New knowledge in chemistry is produced systematically through research. Chemical research is at the core of all Ph.D. programs in chemistry as well as most research and development (R&D) divisions in high technology companies developing products ranging from pharmaceuticals to consumer electronics. Participation in research not only prepares students for these activities, but is also one of the best ways to learn advanced problem solving skills. For these reasons, research is central to our department's mission and many of our faculty have assembled a team of undergraduate and graduate students to actively engaged in the pursuit of new knowledge.
This page contains some basic information about the research interests of our faculty. Several faculty also have research group pages that give more detailed information. If you are interested in exploring the possibility of participating in some of the exciting research projects in our department, the first step is to contact the faculty member(s) with whom you are considering working and inquire about the availability of opportunities. Most faculty prefer to be contacted by e-mail.
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- Analytical Chemistry
- Chemical Biology
- Chemical Education
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Physical Chemistry
Synthesis and coordination chemistry of stable free radicals, magnetochemistry, self assembly, and supramolecular chemistry, molecular devices.
Development of hybrid P450 enzymes, photocatalytic chemistry, development of microspherical polymers.
Effects of crowding and solvation on protein folding, CD spectroscopy, biocalorimetry, microscale thermophoresis.
Nuclear reaction and decay spectroscopy in isotopes far from stability, superheavy element synthesis, thin film preparations for nuclear targetry, nuclear & radiochemistry.
Computational methods development using molecular simulations and machine learning to study configurational dynamics in biomolecules, molecular self-assembly, and reaction dynamics.
How animations of microscopic chemistry concepts affect student learning and influence the correction and creation of misconceptions.
Computation and theoretical methods to characterize entropy and related effects in proteins and RNA, design of potential anti-HIV agents.
Quorum sensing, blocking of virulence factors.
Lanthanides, complexes, circularly polarized luminescence, chirality, thermodynamics, and spectroscopy.
Marine natural products, and enzyme applications
Studying catalysis within macromolecular environments by appending transition metal catalysts to organic polymers.
Expression, characterization, and inhibition of mosquito proteases.
Surface, interfacial, and thin film chemistry.
Formation and optical properties of organic coatings on atmospheric aerosols, chemical transformations and photochemistry in aerosols.
Protein conformational dynamics, protein-protein interactions, enzyme specificity.
Application of nanotechnology and nanodiamonds in neurobiology.