Research

Department of Chemistry faculty maintain active research programs involving undergraduate and graduate researchers in both laboratory and computational aspects of chemical research.  We strongly encourage all undergraduates to participate in research alongside our active M.S. research students and faculty.  Our faculty conduct and publish research in diverse areas such as nanotechnology, natural product synthesis, atmospheric chemistry, catalysis, computational chemistry, and biochemistry.  All students work closely alongside their faculty mentor, gaining valuable experience that extends far beyond typical classroom learning.

 

Undergraduates are invaluable members of our research labs.  If you are interested in research, explore the faculty pages below and contact the faculty members whose research is of interest to you.  

Masters students play an important role in faculty research, too.  Learn more about our graduate program!

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Analytical Chemistry

Bryan Eigenbrodt, Ph.D., Power generation and renewable energy.

Grannas lab

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Amanda M. Grannas, Ph.D., conducts research on a wide range of topics under the umbrella of analytical environmental chemistry - including snow and ice photochemistry, the impacts of photochemistry on pollutant cycling, the role of organic matter in aquatic chemistry, Arctic atmospheric chemistry, and development of advanced analytical techniques to study organic materials in ice cores.

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Anthony Lagalante, Ph.D., conducts analytical research in environmental chemistry and cultural heritage science.  Environmental projects have used mass spectrometry (MS) to analyze molecules ranging from flame retardants to neonicotinoid insecticides.  Cultural heritage science projects seek to advance MS based imaging techniques for the study and preservation of both historic and modern objects in the museum environment.

Biochemistry

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Eggler lab at AAAS

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Aimee Eggler, Ph.D. The Eggler lab studies how molecules in superfoods stimulate the body’s antioxidant, detoxification, and repair systems through activating the Nrf2 transcription factor. Activation of Nrf2 is believed to help prevent or mitigate chronic diseases including cancer, heart disease, neurodegenerative diseases, arthritis, and asthma. We are particularly focused on the role of reactive oxygen species in Nrf2 activation.

Palenchar lab

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Jennifer Palenchar, Ph.D. Our laboratory works with trypanosomes.  These ancient parasites are the causative agents of global disease today.  We characterize proteins and biological processes in the parasites that are unique from the human host, with possible longer term therapeutic applications driving the projects we pursue.

Selinsky lab

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Barry Selinsky, Ph.D. is interested in understanding the composition and structure of biological membranes and membrane proteins. Current projects include the synthesis of membrane-active aminosterols, and the cloning, expression, and characterization of bacterial proteins predicted to act like mammalian prostaglandin synthases.
 

Kraut lab

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Daniel Kraut, Ph.D. In the Kraut lab, we study the proteasome, a macromolecular machine inside all eukaryotic cells responsible for unfolding and degrading proteins. We are specifically interested in factors that influence proteasomal processivity, or the tendency of the proteasome to either degrade or release its substrates.

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Peter Palenchar, Ph.D.  I am interested in the evolution of biological systems, especially metabolic pathways, and the use of bioinformatics and genomics to understand the connectivity and evolution of metabolic systems.

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Inorganic Chemistry

Kassel group

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W. Scott Kassel, Ph.D., Catalysis and Chemical Crystallography.

Zubris group

 

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Deanna L. Zubris, Ph.D., conducts research involving the synthesis of organometallic compounds for use as polymerization catalysts. Past work has focused on catalyst development for coordination polymerization (ethylene and alpha-olefin monomers); current projects are directed towards free-radical polymerization, particularly Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP).

 

Paul group

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Jared J. Paul, Ph.D., carries out research involving the synthesis and study of photochemical and electrochemical properties of transition metal complexes.  Current work focuses on the design of complexes with protonatable groups that can function as either water oxidation catalysts or anti-cancer agents.

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Organic Chemistry

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Eduard Casillas, Ph.D. Natural Product Synthesis and Bio-organic Chemistry.

Minbiole group

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Kevin Minbiole, Ph.D. The Minbiole group studies organic compounds that have antimicrobial effects.  One avenue of research investigates the antifungal chemicals produced by bacteria that inhabit amphibian skin.  The rest of the group is working to develop novel antiseptics (specifically quaternary ammonium compounds or QACs) to combat the transmission of pathogenic bacteria such as MRSA.

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Joseph Bausch, Ph.D. Carboranes and Computational Chemistry.

Giuliano group

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Robert M. Giuliano, Ph.D. conducts research in the fields of synthetic organic and carbohydrate chemistry, with recent efforts involving the synthesis of carbohydrate components of antibiotics, C-glycosyl compounds, cyclopropyl glycosides, and functionalized graphite nanofibers.  Dr. Giuliano served as Regional Editor of the Journal of Carbohydrate Chemistry and is currently on the Editorial Board of Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry.  He was the 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award given by Villanova University for the direction of students in research.

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Brian Ohta, Ph.D. Mechanistic and Structural Organic Chemistry.

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Physical Chemistry

Ryan Jorn, Ph.D. Charge Transport and Theoretical Chemistry.