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Faculty Research Interests

Ms. Tashia Caughran-Analytical Chemistry (Oconee)

Lecturer of Chemistry-

  • Chemical Education
  • Analytical Chemistry with an emphasis in Environmental Science

Dr. Royce Dansby-Sparks - Analytical Chemistry

Associate Professor of Chemistry -

  • Electrochemistry
    • Ultra-trace metal ion detection methods, catalytic adsorptive stripping analysis, electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance (eQCM)
  • Chemical Sensors
    • Sol-gel based optical sensing, spetroelectrochemical sensing 
  • Array Sensors
    • Multiplexed biosensor arrays for early cancer detection biomarkers 
  • Environmental Analysis

Dr. Brad Herbert - Analytical Chemistry

Professor of Chemistry

  • Chiral Separations using Capillary Electrophoresis (CE) and Highly Sulfated Cyclodextrins
  • Enantiomeric Rresolution of Transition Metal (TM) Complexes using CE and Tartrate Salts
  • Assessment of Optical Purity of TM Complexes using CE in Conjunction with CD
  • Octanol-water Partition Coefficient Estimation using CE

Dr. Eric Huddleston-Organic Chemistry

Assistant Professor of

  • Conjugated Polymer Synthesis
    • Surface-Initiated Kumada Catalyst-Transfer Polycondensation
    • Stille Catalyst Transfer Polycondensation
  • Organometallic Chemistry
    • Novel methods in Stille Cross-Coupling Reactions
    • Microwave Assisted Synthesis
  • Chemical Education
    • New Lecture Methods
    • Learning by Teaching
    • Research Methods in Organic Chemistry

Mr. John Kruger - Inorganic Chemistry

Lab Coordinator & Instructor -

  • Synthesis and characterization of Microporous Solids
    • Zeolites
    •  Aluminum and Gallium Phosphates
    •  Separation and Catalytic Applications
  • X-ray Techniques
    • X ray Diffraction on Microcrystals of Small Molecules
    • Separation and Catalytic Applications
  • Synthesis and Isolation of Metal Complexes especially those using Cobalt

Dr. John Leyba-Nuclear Chemistry

Professor of Chemistry and Department

  • Fast Chemical Separations and Quantification
  • Rapid Complex Matrix Dissolutions
  • Sample Dissolutions Using Green Methodologies
  • Trace Element Detection Using Total Reflection X-Ray Fluorescence Techniques
  • Radiochemical Analyses
    • Alpha Spectroscopy
    • Gamma Ray Spectroscopy

Dr. Ryan Meier - Inorganic Chemistry

Assistant Professor of Chemistry -

  • Organometallic synthesis and catalysis with a focus of replacing precious metal catalysts with compounds using earth abundant metals such as iron, copper, or nickel.

Dr. Paula Nolibos-Analytical Chemistry (Gainesville)

Professor of

  • Chemical Education
  • Analytical Chemistry-Applications of Chromatography, Spectroscopy

Dr. Andrew Thomas-Analytical Chemistry (Gainesville)

Associate Professor of

  • Applications of Analytical Chemistry in Chromatography and Spectroscopy
  • Chemical Education

Dr. Dan Thompson- Organic Chemistry

Professor of Chemistry & Instrumental Guru -

  • Organic Synthesis and Characterization
    • Dialkynyl Sulfides
    • Substituted Thiophenes
    • Heterabicyclo[3.3.1]noanes
  • Cyclization of Dialkynyl Sulfides
    • Bioisosteric Ene-diyne mimics
    • Polythiophene Synthesis
  • Colligative Properties by Thermogravimetric Analysis
  • Chemical Education 
    • Spectral Analysis and Instrumentation
    • Research Methods in Organic Chemistry

Dr. Aimee Tomlinson - Physical Chemistry

Professor of Chemistry -

  • Density Functional Theory (DFT) applied to:
    • Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs)
    • Organic Photovoltaics (OPVs)
    • Electrochromics
    • Wearable Electronics
  • Chemical Education

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