Faculty Directory

Lanrong Bi

Associate Professor, Chemistry

Affiliated Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

906-487-1868
lanrong@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 620A

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

Research Interests

  • Development of methods for modeling chemical properties and reactions
  • Modeling drug activity
  • The study of molecular spectroscopy
  • Detection of chemical warfare agents
  • Modeling gas-phase combustion reactions associated with energetic materials
  • Studying reactions of small, organic compounds on metal surfaces.

Paul Charlesworth

Associate Professor, Chemistry

Affiliated 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

Tarun K. Dam

Associate 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

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

Sarah A. Green

Professor, Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Climate change communication
  • Science-policy interface
  • Response of aquatic systems to climate change
  • Great Lakes
  • Behavior of metal-contaminated sediments in the Lake Superior basin
  • Fluorescence-based analytical methods
  • Aerosol chemistry
  • Origin and fate of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in terrestrial, lake, and marine environments
  • Methods for detection of free radicals, photochemical transformations of natural and anthropogenic organic compounds in the environment
  • integration of biological, geological, physical, and chemical data for understanding global cycles.

Patricia A. Heiden

Professor, Chemistry

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

Maryam Khaksari

Research Specialist

906-487-1469
mkhaksar@mtu.edu
218 GLRC

Research Interests

  • Developing LCMS Method for variety of applications
  • Analyzing LCMS data and formula assignment
  • Qualitative and quantitative analysis

Haiying Liu

Professor, Chemistry

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

Research Interests

  • Synthesis, characterization, biomedical sensing, imaging and therapeutic applications of water-soluble conjugated glycopolymers, glycodendrimers, glyconanopaticles, conjugated polyelectrolytes, small redox-active carbohydrate conjugates, and near-infrared fluorescent probes

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

Associate 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

Associate Dean, Graduate School

906-487-2094
ppmurthy@mtu.edu
Admin Building 412

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

Kathryn A. Perrine

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Surface chemistry and interfacial science
  • Reactivity of gases and solutions on metal oxide materials under model (ultra-high vacuum) and real (near ambient pressure) conditions
  • Designing metal-oxide architectures and nanostructures on various substrates; Atomic Layer Deposition and tailored growth approaches
  • Growth, properties and reactions on heterogeneous structures for energy and environmental applications

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 undergraduate, M.S. and Ph.D. students and Postdocs

Research Interests

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

Martin Thompson

Associate Professor, Chemistry

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

Associate Professor, Chemistry

Director, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) Program

Research Interests

  • Protein misfolding and 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

Xiaohu Xia

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

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

Research Interests

  • Development of novel diagnostic and biosensing technologies for clinical settings
  • Design and synthesis of functional nanomaterials with enhanced properties
  • Surface engineering of nanomaterials
Jinan Yuan portrait
"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, SFRES

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