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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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 of Chemistry

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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Pengfei Huo

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Ab-initio dynamics for understanding chemistry and photo physics of solar energy conversion

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William D. Jones

C.F. Houghton Professor of Chemistry

Mechanistic Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis

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Kathryn Knowles

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Inorganic Materials Chemistry

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Todd D. Krauss

Professor of Chemistry and Chair, Professor of Optics

Physical and 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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Ellen Matson

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry

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David W. McCamant

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Ultrafast spectroscopy of molecular dynamics in photochemistry; Mechanisms of vibrational relaxation.

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Michael L. Neidig

Wilmot Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Physical-Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis

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Bradley L. Nilsson

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Peptide self-assembly, amyloid peptides, amyloid-inspired materials, bioorganic chemistry, supramolecular chemistry

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Lewis Rothberg

Professor of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering

Physical Chemistry: Organic Device Science

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Wolf-Udo Schröder

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 sequence

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Daniel J. Weix

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Organic methods development, transition-metal catalyzed reactions, organometallic chemistry, and mechanism.

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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.

Frank Hal Ebetino

Research Professor

Medicinal chemistry and drug design, including bisphosphonates and bone targeted drugs for arthritis and cancer, receptor agonists/antagonists, and epigenetic enzyme inhibitors

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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.

Richard Eisenberg

Tracy H. Harris Professor of Chemistry Emeritus

Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry: Synthesis, Structure and Reaction Chemistry

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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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