Faculty Research

The Department of Chemistry faculty welcome research inquiries from both undergraduate and graduate students.


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.
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Laura McCunn
Matrix-isolation FTIR spectroscopy of radical intermediates in combustion reactions. Molecular photochemistry of halogenated hydrocarbons.
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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.
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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.
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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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Weiping Zeng
(Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology)

Molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis.
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