Faculty and Staff 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
  • 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.
Lois 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

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

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

Bahne C. Cornilsen

  • Professor Emeritus, Chemistry
906-487-2295
bccornil@mtu.edu

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

  • 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
906-487-3452
paheiden@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 415

Links of Interest

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
Denise Laux

Denise J. Laux

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

Haiying Liu

  • Professor, Chemistry
906-487-3451
hyliu@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 402E

Links of Interest

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

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

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 Lutz

Jerry L. Lutz

  • Assistant Research Engineer / Scientist
906-370-7402
jllutz@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 701D

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
Kimberly McMullan

Kimberly McMullan

  • Office Assistant
1-906-487-2048
klmcmull@mtu.edu
ChemSci 607

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
Charlene Page

Charlene Page

  • Office 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

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
Lorri Reilly

Lorri A. Reilly

  • Lab Supervisor
906-487-2044
lareilly@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 508B
Dean Seppala

Dean W. Seppala

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

Joel Smith

  • Chem Stores Assistant
906-487-2049
joels@mtu.edu
Chem Sci B0002A
Kelley Smith

Kelley M. Smith

  • Lab Supervisor
906-370-7401
kmsmith@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 706A

Links of Interest

Dario Stacchiola

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Chemistry

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
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 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

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
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, 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