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A chemistry dream team

Learn from and collaborate with award-wining faculty who are experts in their field and care about your success. All department of chemistry faculty have doctoral degrees and many years of experience. All courses are led by a faculty member, not a T.A., and the size of the campus promotes individualized attention for research and other projects. Unlike the large institutions, Blugold faculty are readily accessible outside of class — you will develop strong relationships with these experts, and that makes all the difference. 

Our faculty and staff put your education first and can’t wait to guide you through the fascinating field of chemistry.

The chemistry faculty is dedicated to providing quality education in and out of the classroom. The department's small size allowed me to make connections with all of my professors. These relationships were very valuable in my personal and professional development, and particularly helpful when applying for internships, graduate school, and fellowships. My successes as a student were due to the time and effort put in by passionate professors.

Anna Waller | chemistry liberal arts '16
Fun faculty Bart Dahl

Highly awarded faculty

It’s our people who make this place special, and chemistry faculty members stand out as experts on campus, in the UW-System, and nationally. Whether they are being recognized for research, innovative teaching, or mentoring students, the chemistry folks continually shine as leaders in higher education — they have much to be proud of! 


Our team

Chemistry faculty + staff
Scott Bailey-Hartsel, Ph.D.
  • Ph.D., Ohio State University (Microbiology, Biophysics)
  • B.S., Ohio University (Microbiology)
Teaching Interests
  • Pharmacology
  • Biochemistry
  • Food Chemistry and Science
  • General Chemistry
Research Interests
  • Novel fluorescent probes for confocal microscopy of cell organelles
  • Antifungal drugs and pharmaceutics
  • Metal-harvesting Peptides
Patricia Benson
Sudeep Bhattacharyay
  • Ph.D. Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Jadavpur, India (Chemistry)
  • M.S. Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India (Chemistry)
  • B.S. Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India (Chemistry)
Teaching Interests
  • General Chemistry: CHEM 103, CHEM 104
  • Physical Chemistry: CHEM 433, CHEM 434, CHEM 406
  • Analytical Chemistry: CHEM 213

One of my main interests is to foster active learning through discovery-guided projects. In the past few semesters, classroom research projects have been designed and introduced in biophysical and physical chemistry courses, mostly with senior students. These projects are computational and are being carried out using either a remote server or the in-house Blugold Super-Computing Cluster.

Research Interests

  • Computational and theoretical chemistry to probe the chemistry of enzymes
  • Redox Chemistry
  • Protein Dynamics

We use theory, concepts of physical chemistry, and advanced computer simulation methods to explore these questions. In addition, we also collaborate with experimentalists to validate the theoretical findings.


Selected Publications

  1. Insight into the Kinetics and Thermodynamics of the Hydride Transfer Reactions between Quinones and Lumiflavin: A Density Functional Theory StudyReinhardt, C. R.*,  Jaglinski, T. C.*, Kastenschmidt, A. M.*, Song, E. H.*, Krause, A. J.*, Gollmar, ‎J. M.*, Meise, K. J.*, ‎Stenerson, Z. S.*, Weibel, T. J.*, Dison, A.*, Finnegan, M. R.*, Griesi, ‎ D. S.*, Gross, A. K.*, Heltne, M. D.*, ‎Hughes, T. G.*, ‎Hunt, ‎C. D.*, Jansen, ‎K. A.*,  Xiong, A. H.*, Hati, S., and Bhattacharyya, S.J. Mol. Mod.2016,22, 199.
  2. Incorporating Modeling and Simulations in Undergraduate Biophysical Chemistry Course to Promote Understanding of Structure-Dynamics-Function Relationships in Proteins Hati, S. and Bhattacharyya, S.Biochem. Mol. Biol. Ed.2016,44, 140-159 (doi:10.1002/bmb.20942).
  3. Effect of Stacking Interactions on the Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Lumiflavin: A Study with Improved Density Functionals and Density Functional Tight-Binding Protocol Bresnahan, C. G.*, Reinhardt, C. R.*, Bartholow, T. *, Rumpel, J. P.*, North, M. A.*, and Bhattacharyya, S.J. Phys. Chem. A2015,119,172–182. (doi:10.1021/jp510020v).
  4. Probing the Global and Local Dynamics of Aminoacyl-tRNA Synthetases using All atom and Coarse-grained SimulationsStrom, A.,* Fehling, S.*, Bhattacharyya, S., Hati, S.J. Mol. Mod.2014,20, 2245 (doi:10.1007/s00894-014-2245-1).
  5. Comparison of the Intrinsic Dynamics of Aminoacyl-tRNA Synthetases*Warren, N.*,  Strom, A.*, Nicolet, B.*, Albin, K.*, Albrecht, J.,* Bausch, B.* Dobbe, M.*, Dudek, M.*, Firgens, S.*, Fritsche, C.*, Gunderson, A.*, Heimann, J.*, Her, C.*, Hurt, J. * Konorev, D.*, Lively, M.*, Meacham, S.*, Rodriguez, V*, Tadayon, S.*, Trcka, D.*, Yang, Y.*, Bhattacharyya, S., and Hati, S. The Protein Journal2014,33,184-98. doi:10.1007/s10930-014-9548-z.
  6. Strictly Conserved Lysine of Prolyl-tRNA Synthetase Editing Domain Facilitates Binding and Positioning of Misacylated tRNAProBartholow, T. G.,* Sanford, B. L., Cao, B.V.,* Schmidt, H. L., Johnson, J. M., Meitzner, J. Bhattacharyya, S., Musier-Forsyth, K. M., Hati, S. Biochemistry2014,53,1059-68:doi:10.1021/bi401279r.
  7. Multiple pathways promote dynamical coupling between catalytic domains in escherichia coli prolyl-tRNA synthetase, Johnson, J. M., Sanford, B. L., Strom, A. S,* Tadayon, S.,* Brent, L., Zirbes, A., Bhattacharyya, S., Musier-Forsyth, K. M., Hati, S. Biochemistry2013,52, 4399-4412.
  8. Role of coupled-dynamics in the catalytic activity of prokaryotic-like prolyl-tRNA synthetasesSanford, B.L., Cao, B.V.,* Johnson, J., Zimmerman, C., Strom, A. S.,* Mueller, R. M.,* Bhattacharyya, S., Musier-Forsyth, K. M., Hati, S.Biochemistry2012,51,2146-2156.
  9. Interplay of flavin's redox states and protein dynamics: an insight from QM/MM simulations of dihydronicotinamide ribosidequinone oxidoreductase 2Mueller, R. M.,* North, M. A.,*Yang, C.,*Hati, S., Bhattacharyya, S.J. Phys. Chem.2011,115, 3632-3641.
  10. Improved density functional description of the electrochemistry and structure-property descriptors of substituted flavinsNorth, M. A.,*Bhattacharyya, S., and Truhlar, D. G.J. Phys. Chem.2010,114, 14907–14915.
  11. Theoretical determination of the redox potentials of NRH:quinone oxidoreductase 2 using quantum mechanical/molecular mechanical simulations Rauschnot, J. C. Jr.,*Yang, C.,*Yang, V.,*and Bhattacharyya, S.J. Phys. Chem.2009,113,8149-8157.
  12. Evolutionary basis for the coupled-domain motions inThermus thermophilusleucyl-tRNA synthetase Weimer, K. M. E.,* Shane, B. L., Brunetto, M., Bhattacharyya, S. and Hati, S.J. Biol. Chem.2009,284, 10088-99.  
James Boulter, Ph.D.
  • NSF Aeronomy &Atmospheric Chemistry Postdoctoral Fellowship
    SRI International, Molecular Physics Lab
  • Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder (Analytical Chemistry, Certificate in Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences)
  • B.S., Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA (Chemistry &Biochemistry;Certificate in Environmental Studies)
Research Interests
  • Quantification and identification of biogenic carbonyl compounds by derivatization and LCMS analysis
  • Reactions of various aerosol particles with free radicals in Earth's mesopause region
  • Biodiesel production and quality analysis
  • Communication of anthropogenic climate change science and policy to the general public
Michael Carney, Ph.D.
  • Ph.D., Harvard University, 1998
  • M.A., Harvard University, 1985
  • B.S., University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 1983
Research Interests
  • Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis
    • Industrial collaborative research with Chevron Phillips Chemical Co.
    • Design and synthesis of transition metal compounds as ethylene polymerization catalysts
Patricia Cleary, Ph.D.
  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (Chemistry)
  • B.A., Macalester College (Chemistry)
Research Interests
  • Atmospheric chemistry
  • Urban photochemistry and photochemical processing of plumes
  • Chemical kinetics of atmospheric systems
Bart Dahl, Ph.D.
  • Ph.D., University of Oregon (Chemistry)
  • M.S., University of Oregon (Chemistry)
  • B.S., University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (Chemistry)
Teaching Interests
  • Organic chemistry
  • Advanced synthesis
  • General chemistry
Research Interests
  • Molecular devices and switches
  • Highly conjugated materials
  • Organic Synthesis
Jennifer Dahl, Ph.D.
  • Ph.D., University of Oregon (Chemistry)
  • M.S., University of Oregon (Chemistry)
  • B.S., University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (Chemistry)
Teaching Interests
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • General chemistry
  • Advanced synthesis
Research Interests
  • Nanomaterials synthesis
  • Surface science
  • Inorganic-organic synthesis
  • Optoelectronic materials
Stephen Drucker, Ph.D.
  • Postdoctoral, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D., Harvard University
  • A.M., Harvard University
  • B.S., University of Virginia (Chemistry)


Research Interests
  • Spectroscopy of Molecular Triplet Species
  • Quantum Chemistry
Warren Gallagher, Ph.D.
  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh (Biophysics)
  • A.B., Albion College (Chemistry, Biology)


Teaching Interests

  • General chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysical chemistry

Research Interests
  • Biophysical studies of the structures and functions of naturally occurring peptides and peptide-derived molecules 

Recent Publications:

  • DiSpirito, A. A., Semrau, J. D., Murrell, J. C., Gallagher, W. H., Dennison, C., and Vuilleumier, S. (2016) Methanobactin and the Link between Copper and Bacterial Methane Oxidation. Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews 80, 387-409.
  • Bandow, N., Gilles, V. S., Freesmeier, B. C., Semrau, J. D., Krentz, B. D., Gallagher, W. H., McEllistrem, M. T., Hartsel, S. C., Choi, D. W., Hargrove, M. S., Swanson, T. M., Chesner, L. N., Baunreiter, K. M., Cao, B. V., Gavitt, M. M., Hoopes, J. A., Johnson, J. M., Polster, E. M., Schoenick, B. D., Unlauf, A. M., and DiSpirito, A. A. (2012) ""Spectral and Copper Binding Properties of Methanobactin from the Facultative Methanotroph Methylocystis strain SB2"", Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry 110, 72-82.
  • Bandow, N. L., Gallagher, W. H., Behling, L., Choi, D. W., Semrau, J. D., Hartsel, S. C., Gilles, V. S., and Dispirito, A. A. (2011) ""Isolation of methanobactin from the spent media of methane-oxidizing bacteria"", Methods in Enzymology 495, 259-69.
  • Krentz, B. D., Mulheron, H. J., Semrau, J. D., Di Spirito, A. A., Bandow, N. L., Haft, D. H., Vuilleumier, S., Murrell, J. C., McEllistrem, M. T., Hartsel, S. C., and Gallagher, W. H. (2010) ""A Comparison of Methanobactins from Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b and Methylocystis Strain SB2 Predicts Methanobactins Are Synthesized from Diverse Peptide Precursors Modified To Create a Common Core for Binding and Reducing Copper Ions"", Biochemistry 49, 10117-10130.
  • Choi, D. W., Bandow, N. L., McEllistrem, M. T., Semrau, J. D., Antholine, W. E., Hartsel, S. C., Gallagher, W., Zea, C. J., Pohl, N. L., Zahn, J. A., and DiSpirito, A. A. (2010) ""Spectral and thermodynamic properties of methanobactin from ?-proteobacterial methane oxidizing bacteria: a case for copper competition on a molecular level"", Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry 104, 1240-1247.
  • Behling, Lee A., Hartsel, Scott C., Leis, David E., DiSpirito, Alan A., Choi, Dong-W., Masterson, Larry R., Veglia, Gianluigi, and Gallagher, Warren H. (2008) ""NMR, Mass Spectrometry and Chemical Evidence Reveal a Different Chemical Structure for Methanobactin That Contains Oxazolone Rings."" J. Amer. Chem. Soc. Communications 130, 12604-12605 (The article was featured as a News of the Week feature in C&E News, Sept. 8, 2008)

Jason Halfen, Ph.D.
Sanchita Hati, Ph.D.
  • Ph.D., Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Jadavpur, India, 1997
  • M.S., University of Burdwan, India, 1991
  • B.S., Raj College, University of Burdwan, India, 1989
Research Interests
  • Protein Dynamics and Catalysis
  • RNA Catalysis
Frederick King, Ph.D.
  • Ph.D., Queen's University, Kingston (Chemistry)
  • M.Sc., University of Calgary (Chemistry)
  • B.Sc., (Hons), University of Sydney (Chemistry)
Teaching Interests
  • Physical chemistry (433, 434)
  • Introductory chemistry (103, 114, 115)
Research Interests
  • Theoretical and computational studies on few-electron systems
  • Hilbert transorms

Recent publications include:

  • F. W. King, Hilbert Transforms, Volume I, Cambridge University Press, June, 2009.
  • F. W. King, Hilbert Transforms, Volume II, Cambridge University Press, June, 2009.
  • F. W. King, High precision calculations of the hyperfine constants for the low-lying excited 2S states of Be+, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 113, 4110-4116 (2009).
  • F. W. King, D. Quicker, and J. Langer, Compact wave functions for the beryllium isoelectronic series, Li- to Ne6+: A standard Hylleraas approach, Journal of Chemical Physics, 134, 124114 (2011).
  • I. Porras, C. D. Schuster, and F. W. King, Convergence accelerator approach to the numerical evaluation of Hilbert transforms based on expansions in Hermite functions, IAENG International Journal of Applied Mathematics, 41, 252-259 (2011).
  • F. W. King, High-precision calculations of the hyperfine constants and some selected transition energies for the low-lying 4S levels of the lithium atom, International Journal of Quantum Chemistry, 113, 2534-2539 (2013).
  • F. W. King, On the evaluation of four-electron correlated integrals with a Slater basis: Some simplifications and some closed form examples, Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, 47, 025003 (2014).
  • F. W. King, The evaluation of some four-electron correlated integrals with a Slater basis arising in linear and nonlinear r12 theories, Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, 49, 105001 (2016).
  • Chong H. Leong, Ignacio Porras, and F. W. King, Analysis of atomic integrals involving explicit correlation factors for the three-electron case. I. Connection to the hypergeometric function 3F2. Journal of Mathematical Chemistry, Published online May 3, 2016.
David Lewis, Ph.D.
  • D.Sc., University of Adelaide, South Australia (Chemistry)
  • Ph.D., University of Adelaide, South Australia (Organic Chemistry)
  • B.Sc., University of Adelaide (Chemistry)
Teaching Interests
  • Organic chemistry
  • Physical organic chemistry
  • Organic reactions and synthesis
Research Interests
  • Physical organic chemistry
  • Organic reactions and synthesis
  • Applied organic chemistry and medicinal chemistry
  • History of organic chemistry in Russia
Publications (2009-present):


  • Lewis, D.E. Early Russian Organic Chemists and Their Legacy. Rasmussen, S., Ed. SpringerBriefs in the History of Chemistry (Springer: Heidelberg, 2012);136 pp.;[ISBN 978-3-642-28218-8]. (QD248.5.R8 L49 2012)
  • Lewis, D.E. Advanced Organic Chemistry (Oxford University Press: New York, 2016);1176 + xiii pp, ISBN 978-0-19-975897-5. (QD271 L485 2016)
  • Lewis, D.E. Solutions Manual for Advanced Organic Chemistry (Oxford University Press: New York, 2016), ISBN 978-0-19-049931-0 [e-book;includes complete powerpoint presentations to accompany the book]
  • Lewis, D.E. The Kazan Chemistry School Through the Eyes of an American Historian of Chemistry: Collected Papers by David E. Lewis. Shtyrlin, V.G., Ed.;Konovalov, A.I., Scientific Ed.; Kazan University Publishing House: Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia; 2016; 288 pp, [ISBN 978-5-00019-605-2]. (in Russian) Translation from English by Evtugyn, G.A.;Kuramshin, A.I.;Mukhametzyanov, T.A.;Nemtarev, A.V.;Serov, N.Yu.;Shtyrlin, V.G.
Refereed papers and book chapters:
  • Lewis, D.E. "A discussion of 'Can reaction mechanisms be proven?'" J. Chem. Educ. 2009, 86, 554.
  • Lewis, D.E. "The protocenter concept: A method for teaching stereochemistry." J. Chem. Educ. 2010, 87, 604-608.
  • Lewis, D.E. "Feuding Rule-Makers: Vladimir Vasil'evich Markovnikov (1838-1904) and Aleksandr Mikhailovich Zaitsev (1841-1910). A Commentary on the Origins of Zaitsev's Rule." Bull. Hist. Chem. 2010, 35, 115-124.
  • Lewis, D.E. "150 years of organic structures." In Giunta, C.J., Ed. Atoms in Chemistry: From Dalton's Predecessors to Complex Atoms and Beyond. ACS Symp. Ser. 2010, 1044, 35-57.
  • Stromich, J.J.;Weber, A.K.;Mirzaei, Y.R. Caldwell, M.D.;Lewis, D.E. "New adjuvants to enhance anticoagulant activity of warfarin." Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett. 2010, 20, 1928-1932.
  • Lewis, D.E. "A. M. Zaitsev: Lasting contributions of a synthetic virtuoso a century after his death." Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2011, 50, 6452-6458;this paper was also published as a German-language version: "A. M. Saytzeff: bleibendes Vermächtnis eines Virtuosen der Synthesechemie." Angew. Chem. 2011, 123, 6580-6586.
  • McKenney, R.K.;Groess, L.L.;Kopidlansky, K.M.;Dunkle, K.L.;Lewis, D.E. "The heterocycle of 4-substituted-1,8-naphthalimides is NOT inert to nucleophilic attack." Org. Biomol. Chem. 2013, 11, 4390-4396.
  • Lewis, D.E. "Yegor Yegorovich Vagner (1849-1903): A 'wondrously sharpwitted' chemist." In Patterson, G.D.;Rasmussen, S.C., Eds. Characters in Chemistry;A Celebration of the Humanity of Chemistry. ACS Symp. Ser. 2013, 1136, ch. 9, pp. 143-165.
  • Lewis, D.E. "Disability;Despotism;Deoxygenation—from exile to Academy member. Nikolai Matveevich Kizhner (1867-1935)." Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2013, 52, 11704-11712;this paper was also published as a German-language version "Behinderung ("Disability");Despotismus;Deoxygenierung—von Exil bis Mitglied der Akademie. Nikolai Matwejewitsch Kižner (1867-1935)." Angew. Chem. 2013, 125, 11920-11928.
  • Suntsov, V.;Lewis, D.E. "A century of base-promoted decomposition of hydrazones: the Tomsk years of Nikolai Matveevich Kizhner (1867-1935)." Bull. Hist. Chem. 2014, 39, 43-52.
  • Lewis, D.E. "Citations for Chemical Breakthroughs: Mendeleev's Periodic System of the Elements." Bull. Hist. Chem. 2014, 39, 1-6.
  • Lewis, D.E. "Introduction to an English translation, 'On the different explanations of certain cases of isomerism' by Aleksandr Butlerov." Bull. Hist. Chem. 2015, 40, 9-12.
  • Lewis, D.E. Primary Documents. 'On the different explanations of certain cases of isomerism' Mr. A. Boutlerow, Bulletin de la Société Chimique de Paris, Nouvelle Série 1864, 1, 100-128. [Translated by David E. Lewis]" Bull. Hist. Chem. 2015, 40, 13-28.
  • Suntsov, V.;Lewis, D.E. "Introduction to an English translation of Kizhner's pioneering papers on deoxygenation." Bull. Hist. Chem. 2015, 40(2), 61-64.
  • Suntsov, V.;Lewis, D.E. " '25. The catalytic decomposition of alkylidenehydrazines as a method for the preparation of hydrocarbons (Abridged),' by N. Kizhner, Zhurnal Russkago Fiziko-Khimicheskago Obshchestva 1911, 43, 582-595." Bull. Hist. Chem. 2015, 40(2), 64-68.
  • Suntsov, V.;Lewis, D.E. " '27. 'On the catalytic decomposition of alkylidenehydrazines (Second part) (Abridged),' by N. Kizhner, Zhurnal Russkago Fiziko-Khimicheskago Obshchestva 1911, 43, 951-962." Bull. Hist. Chem. 2015, 40(2), 69-73.
  • Lewis, D. E.,"Klaus at Kazan: The discovery of ruthenium." Bull. Hist. Chem. 2016, 41, in press.
U.S. Patents:
  • Hartsel, S.C.;Lewis, D.E. "Molecules and methods for fluorescence microscopy." U.S. Patent No. 7,528,144 [May 5, 2009]
  • Lewis, D.E.;Caldwell, M.D. "Synergistic anticoagulant composition." U.S. Patent No. 8,765,982 B2 [July 1, 2014].
  • Kemp, M.C.;Lewis, D.E. "Quaternary ammonium salts as microbe inhibitors." U.S. Patent No. 8,853,454 B2 [October 7, 2014].
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Minireviews in Organic Chemistry
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Bulletin for the History of Chemistry


Cheryl Muller, Ph.D.
James (Jim) Phillips, Ph.D.
  • Postdoctoral Work: University of Colorado (Physical and Atmospheric Chemistry)
    NOAA Postdoctoral Fellowship in Climate and Global Change
    Advisor: Dr. Veronica Vaida
  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (Physical Chemistry)
    Thesis Advisor: Dr. Kenneth Leopold
  • B.A., Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT (Chemistry, Music Composition)
    Thesis Advisor: Dr. Sunhee Choi
Teaching Interests
  • General chemistry: CHEM 115
  • Physical chemistry: CHEM 433, CHEM 434, CHEM 438
  • Environmental chemistry: CHEM 127, CHEM 304
  • Independent study: CHEM 497/499
Research Interests

Structural and Energetic Properties of Molecular Complexes: The main interest of the Phillips group is to identify and characterize “molecular complexes”, which are associations of two otherwise stable molecules (or simply, “two molecules stuck together”). We are specifically interested in identifying those that undergo substantial changes in structure in response to a change in their chemical environment (gas phase vs. solution, vs. solid state). One example of this type of behavior is a "gas-solid structure difference"; when a complex has a different structure in its gaseous state than when it exists as bulk material as a solid. Some molecular complexes show extreme sensitivity to their environment, and undergo significant structural changes in solution, or even in solidified inert gases: neon, argon, and nitrogen. The main tools of our research are low-temperature (4-20 K) infrared spectroscopy, which allows us to detect structural changes in inert, bulk, solid samples, and computer models, which enable us to explore gas-phase structures and understand the underlying mechanistic features that lead to this behavior. To date, this research program has been supported by over $1.2 million in external grant funds, and has led to 19 peer-reviewed journal articles (with 36 UWEC student co-authors), and 48 off-campus student conference presentations.


Dr. Jim is originally from the Twin Cities. When not teaching or otherwise being a chemist, he spends his time outdoors as much as possible (walking his dogs, working in the yard, fishing, hiking, paddling, etc.) or playing music. 

Selected Publications (* UWEC student co-authors)

“Structural and Energetic Properties of Nitrile – BX3 Complexes: Substituent Effects and their Impact on Condensed-Phase Sensitivity”; J.A. Phillips, Theor. Chem Accts. (Feature Article) 2017, 136(1):16.

“Structural and Energetic Properties of Haloacetonitrile – GeF4 Complexes”; A.W. Waller,* N.M. Weiss,* D.A. Decato, and J.A. Phillips, J Mol. Struct. 2017, 1130, 984.

“Infrared Spectrum of CH3CN–HCl in Solid Neon, and Modeling Matrix Effects in CH3CN–HCl and H3N–HCl”; N.M. Weiss,* A.W. Waller,* and J.A. Phillips, J Mol. Struct. 2016, 1105, 341-349.

“Quantum chemical and matrix-IR characterization of CH3CN–BCl3: A complex with two distinct minima along the B–N bond potential”; J.P. Wrass,* D. Sadowsky, K.M. Bloomgren,* C.J. Cramer, J.A. Phillips, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2014, 16, 16480.

“Structural and Energetic Properties of Acetonitrile – Group IV (A & B) Halide Complexes”; H.M. Helminiak,* R.R. Knauf,* S.J. Danforth,* J.A. Phillips, J. Phys. Chem. A 2014, 118, 4266.

“Condensed-Phase Effects on the Structural Properties of FCH2CN–BF3 and ClCH2CN–BF3: A Matrix-Isolation and Computational Study”; A.R. Buchberger,* S.J. Danforth ,* K.M. Bloomgren,* J.A. Rohde,* E.L. Smith,* C.C.A. Gardener,* J.A. Phillips, J. Phys. Chem. B 2013, 117, 11687.

“Structural and Energetic Properties of Alkylfluoride – BF3 complexes in the Gas Phase and Condensed-Phase Media: Computations and Matrix Infrared Spectroscopy”; R.R. Knauf,* H.M. Helminiak,* J.P. Wrass,* T.M. Gallert,* J.A. Phillips, J. Phys. Org. Chem. 2012, 25, 493.

“Structure, Bonding, and Energetic Properties of Nitrile - Borane Complexes: RCN–BH3”; E.L. Smith,* D. Sadowsky, C. J. Cramer, J.A. Phillips, J. Phys. Chem. A 2011, 115, 1955.

21. “A Short – Yet Very Weak Dative Bond: Structure, Bonding, and Energetic Properties of N2–BH3”; E.L. Smith,* D. Sadowski, J.A. Phillips, C.J. Cramer, D.J. Giesen, J. Phys. Chem. A 2010, 114, 2628.

Chris Rohde, M.S.
Denis Setwyn
Roslyn Theisen, Ph.D.
Research Interests
  • Inorganic/Organic Synthesis, Bioinorganic Chemistry and Chemical Education
  • Synthesis and Characterization of Flavothionato Metal Complexes to be used as Photoreactive Pesticides
  • Synthesis and Characterization of Model Complexes for Dioxygenase Metalloenzymes
  • Investigation of Student Attitudes and Understanding in General Chemistry
  • Interactive Learning and Assessment Strategies in Chemistry
Kurt Wiegel, Ph.D.
Thao Yang, Ph.D.
  • Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago
  • M.S., Loyola University Chicago
  • B.S., Indiana-Purdue University
Research Interests
  • Solid-Phase Peptide Synthesis
  • Synthesis of linear and cyclic mucin peptides
  • Antigenic properties of mucin peptides
  • 2D NMR and Saturation Transfer Difference NMR spectroscopy, and MS spectrometry
Materials science faculty with chemistry emphasis
Elizabeth Glogowski, Ph.D.
  • Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst (Polymer Science & Engineering)
  • M.S., University of Massachusetts at Amherst (Polymer Science & Engineering)
  • B.S., Carnegie Mellon University (Chemistry and French)
Teaching Interests
  • Soft materials
  • Materials characterization
  • Materials science seminar
  • Organic chemistry
Research Interests
  • Polymer synthesis
  • Smart polymer characterization
  • Control of smart polymer self-assembly
  • Colloidal synthesis, functionalization, and characterization
Marc McEllistrem, Ph.D.
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison (Chemistry)
  • B.S., University of Kentucky (Chemistry)
Teaching Interests
  • Chemistry (Introductory, Analytical, Physical)
  • Materials Science (Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced)
Research Interests
  • Characterization of surfaces and surface chemistry
  • Characterization and development of graphene-based materials
  • Characterization and development of biologically-modified materials
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