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2017-2018 Catalog 
2017-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Chemistry

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Michael S. Freund, Ph.D., Head

Degree Programs

Biochemistry: Chemistry Emphasis, B.S.  
Biochemistry, M.S.  
Chemistry - General Chemistry, B.S.  
Chemistry - Premedical Chemistry, B.S.  
Chemistry - Research Chemistry, B.S.  
Chemistry, M.S.  
Chemistry, Ph.D.  

Undergraduate Minor Program

Chemistry Minor  

Michael S. Freund, Ph.D., membranes for artifical photosynthetic systems, polymer-based electronics, chemical sensor arrays, wireless and MEMS sensing.

D. Andrew Knight, Ph.D., inorganic chemistry, catalysis, bioinorganic chemistry, biodefense applications, green chemistry.

Nasri A. Nesnas, Ph.D., bioorganic chemistry.

Joshua Rokach, Ph.D., leukotrienes, lipoxins, synthetic organic chemistry, synthetic pharmaceuticals.

Mary L. Sohn, Ph.D., organic geochemistry.

Rudolf J. Wehmschulte, Ph.D., materials and organometallic chemistry.

Associate Professors
Boris B. Akhremitchev, Ph.D., single-molecule techniques, protein–ligand interactions, hydrophobic interactions, protein aggregation, atomic force microscopy, force spectroscopy, physical and biophysical chemistry.

Monica H. Baloga, Ph.D., bioorganic chemistry, physical organic chemistry.

Alan B. Brown, Ph.D., physical organic chemistry, stereochemistry, bioorganic chemistry.

Yi Liao, Ph.D., photochemical processes, reversible photoreactions under visible light, photoresponsive polymers, photo-controlled catalysis.

Joel A. Olson, Ph.D., scanning tunneling microscopy.

Norito Takenaka, Ph.D., organic chemistry, asymmetric catalysis, synthetic chemistry, bioorganic and medicinal chemistry.

Kurt Winkelmann, Ph.D., physical and materials chemistry including photochemistry, catalysis, surface chemistry.

Assistant Professors
Roberto Peverati, Ph.D., computational methods for electronic structure theory calculations, quantum chemistry software.

Alexander Schoedel, Ph.D., metal organic frameworks, covalent organic frameworks, zeolitic imidazolate frameworks, reticular chemistry.

Jessica L. Smeltz, Ph. D., organometallic chemistry, catalysis, chemical education.

Professors Emeriti
Michael W. Babich, Ph.D.; J. Clayton Baum, Ph.D.

Dual-Degree Options

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

This option requires approximately one additional year of study and allows the student to complete bachelor’s degrees in both chemistry and chemical engineering.

STEM Education

This option allows the student to complete bachelor’s degrees in both chemistry and STEM education (see Department of Education and Interdisciplinary Studies ).

Minor Program

A minor in chemistry is offered through the department. A complete policy statement regarding minors can be found in the Academic Overview  section. Information about current minor offerings is available through the individual colleges/departments.


Research areas presently of interest to chemistry department faculty include biophysical chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, chemical education, environmental chemistry, geochemistry, molecular spectroscopy, nanotechnology, natural products, organometallic chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, photochemical processes, physical organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, molecular modeling, renewable energy applications, solid-phase reaction kinetics, surface phenomena, synthetic organic chemistry and thermal methods of analysis.

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