Chemistry

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

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.
Jeremy Brown

Jeremy Brown

  • Chemistry Learning Center, Director
  • Undergraduate Advisor

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

Paul Charlesworth

  • Associate Professor, Chemistry
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Research Interests

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

Christo Z. Christov

  • Associate Professor, Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Enzyme Reaction Mechanisms and Dynamics
  • Non-Heme Iron Histone Demethylases
  • Multiscale Modeling of Epigenetic Mechanisms

Bahne C. Cornilsen

  • Professor Emeritus, Chemistry

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
  • Director, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) Program

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

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

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

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

John Jaszczak

  • Interim Department Chair, Chemistry and Professor, Physics
  • Affiliated Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, and Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Adjunct Curator, A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum

Teaching Interests

  • Nanotechnology Education

Research Interests

  • Theoretical condensed matter physics
  • Theory and modeling of single-electron transport devices
  • Modeling and simulation of properties of interfaces and interface materials
  • Atomistic computational physics of surface phases and surface dynamics
  • Crystal growth
  • Mineralogy of natural graphite

Tatyana G. Karabencheva-Christova

  • Research Associate Professor, Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Reaction Mechanisms of Enzymes
  • Enzyme Dynamics and Inhibition
  • Non-heme Iron DNA-modifying enzymes
  • Collagenolysis and Matrix Metalloproteinases
  • Enzymatic Halogenation
Denise Laux

Denise J. Laux

  • Department Coordinator

Haiying Liu

  • Professor, Chemistry

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Synthesis, characterization, biomedical sensing, imaging and therapeutic applications of water-soluble conjugated glycopolymers, glycodendrimers, glyconanoparticles, 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 Lin Luck

  • Associate Professor, Chemistry

Links of Interest

 Luck Research Website

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

Lynn R. Mazzoleni

  • Associate Professor, Chemistry

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

Pushpalatha Murthy

  • Professor, Chemistry
  • Associate Dean, Graduate School

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
Aparna Pandey

Aparna Pandey

  • Laboratory Associate

Kathryn A. Perrine

  • Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Links of Interest

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
Simeon Schum

Simeon K. Schum

  • Research Specialist, Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Research applications involving ultrahigh resolution Orbitrap Elite mass spectrometry, tandem mass spectrometry, and other mass spectrometry measurements
  • Computational methods for analysis of ultrahigh resolution mass spectrometry data
  • Method development for liquid chromatography, ion chromatography, gas chromatography
  • Analysis of environmental and biological complex mixtures
Dean Seppala

Dean W. Seppala

  • Research Associate
Kelley Smith

Kelley M. Smith

  • Lab Supervisor

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

Momoko Tajiri

  • Research Assistant Professor

Marina Tanasova

  • Assistant Professor, Chemistry

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

Links of Interest

Research Interests

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

Ashutosh Tiwari

  • Associate Professor, Chemistry
  • Director, Graduate 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
Loredana Valenzano-Slough
"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-Slough

  • Associate Professor, Chemistry

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

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