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Faculty Specialties


ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY 

Analytical chemistry is the study of the chemical composition of natural and artificial materials. Unlike other major sub disciplines of chemistry such as inorganic chemistry and organic chemistry, analytical chemistry is not restricted to any particular type of chemical compound or reaction. Properties studied in analytical chemistry include geometric features such as molecular morphologies and distributions of species, as well as features such as composition and species identity. The contributions made by analytical chemists have played critical roles in the sciences ranging from the development of concepts and theories (pure science) to a variety of practical applications, such as biomedical applications, environmental monitoring, quality control of industrial manufacturing and forensic science (applied science).
 
Dr. Chang Ji
Dr. Xiaopeng Li
Dr. Walter Rudzinski
 
 
 
 

Chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry is a powerful tool for the analysis of a variety of compounds. The figure at the right depicts the mass spectrum of naphthenic acids extracted from a crude oil.

 

 

BIOCHEMISTRY

Biochemistry is the study of the chemical processes and transformations in living organisms. It deals with the structure and function of cellular components, such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, and other biomolecules. Chemical biology aims to answer many questions arising from biochemistry by using tools developed within synthetic chemistry.

Dr. Rachelle Booth Dr. Wendi David Dr. Kevin Lewis Dr. Corina Maeder
Dr. Ron Walter Dr. Linette Watkins Dr. Steve Whitten  

PictureCHEMICAL EDUCATION

 Chemical education is a comprehensive term that refers to the study of the teaching and learning of chemistry in all schools, colleges and universities. Topics in chemistry education might include understanding how students learn chemistry, how best to teach chemistry, and how to improve learning outcomes by changing teaching methods and appropriate training of chemistry instructors, within many modes, including classroom lecture, demonstrations, and laboratory activities.
 
Dr. Ozcan Gulacar
Dr. Gulacar

INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

Inorganic chemistry is the branch of chemistry concerned with the properties and behavior of inorganic compounds. This field covers all chemical compounds except the myriad organic compounds (compounds containing C-H bonds), which are the subjects of organic chemistry. The distinction between the two disciplines is far from absolute, and there is much overlap, most importantly in the sub-discipline of organometallic chemistry.

Dr. Debra Feakes
Dr. Ben Martin
 Dr. Todd Hudnall    

 
 
 
Inorganic Chemistry 

 

 

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 

Organic chemistry is a specific discipline within chemistry which involves the scientific study of the structure, properties, composition, reactions, and preparation (by synthesis or by other means) of chemical compounds consisting primarily of carbon and hydrogen, which may contain any number of other elements, including nitrogen, oxygen, the halogens as well as phosphorus, silicon and sulfur.

 

Dr. Chad Booth

Dr. William Brittain

Dr. Alexander Kornienko  

Dr. Todd Hudnall

 

         


PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY

Physical chemistry is the application of physics to macroscopic, microscopic, atomic, subatomic, and particulate phenomena in chemical systems within the field of chemistry traditionally using the principles, practices and concepts of thermodynamics, quantum chemistry, statistical mechanics and kinetics. It is mostly defined as a large field of chemistry, in which several sub-concepts are applied; the inclusion of quantum mechanics is used to illustrate the application of physical chemistry to atomic and particulate chemical interaction or experimentation.

Dr. Gary Beall Dr. David Easter Dr. David Lippmann    

 
 
 
 

 

POLYMER CHEMISTRY

Polymer chemistry or macromolecular chemistry is a multidisciplinary science that deals with the chemical synthesis and chemical properties of polymers or macromolecules. According to IUPAC recommendations, macromolecules refer to the individual molecular chains and are the domain of chemistry. Polymers describe the bulk properties of polymer materials and belong to the field of polymer physics as a subfield of physics.

Dr. Gary Beall Dr. Chad Booth  

Dr. Jennifer Irvin

Dr. William Brittain