Chemistry Faculty


Our faculty are well-known in the chemistry community, including one recipient of the National Medal of Science, one recipient of the Wolfe Prize, three editors of major ACS journals (Journal of Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and Journal of the American Chemical Society), two members of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, and many other recipients of numerous prestigious awards.

The table below lists all of our faculty, as well as those in other departments with appointments in the Department of Chemistry. Click on the links below a faculty name to learn more about their research.

Core Faculty

» These faculty have primary appointments in the chemistry department.

Robert K. Boeckman, Jr.

Marshall D. Gates, Jr. Professor of Chemistry


Total synthesis of alkaloids, terpenes, antibiotics, and antitumor agents; development of new synthetic methodology; applications of con­formational theory

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Kara L. Bren

Professor of Chemistry


Bioinorganic and biophysical chemistry

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Joseph P. Dinnocenzo

Professor of Chemistry


Mechanistic and Physical Organic Chemistry

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Richard Eisenberg

Tracy H. Harris Professor of Chemistry


Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry: Synthesis, Structure and Reaction Chemistry

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James M. Farrar

Professor of Chemistry


Dynamical studies of low energy ion-molecule reactions in the gas phase; imaging studies of collisions; photochemistry of size-selected ionic clusters.

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Rudi Fasan

Associate Professor of Chemistry


Bioorganic Chemistry and Chemical Biology

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Ignacio Franco

Assistant Professor


Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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Alison J. Frontier

Professor of Chemistry


Synthetic organic chemistry; synthesis of bioactive natural products; pericyclic reactions; asymmetric catalysis; cationic cascades

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Joshua L. Goodman

Professor of Chemistry


Mechanistic Organic Chemistry

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William D. Jones

C.F. Houghton Professor of Chemistry


Mechanistic Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis

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Todd D. Krauss

Professor of Chemistry and Chair, Professor of Optics


Physical amd Biophysical Chemistry: Nanoscale Materials and Devices

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Thomas R. Krugh

Professor of Chemistry


Biophysical Chemistry; structural analysis of biomolecules, energy minimization and molecular dynamics calculations

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David W. McCamant

Associate Professor of Chemistry


Ultrafast vibrational spectroscopy of structural dynamics in photochemistry; vibrational coupling and relaxation; structural rearrangements and relaxation mechanisms in photoexcited nucleic acids

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Michael L. Neidig

Assistant Professor of Chemistry


Physical-Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis

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Bradley L. Nilsson

Associate Professor of Chemistry


Bioorganic Chemistry and Chemical Biology: amyloid peptide self-assembly; Alzheimer’s disease; amyloid-inspired materials, HIV infectivity and microbicide development

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Lewis Rothberg

Professor of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering


Physical Chemistry: Organic Device Science

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Wolf-Udo Schroeder

Professor of Chemistry and Physics


Dynamics of Complex Nuclear Reactions at intermediate and high energies

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Ching W. Tang

Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Chemistry


Applications of Organic Electronic Devices

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Douglas H. Turner

Professor of Chemistry


Biophysical Chemistry: nucleic acid structure and function, RNA folding, therapeutics, and prediction of structure from equence

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Daniel J. Weix

Associate Professor of Chemistry


Transition-metal catalyzed reactions; synthetic organic chemistry; methods development; study of reaction mechanisms; reductive chemistry; stereoselective transformations

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Cluster Affiliated Faculty

» Faculty in the Clusters have primary appointments in other departments but can mentor chemistry graduate students.

Lisa DeLouise

Assistant Professor of Material Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Dermatology


Manipulation of materials at the molecular, nano, and micro scales to develop novel biomedical devices for therapeutic and diagnostic applications

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Paul Dunman

Associate Professor


Use of S. aureus and A. baumannii as model organisms to study bacterial pathogenesis and develop novel strategies for the therapeutic intervention of bacterial infections

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Dmitri N. Ermolenko

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics


Single-molecule and ensemble studies of protein synthesis

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Sina Ghaemmaghami

Assistant Professor


Understanding the mechanisms of protein expression, folding and degradation

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Alan Grossfield

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics


Investigating membranes and membrane proteins via computer simulation

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Clara L. Kielkopf

Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics


Structural and Biophysical Basis of Normal and Disease-Associated pre-mRNA Recognition

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Damian J. Krysan

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology and Immunology


Fungal Cell Wall Biology and High Throughput Screening for Antifungal Drugs.

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David H. Mathews

Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics


Predicting RNA Secondary Structure

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Benjamin Miller

Professor of Dermatology


Developing new strategies for the sequence-selective recognition of RNA, and using the optical properties of nanostructured materials for the production of novel biosensors

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Hitomi Mukaibo

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering


Development of microneedle-based gene delivery platform

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Eric M. Phizicky

Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics


tRNA Biogenesis, Function and Quality Control

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Alexander Shestopalov

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering


Nanosturctured materials, anisotropic materials, hybrid organic-inorganic interfaces

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Joseph E. Wedekind

Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics


Catalytic Strategies of Ribozymes

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Research Professors

» Research professors do not accept graduate students, but have active research programs within the department.

Esther M. Conwell

Research Professor


Transport along the base stack in DNA; proton transfer in DNA; electrical and optical properties of organic semiconductors, particularly conjugated polymers.

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Samir Farid

Research Professor


Photo-induced Electron Transfer Reactions

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Brendan Mort

Director of the Center for Integrated Research and Computing and Research Assistant Professor


High performance computing, application of computing technology to chemistry and biology, computational chemistry algorithm development, molecular dynamics simulations, electronic structure theory.

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Instructional Faculty

Benjamin Hafensteiner

Instructional Faculty


General and organic chemistry instructor

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Emeritus Faculty

» Emeritus faculty no longer teach courses or graduate students, but many are still active contributors to the intellectual life of the department, serving as co-advisors, mentors, and running research programs.

Andrew S. Kende

C. F. Houghton Professor Emeritus of Chemistry


Strategy and Tactics in Organic Synthesis

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Robert W. Kreilick

Professor Emeritus of Chemistry


Magnetic and Electrical Properties of Solids: Rapid Motion in Solids, Structure of Solids, Energy Transfer in Solids

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John S. Muenter

Professor Emeritus of Chemistry


Spectroscopic Studies of Molecular Properties and Dynamics

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William H. Saunders, Jr.

Professor Emeritus of Chemistry


Physical organic chemistry: mechanisms of elimination reactions; isotope effects and isotopic tracers in the study of organic reaction mechanisms; proton transfers; ab initio and vbscf calculations

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