Faculty and Staff Directory

Kapil Adhikari

Kapil Adhikari

Postdoctoral Fellow (L. Valenzano)

kadhikar@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 702

Dallas K. Bates

Professor Emeritus, Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Improving and developing new methods for heterocycle synthesis
  • Creating novel applications for sulfoxides and other reactive sulfur species

Lanrong Bi

Associate Professor, Chemistry

Adjunct Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

906-487-1868
lanrong@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 402C

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Chemical biology: development of novel molecular probes for DNA sequencing analysis and disease gene discovery
  • Medicinal chemistry: development of new imaging and therapeutic agents towards cancer and cardiovascular disease; Design and synthesis of novel prodrugs of peptides and peptide mimetics.
Lois A. Blau

Lois A. Blau

Director, Chemistry Learning Center

Coordinator, Academic Advising

Academic Advisor (for undergraduate majors, double/dual majors, minors & transfer students)

906-487-2297
lablau@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 206A

Richard E. Brown

Professor Emeritus, Chemistry

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Applied quantum chemistry, Computational chemistry
  • Gas phase acidities of carbon acids
  • Structure and stability of gas phase complexes
  • The Transition State Structure and Stable Conformations of the Myo-Inositol Phosphates
  • The mechanisms for biological activity of Old Yellow Enzyme (OYE) and D-Amino Acid Oxidase (DAAO)
  • Mechanisms of organic reactions

Cary F. Chabalowski

Professor & Chair, Chemistry

906-487-2048
cfchabal@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 607E

Paul Charlesworth

Associate Professor, Chemistry

Undergraduate Advisor, Second-Year Students

Adjunct Associate Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

906-487-2702
pcharles@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 708A

Research Interests

  • Chemical education
  • Technology-supported learning
  • Online and Blended Classrooms
  • Flipped Classrooms
  • Spatial Ability

Bahne C. Cornilsen

Professor, Chemistry

Special Advisor for Double-Major Students, Minor Students, and Other Cases

906-487-2295
bccornil@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 706A

Research Interests

  • The nickel electrode used in Ni-hydrogen and Ni-Cd batteries (the active cathode material is actually a nickel hydroxide or oxyhydroxide)
  • Prediction of vibrational spectra
  • Influence of point defects on vibrational spectra
  • Vibrational spectra of minerals

Tarun K. Dam

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Molecular basis of glycan (carbohydrate)-mediated biological functions
  • Glycan binding proteins or lectins
  • Glycan detection
  • Mechanistic glycobiology
  • Macromolecular communication
  • Biomolecular thermodynamics

Shiyue Fang

Associate Professor, Chemistry

906-487-2023
shifang@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 620C

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Organic synthesis, including the synthesis of natural and unnatural useful molecules and the development of synthetic methodologies.
Andrew Galerneau

Andrew Galerneau

Lecturer, Chemistry

906-281-7725
ajgalern@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 601B
Celine E. Grace

Celine E. Grace

Office Assistant

906-487-2048
cegrace@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 607D

Sarah A. Green

Professor, Chemistry

906-487-3419
sgreen@mtu.edu
GLRC 320

Research Interests

  • Origin and fate of DOC in terrestrial, lake, and marine environments
  • Methods for detection of free radicals, photochemical transformations of natural and anthropogenic organic compounds in the environment
  • Oxidative degradation reactions
  • Response of aquatic systems to climate change
  • Effects of electrostatic charge and ionic strength on fast reaction kinetics
  • Behavior of metal-contaminated sediments in the Lake Superior basin
  • Fluorescence-based analytical methods

Patricia A. Heiden

Professor, Chemistry

Undergraduate Advisor, Third-Year Students

Research Interests

  • Synthesizing, processing, and characterizing polymers and composites or nanoparticles
  • Stimulus-response nanoparticles for drug delivery
  • Electrospinning of nanofibers for tissue scaffolds
  • Structured nanoparticles for low-leaching wood preservation
  • Biocomposites and biofibers
  • Studies of controlled nanoscale interfaces of rice-hull reinforced composites
  • Engineered wood- or biopolymer-reinforced composites having improved processing, longevity, moisture resistance, and mechanical properties
Denise J. Laux

Denise J. Laux

Department Coordinator

906-487-2634
djlaux@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 607C

Haiying Liu

Professor, Chemistry

Undergraduate Research/Cooperative Education Advisor

906-487-3451
hyliu@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 402E

Research Interests

  • Synthesis, characterization, and biomedical and sensing applications of water-soluble conjugated glycopolymers, glycodendrimers, glyconanopaticles, conjugated polyelectrolytes, small redox-active carbohydrate conjugates, and functional carbon nanotube arrays

Marshall W. Logue

Professor Emeritus, Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Application of organic synthesis to carbohydrates, C-nucleosides, and nucleotide analogues
  • Reactions of carbohydrate cyclic ortho esters with organosilicon reagents
  • Developing short and high-yield syntheses for glycosyl alkynyl ketones
  • Synthesis of nucleotide analogues, including acyclic C- nucleotide analogues, that have phosphate group masked as phosphate esters

Rudy Luck

Associate Professor, Chemistry

906-487-2309
rluck@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 701B

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Low-valent molybdenum complexes capable of activating dinitrogen
  • Synthesis and characterization of heteronuclear quadruply bonded metal-metal complexes
  • Molecular dihydrogen compounds
  • Catalytic applications of metal-oxo/peroxo systems in the area of epoxidation of olefins
  • Construction of metallo-framework cluster materials
Jerry L. Lutz

Jerry L. Lutz

Assistant Research Engineer / Scientist

906-370-7402
jllutz@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 701D

Lynn R. Mazzoleni

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

906-487-1853
lrmazzol@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 402D

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Understanding the identities, occurrence, and transformation of aerosol organic compounds
  • Identifying organic aerosol constituents from a variety of atmospheric environments
  • Exploration of new LC column chemistries with ultrahigh pressure pumps for fast and thorough separations
  • Aqueous reaction pathways

Pushpalatha Murthy

Professor, Chemistry

906-487-2094
ppmurthy@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 505

Research Interests

  • Structure, metabolism, and biological role of phosphoinositides in plant cells
  • Catalytic and structural aspects of phytases, including specificity of hydrolysis, molecular weight and subunit structure, amino acid sequence, and molecular biology
  • Biosynthesis, subcellular localization, and biological role of novel scyllo-inositol containing phosphoinositides
Charlene Page Staff Photo

Charlene Page

Administrative Assistant

906-487-2048
cpage@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 607
Aparna Pandey

Aparna Pandey

Laboratory Associate

906-487-3481
apandey@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 508A
Lorri A. Reilly

Lorri A. Reilly

Lab Supervisor

906-487-2044
lareilly@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 508B
Dean W. Seppala

Dean W. Seppala

Research Associate

906-370-7404
dwseppal@mtu.edu
Chem Sci S002
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Joel Smith

Chem Stores Assistant

906-487-2049
joels@mtu.edu
Chem-Sci B0002A
Kelley M. Smith

Kelley M. Smith

Lab Supervisor

906-370-7401
kmsmith@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 706C

Dario Stacchiola

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Understanding the elemental chemical processes on simple model surfaces under pristine conditions
  • Synthesis of metal and oxide nanoparticles deposited on novel film oxides, and their multi-technique characterization by photoelectron and infrared spectroscopies and scanning probe microscopy, in combination with theoretical models
Momoko Tajiri

Momoko Tajiri

Research Scientist (M. Thompson)

Marina Tanasova

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

906-487-1163
mtanasov@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 620B

Links of Interest

  • Positions are open for Ph.D. and M.S. students

Research Interests

  • Synthesis of molecular probes for evaluating substrate selection by carbohydrate transporters
  • Development of platforms for tumor imaging and drug delivery
  • Evaluating mechanisms of damage selection by DNA repair pathways
  • Design and synthesis of bioreductively-activated DNA repair inhibitors

Martin Thompson

Associate Professor, Chemistry

Undergraduate Advisor, Fourth-Year Students

906-487-3522
thompson@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 510B

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Understanding the molecular recognition features and assembly mechanisms of gene regulation

Ashutosh Tiwari

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

906-487-1840
tiwari@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 402B

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Protein aggregation diseases
  • Consequences of protein misfolding in vitro and how it relates to misfolding in vivo
  • Molecular crowding
Laleh Vahdat

Laleh Vahdat

Instructor

906-487-2865
lvahdat@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 701C
Loredana Valenzano
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them."
—"Walden" - H.D. Thoreau

Loredana Valenzano

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

906-487-1602
lvalenza@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 701A

Links of Interest

Reviewer for:

  • ACS: JACS, J Phys Chem Lett, J Phys Chem A/C, Inor Chem
  • RSC: J Mat Chem A/B/C, Dalton Trans, CrystEngComm, PCCP, New J Chem
  • Elsevier: Chem Phys Lett, J Solid State Chem, Appl Surf Science, Comp Mat Science, Physica B: Cond Matt
  • Springer: J Porous Mat
  • AIP: J Chem Phys
  • MDPI: Materials

Research Interests

  • Computational characterization of molecules and materials: energetic materials, nanoporous materials, cementing materials, active pharmaceutical ingredients, crystal growth, nucleation, surfaces, effect of defects on the structures and properties of materials, effect of water/solvents on material evolution and degradation, biomolecules
Donald D. Wareham

Donald D. Wareham

Manager, Chemstores

906-487-2049
ddwareha@mtu.edu
Chem Sci B002A

John G. Williams

Professor Emeritus, Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Modeling of Thermoset Cure
  • Phase-change mechanism and the properties of the resultant thermoset solid
  • Rheology of Curing Resins
  • Developing closed-loop control of composite processing
  • Molecular Basis for Deformation and Fracture in Polymers

Xiaohu Xia

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

906-487-2470
xiaxh@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 402C

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Design and synthesis of novel inorganic nanomaterials with enhanced properties
  • Biomedical and catalytic applications of advanced nanomaterials
  • Development of new techniques for sensitive, rapid, and low-cost disease diagnostics that are applicable in clinical settings
Yinan Yuan
"The RNA regulatory system might have been essential prerequisite to both the evolution of developmentally sophisticated multicellular organisms and the rapid expansion of phenotyptic complexity into uncontested environment"

Yinan Yuan

Research Assistant Professor

906-487-1835
yinyuan@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 180

Areas of Expertise

  • Identification and characterization of natural antisense transcripts in woody plants
  • Alternative splicing and salicylic acid metabolism in populus
  • Sequencing complex plant genome through gene-enriched methods