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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
Ph.D. & M.S., 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

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
George Benge

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Claudia da Silva  Adjunct
Jainab Khatun


Hengguang Li

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Organic Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry
Ph.D., Sichuan University, Chengdu, China
Caroline Sloan

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Chemical Education

Ph.D., NC State University

ST 314 672-2544



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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