Faculty and Staff

Chemistry Faculty

Cevdet Akbay, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry, Chair

Analytical Chemistry
B.S., Inonu University, Turkey
M.S. & Ph.D., Louisiana State University
Office: Science and Technology Building (STB) 305C
Phone: (910) 672-1943
E-mail: cakbay

Research interests: Separation of small and large molecules using capillary electrophoresis (CE) - micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC) 



Daniel Autrey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry, Assistant Chair

Physical Chemistry

B.S., Southeast Missouri State University
Ph.D., Texas A & M University
Office: Science and Technology Building (STB) 305B
Phone: (910) 672-1354

E-mail: dautrey

Research interests: Biological Raman spectroscopy


Bidisha Bose-Basu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Organic Chemistry

B.S. & M.S. University of Calcutta, India
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, IN
Office: Science and Technology Building (STB) 311
Phone: (910) 672-1052
E-mail: bbosebas

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


Jonathan Breitzer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry

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

Office: Science and Technology Building (STB) 310
Phone: (910) 672-1176
E-mail: jbreitzer
Research interests: Cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries; sulfur-rich molecules; synthesis of nanoscale materials; demonstrations for chemical education


Jairo Castillo-Chara, Ph.D.

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
Office: Science and Technology Building (STB) 313
Phone: (910) 672-2062
E-mail: jcastill

Research interests: Computational chemistry


Shubo HanPh.D.


Professor of Chemistry, Coordinator of FSU/NCSU 3+2 Dual Degree Engineering Programs

Analytical Chemistry, Nanoscience

B.E., Hebei University of Science and Technology
M.S. & Ph.D., University of Science and Technology of China
Office: Lyons Science Annex Building (LSA) 334

Phone: (910) 672-1303

E-mail: shan
Research interests: Protein interactions in neurodegenerative diseases, nanomaterials, biosensors, electrochemistry


Hengguang Li, Ph.D.

Lecturrer/Core Facility Supervisor

Organic and Medical Chemistry
B.S., Sichuan University, Chengdu, China
M.S., Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry Chinese Academy
Ph.D.,  Sichuan University, Chengdu, China
Office: Science and Technology Building (STB) 307
Phone: 910-672-2651
E-mail: hli
Research Interests: Bioactive molecules including small molecules and macro compounds in application of medicine, pharmaceuticals, materials, agriculture, environment, and new energy. Particular interest is aptamer and aptbody.


Subir Nagdas, Ph.D.

Professor of Biochemistry

Biochemistry
B.S. & M.S., Calcutta University, Calcutta, India

Ph.D., Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India
Office: Lyons Science Annex Building (LSA) 336
Phone: (910) 672-2073
E-mail: snagdas

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


Darren Pearson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Organic Chemistry
B.S., Virgina Politechnic Institute and State University
Ph.D., University of South Carolina - Columbia
Office: Lyons Science Annex Building (LSA) 336
Phone: (910) 672-2073
E-mail: dpearson

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


Ali Siamaki, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
B.S., Azad University, Iran

M.S., University of Calgary, Canada

Ph.D., McGill University, Canada
Office: Science and Technology Building (STB) 320
Phone: (910) 672-1619
E-mail: asiamaki

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


Physics and Materials Science Faculty


Abdirahman Abokor, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Physics

B.S., Somali National University
Ph.D., Texas Tech University
Office: Science and Technology Building (STB) 321

Phone: (910) 672-1358

E-mail: aabokor

Research interests: Theoretical nuclear structure, particularly the hadron-quark hybrid model and the structure of light nuclei using wave functions derived from realistic potentials  


                                  

Bhoj Raj GautamPh. D.  

Assistant Professor of Physical Science 

B.S.  Tribhuvan University, Nepal 
M.S.  Tribhuvan University, Nepal 
Ph. D. University of Utah, UT 
Office: Science and Technology Building (STB) 315 
Phone: (910) 672-1653 

Email: bgautam

Research Interests: Steady state and time resolved optical spectroscopy, charge and thermal transport in light harvesting materials, energy up-conversion in polymer and organic inorganic perovskites, polymer chemistry, material science and solid state physics.


Daryush Ila, Ph.D. 

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
Office: Lyons Science Annex Building (LSA) 320
Phone: (910) 672-2417
E-mail: dila
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.


Joseph W. Kabbes, M.S.
Lecturer/Planetarium Manager
B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana
M.S., Astronomy, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia
Office: Science and Technology Building (STB) 312
Phone: (910) 672-2651 
E-mail: jkabbes

Research Interests: Astronomy education and public outreach activities; create educational programs and increase public knowledge of planetarium and observatory.


Zhiping Luo, Ph.D.

Professor of 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
Office: Lyons Science Building 129
Phone: (910) 672-2647
E-mail: zluo

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


John Mattox, Ph.D.
Professor of Astronomy & Physics
B.S., University of Florida
Ph.D., Stanford University
Office: Science and Technology Building (STB) 319
Phone: (910) 672-1652
E-mail: jmattox

Research interests: astrophysics, sustainability, and physics education.


Alex Umantsev, Ph.D.
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
Office: Lyons Science Annex Building (LSA) 322
Phone: (910) 672-1449
E-mail: aumantsev

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 


Staff

Brenda Fuller

Administrative Associate
Science and Technology B. 305
Phone: (910) 672-2441
E-mail: bfuller


Ivy Rittenhouse
Research Operation Coordinator

Lyons Science B. 305


Science and Technology B. 440
Phone: (910) 672-1054

E-mail: irittenhouse


Grace Chavis, M.S.

Research Technician

Science and Technology B. 232A

Phone: (910) 672-1860

E-mail: gchavis


Andrea N. Bennett, M.S.

Academic Advisor

Science and Technology B. 112

Phone: 910-672-2913


Email: abenne18



Retired Faculty

Rahi, Gurcharan, Ph.D.

Professor of Physical Sciences



Wu, Jianshi, Ph.D.

Professor of Physics





Adjunct Faculty

Edward Barnes, M.S.
Physical Science
E-mail: ebarnesj


Jainab Khatun, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Theoretical Physical Science
B.S., M.S.: University of Calcutta, India
Ph.D.:Jadavpur University, Calcutta-India
E-mail: jkhatun

Research Interests: Bioinformatics, biostatistics, proteomics and genomics. Specific interest is to develope software for predictive modeling and to aid in data analysis processes. 


Ana Claudia Lemes da Silva, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Analytical Chemistry
B.S., M.S., Ph.D.: Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil
E-mail: adasilva
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.


Caroline Sloan, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Chemistry EducationB.S., Concordia University
M.S., University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D., North Carolina State University
Office: Science and Technology Building (STB) 314
Phone: (910) 672-2487
E-mail: csloan3

Research interests: New assessment methods for chemistry students; student-centered active learning environment with flipped learning/teaching methdos