Experts in Subject: Chemistry

Chemistry, Electron transfer reactions, Electronic structure theory, Solar energy conversion

Bob Cave

Robert J. Cave, PhD, conducts theoretical research on the structure and reactivity of molecules with a particular focus on factors affecting the rate of electron transfer reactions. He uses advanced techniques to describe the electronic wave functions of atoms and molecules to predict properties such as geometries, vibrational frequencies and charge distributions. In addition, these […]

Biology, Chemistry, Community based learning, Gene therapy, HIV-AIDS

Karl Haushalter

Current approaches to treating HIV-AIDS require patients to take a combination of antiretroviral medicines for the rest of their lives. If a safe and effective gene therapy strategy could be developed, it would allow patients to better control their disease without a daily and expensive pill burden. Students in Karl Haushalter’s lab are helping to […]

Atmospheric chemistry, Chemistry, Climate change, Photochemical smog

Hawkins-Lelia

Lelia N. Hawkins, PhD, conducts research in the field of atmospheric chemistry. She studies how atmospheric particles in urban settings (like smog) are transformed as they age, specifically in fog and cloud water. These particles impact the temperature of the earth. Her work is largely concerned with organic compounds in atmospheric particles which (in Los […]

Asymmetric catalysis, Chemistry, Education, Organometallics, Pedagogy

Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson conducts research in the field of asymmetric catalysis and organometallic coordination chemistry. His research group studies the conversion of straight chain organic molecules (aminoallenes) into nitrogen containing rings (pyrrolidines). These products and their synthesis are of potential interest for medical applications, as many pharmaceuticals have these nitrogen containing rings. The undergraduate students in […]

Chemical sensors, Chemistry, Faculty development, Mentoring of women science faculty, Nanostructures

Kerry Karuktis

Kerry Karukstis, PhD, researches classes of molecules that have the ability to self-assemble into complex three-dimensional structures when placed in water and other solvents. These 3-D configurations form using transient intermolecular forces (temporary interactions between molecules) and not permanent chemical bonds. Karukstis is interested in those chemical building blocks that have amphiphilic character, that is, […]

Chemistry, Environment, Metals in biology

Katherine Van Heuvelen

Have you ever read the label on a bottle of vitamins and wondered why people need cobalt, zinc, iron and manganese? In nature these metals perform a remarkable array of chemical transformations that include water oxidation in photosynthesis, oxygen transportation by iron in red blood cells, and nitrogen fixation by bacterial nitrogenase enzymes. These reactions […]

Chemistry, Pollution, Solar energy

Hal Van Ryswyk

Hal Van Ryswyk, PhD, researches analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, surface science and sold-state materials science. Current research in the Van Ryswyk group centers around dye-sensitized solar cells utilizing porphyrin dyes on nanostructured zinc oxide. His lab uses zinc oxide nanoparticles, nanorods and nanotubes as the photoanode in combination with a range of zinc porphyrins to […]

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