university and to the profession. He is currently the chair of the College’s Athletic Policy Advisory Committee, as well as the Arts and Sciences’ Nominations and Elections Committee. In the field of chemistry, he is an active reviewer for journal manuscripts and grant proposals.