Faculty Directory

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.

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

906-487-2940
tkdam@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 510C

Links of Interest

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.

Sarah A. Green

Professor, Chemistry

906-487-2048
sgreen@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 607

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

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

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

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

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

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
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