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Faculty and Staff


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Cevdet Akbay

Professor of Chemistry, Chair
Analytical Chemistry

B.S., Inonu University, Turkey
M.S. & Ph.D., Louisiana State University

Research interests: Separation of small and large molecules using capillary electrophoresis and high performance liquid chromatography

LSA 305C 672-1943

Daniel E. Autrey

Associate Professor of Chemistry, Assistant Chair
Physical Chemistry

B.S., Southeast Missouri State University
Ph.D., Texas A & M University

Research interests:Biological Raman spectroscopy

STB 305B 672-1354

Bidisha Bose-Basu

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Organic Chemistry

B.S., University of Calcutta, India
M.S., University of Calcutta, India
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, IN

Research interests: Carbohydrate and nucleic acid structure, and structural aspects of protein-DNA interaction.  Initiating new research on natural products

STB 311 672-1052

Jonathan G. Breitzer

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry

Planetarium Director

B.A., Grinnell College
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research interests:Cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries; sulfur-rich molecules; synthesis of nanoscale materials; demonstrations for chemical education

STB 310 672-1176

Jairo Castillo-Chara

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Physical Chemistry

B.S., Universidad del Valle, Cali-Colombia
M.S., University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez , PR
Ph.D., Texas A & M University, College Station, TX

Research interests:Computational chemistry

STB 313 672-2062

Shubo Han

Professor of Chemistry
Analytical Chemistry

B.E., Hebei University of Science and Technology

M.S. & Ph.D., University of Science and Technology of China

Research interests:Protein interactions in neurodegenerative diseases, nanomaterials, biosensors, electrochemistry

LSA 334 672-1303

Subir Nagdas

Professor of Biochemistry

B.S., Calcutta University, Calcutta, India
M.S., Calcutta University, Calcutta, India
Ph.D., Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India

Research interests:Identification and characterization of acrosomal enzymes and acrosomal protein-protein interactions to elucidate their physiological roles in mammalian fertilization.

LSA 336 672-2073

Darren Pearson

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Organic Chemistry

B.S., Virgina Politechnic Institute and State University
Ph.D., University of South Carolina - Columbia

Research interests:Synthesis, characterization, and application of conducting rigid rod organic oligomers for use in molecular rectifiers, transistors, and other electronic devices.

LSA 332 672-1346

Ali Siamaki

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Organic Chemistry

B.S., Azad University, Iran
M.S., University of Calgary, Canada
Ph.D., McGill University, Canada

Research interests: Heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis, metal nanoparticles synthesis and characterization, metal catalyzed reactions including cross coupling reactions, and Microwave and continuous flow reactions.

STB 320 672-1619
Physics and Materials Science

Abdirahman Y. Abokor
Associate Professor of Physics

B.S., Somali National University
Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Research interests:
STB 321 672-1358


Daryush Ila

Professor of Physics
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research

B.S., Physics - Tehran University
M.S., Nuclear Physics - M.I. T.
Ph.D., Condensed Matter Physics - U. Mass Lowell

Research Interests: Surface and interface processing at nanoscale; fundamental and applied ion matter interaction;thermoelectric properties nanoscale materials (regimented quantum dots); biomaterials and cell/matter interface studies

LSA 320 672-2417

Zhiping Luo

Associate Professor of Physics and Materials Science 
SENCR-MIC Director
Materials Science and Engineering

B.E., Dalian Jiaotong University, China
M.S.E., Southwest Jiaotong University, China
Ph.D., Chinese Aeronautical Establishment

Research interests:Fabrication of novel nanostructured materials with enhanced performance for energy-related applications; material structures through electron microscopy; material structure-property correlations.

LS 129 672-2647

John Mattox

Professor of Astronomy & Physics

B.S., University of Florida
Ph.D., Stanford University

Research interests:Beamed emission of AGN, sustainability, energy efficiency,  and renewable energy technology

STB 319 672-1652

Gurcharan S. Rahi

Professor of Physical Science

M.S., U.P.A. University, Pantnagar
Ph.D., Mississippi State University


STB 315 672-1653

Alex Umantsev

Professor of Physics

B.S., Moscow Institute for Physics and Technology
M.S., Moscow Institute for Transportation and Engineering
Ph.D., National Research Lab for Metallurgy, Moscow

Research interests:Condensed- and soft-matter physics, computational materials physics and biophysics; particularly processes of pattern formation, nonequilibrium thermodynamic and dynamics of interfaces, theoretical methods and computer simulations.

STB 320 672-1449

Jianshi Wu

Professor of Physics

B.S., Tsinghua University, China
Ph.D., Yale University

Research interests:Nuclear structure and astrophysics, elasticity of microemulsion

STB 318 672-1926
Adjunct Faculty


George Gregory Benge

Adjunct Assistant Professor

B.S., Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
M.S., Chemical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA
Research Interests:
Chemical and polymer reaction engineering (both theoretical/modeling as well as design of lab-scale reactors for  experimental investigations and process development); mathematical modeling of chemical and physical phenomena; chemical and polymer process simulation; polymer process research and development (and scale-up); step-growth polymerization (melt phase and solid-state polymerization); polymer characterization; polymer structure-property relationships.  

STB 314 672-2441

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Claudia da Silva

Adjunct Assistant Professor

B.S., Universidade Estadual de Campinas - Brazil
M.S., Universidade Estadual de Campinas - Brazil
Ph.D. Universidade Estadual de Campinas - Brazil

Research Interests: Chemical Education. Development of experiments and other resources to facilitate the learning of Chemical Concepts.  Analytical Chemistry. Method Development. Chromatography and Separation Methods. Solid Phase Micro extraction.

STB 314 672-2544


Jainab Khatun

Adjunct Assistant Professor

B.S in Physics: University of Calcutta, Calcutta, India.
M.S. in Physics: University of Calcutta, Calcutta, India.
Ph.D. in Theoretical Physical Science: Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India

Research Interest: Bioinformatics, biostatistics, proteomics and genomics. Specific interest is to develop software for predictive modelling and to aid in data analysis processes.

STB 314 672-2544


Hengguang Li

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Organic Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry
B. S. in Analytic Chemistry,Sichuan University, Chengdu, China.

M. S. in Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, The Chinese Academy of Sciences. Shanghai. China. Sichuan University, Chengdu, China.

Ph. D. in Organic and Medicinal Chemistry                                 
Sichuan University, Chengdu, China                          

Research Interests:Bio-active molecules including small molecules and macro compounds, in the applications of medicine, pharmaceutics, material, agriculture, environment, and new energy. Particularly interesting is Aptamer and/or Aptbody, a class of molecules that possess high specificity and binding affinity.

STB 314 672-2544


Caroline Sloan

Postdoctoral Teaching Associate and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemistry
General Chemistry and Chemical Education

B.A. Concordia University

M.S. and High School Teaching Certificate, University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign

Ph.D. North Carolina State University

Research interests: New assessment methods for chemistry students;SCALE-UP teaching methods

ST 314 672-2487


Brenda Fuller
Administrative Secretary STB 305 672-2441

Ivy Rittenhouse

Research Operation Coordinator

BS Fayetteville State University

LS 305

STB 440


Grace Chavis

Research Technician

BS Fayetteville State University (Chemistry)
MS Fayetteville State University (Biology)

STB 232A 672-1860


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