Research Opportunities

The following faculty have active research programs and welcome inquiries both from undergraduate and graduate students. For more specific information about faculty research projects, please login here using your MUNET username and password.

Michael Castellani

Organotransition metal chemistry. Paramagnetic compounds. Magnetism in organotransition metal radicals. Steric influence in organotransition metal chemistry.

Scott Day

The development and characterization of surfaces with molecularly defined spacing for highly sensitive bioanalytical sensors such as protein biochips.

Leslie Frost

Biological Mass Spectrometry focussing on protein identification and analysis.

Derrick Kolling

Chemistry of photosynthetic water oxidation and the photon-dependent assembly of the water-oxidizing catalyst. Using algae and cyanobacteria as sources for biofuel production.

John Markiewicz

Organometallic chemistry and organic synthesis of materials for electronic application. Preparation of molecules for organic solar cells, transistors, LEDs, and semiconductors. Transition metal cross-coupling reactions and molecules with highly conjugated backbones are emphasized.

Laura McCunn

Matrix-isolation FTIR spectroscopy of radical intermediates in combustion reactions. Molecular photochemistry of halogenated hydrocarbons.

Robert Morgan

Synthesis and optical spectroscopy of organic and inorganic fluorophores.

Michael Norton

Directed Sequential Self-Assembly focusing on the use of DNA as an information rich directing element for organizing other molecular species, including metallic and semiconducting nanoparticles, proteins, molecular motors, other polymers and functionalized DNA. 

Kenneth O'Connor

Development of new general and organic chemistry laboratory experiments for undergraduates. Synthesis of molecules of biological interest. Investigation of new pedagogical methods to increase the comprehension and engagement of students in general and organic chemistry lecture and lab classes.

William Price

Chemical and Physical Properties of Gas Phase Biomolecules.

Rosalynn Quinones

Modification and characterization of metal oxide nanoparticles using thin films. Developing surface free radical polymerization to synthesize polymer brushes onto the metal oxide nanostructures.

John Rakus

Enzyme reaction mechanisms involving glycosyltransferases. Protein-carbohydrate interactions. Protein glycosylation in the immune response.

Lawrence Schmitz

Calculating thermodynamic properties using ab initio calculations, and the application of Atoms in Molecules (AIM) theory to molecules or ions believed to contain multicenter bonds.

Bin Wang

Development of microfluidic devices for biological automation. RNA structural determination.

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