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

Links of Interest

Research Group Page

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
  • Nucleic Acid and Peptide Chemistry
  • Organometallic Chemistry
  • Mechanochemistry
  • Epigenetics and Chemical Biology
  • Antisense Drug
Andrew Galerneau

Andrew Galerneau

  • Lecturer, Chemistry

Sarah A. Green

  • Interim Department Chair, Chemistry
  • 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.
Katherine Heckman

Katherine Heckman

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Specialties

Heckman currently acts as administrator and  coordinator for the Radicoarbon Collaborative, a program designed to increase earth system  researcher access to radiocarbon analysis. Heckman works with academic and government  researchers to integrate radiocarbon analysis into their climate change and carbon cycle research,  and also offers assistance with data interpretation and manuscript preparation. Work supported  by the Radiocarbon Collaborative ranges from wildlife conservation to terrestrial C cycle  research. 

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

Tatyana G. Karabencheva-Christova

  • 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

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

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

Daisuke Minakata

  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Department of Physics

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Physical-Chemical Treatment Processes
  • Environmental Process and Design
  • Computational Environmental Engineering and Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Sustainable water and wastewater treatment and management
  • Development of assessing and predicting tools for water treatment technologies
  • Innovative water and wastewater treatment technologies for energy saving and harvesting
  • Systematic and integrated understanding of water and wastewater reuse
  • Application of computational chemistry and molecular modeling

Pushpalatha Murthy

  • Professor Emeritus, Chemistry

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
  • Bridging reactions at the gas/solid and liquid/solid interfaces 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
Ann Ruohonen

Ann Ruohonen

  • Office Assistant / Graduate Program Assistant
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
ManishKumar B. Shrivastava

ManishKumar B. Shrivastava

  • Staff Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Adjunct Professor, Chemistry, Michigan Technological University

Specialties

  • Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Secondary Organic Aerosols
  • Regional and Global Earth Systems Modeling
  • Climate and Health impacts
  • Environmental Sciences

Marina Tanasova

  • Associate Professor, Chemistry
  • Graduate Program Director

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

Research Interests

  • Identify experimental conditions that can generate diverse aggregated protein structures from the same proteins.
  • Develop novel tools and techniques to differentiate amongst the varied aggregated species of proteins.
  • Understand the relationship between aggregated protein species and its associated cellular toxicity.
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