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 Ms. Brenda Fuller

Brenda Fuller
Administrative Associate
Science and Technology B. 305
Phone: (910) 672-2441

Ms. Ivy Rittenhouse

Ivy Rittenhouse
Research Operation Coordinator
Lyons Science B. 305
Science and Technology B. 440
Phone: (910) 672-1054

Ms. Grace Chavis

Grace Chavis, M.S.
Research Technician
Science and Technology B. 232A
Phone: (910) 672-1860

Joseph W Kabbes,
Lecturer/Planetarium Manager

Ms. Andrea Bennett

Emily Oshita

Instructional Support

Science and Technology B. 314 2544


Adjunct Faculty 

Dr. Claudia da Silva

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

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

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. 

Edward L. Barnes Jr.

Faculty and Staff

 Chemistry Faculty Members

Dr. Cevdet Akbay

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

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

Dr. Daniel Autrey

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

Research interests: Biological Raman spectroscopy

Dr. Bidisha Bose-Basu

Bidisha Bose-Basu, Ph.D.

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
Office: Science and Technology Building (STB) 311
Phone: (910) 672-1052

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

Dr. Jonathan Breitzer

Jonathan Breitzer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Planetarium Director
B.A., Grinnell College
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Office: Science and Technology Building (STB) 310
Phone: (910) 672-1176

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

Dr. Jairo Castillo-Chara

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

Research interests: Computational chemistry

Dr. Shubo Han

Shubo Han, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry
Analytical Chemistry
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

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

Dr. Subir Nagdas

Subir Nagdas, Ph.D.

Professor of Biochemistry
B.S., Calcutta University, Calcutta, India
M.S., Calcutta University, Calcutta, India
Ph.D., Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India
Office: Lyons Science Annex Building (LSA) 336
Phone: (910) 672-2073

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

Dr. Darren Pearson

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

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

Dr. Ali Siamaki

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

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

Dr. Caroline Sloan

Caroline Sloan, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Chemistry Education

B.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

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

Physics and Materials Science Faculty Members

Dr. Abdirahman Abokor

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

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 Gautam, Ph. 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

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 Chencellor 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

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

Dr. Zhiping Luo

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

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

Dr. John Mattox

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

Research interests: astrophysics, sustainability, and physics education.

Dr. Alexander Umantsev

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

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


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