Faculty Research Interests




Dr. Anwar Bhuiyan, Professor of Chemistry

-Analytic Chemistry

Dr. Rajib Choudhury, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

-Macromolecules/polymers for biomedical and environmental applications
-Molecular dynamics simulation of supramolecular systems
-Photochemistry/photophysics of organic compounds

Recent Publications: Google Scholar Search (Rajib Choudhury)

Dr. Mariusz Gajewski, Associate Professor of Chemistry

-Organic chemist, specializing in medicinal chemistry.  

His main research emphasis is put on medicinal chemistry, specifically: hypothesis driven, computer assisted drug design and synthesis, and subsequent collaborative biological testing of the molecules produced in his lab. He specializes in combating brain cancers and neuroinflammation.

The second branch of his research involves environmental chemistry, namely: design and construction of solar powered self-sustained devices for water purification and development of organic macromolecules which play a key role in this process.

The third area of Dr. Gajewski’s research stretches over broadly defined photovoltaics and focuses on development of synthetic organic photosensitizers increasing efficiency of solar cells.

Dr. Frank Hardcastle, Professor of Chemistry

-Physical and Materials Chemistry
-Raman spectroscopy – Experiment and Theory
-Chemical Bond Valence – Bond Length/Valence Relationships
-Heterogeneous Catalysis – Supported Metal Oxide Catalysts
-Water-Splitting Catalysts and Photoelectrochemical (PEC) Materials

Dr. Newt Hilliard, Associate Professor of Chemistry

-Metabolism and bioenergetics of marine thermal vent microbes
Microbial carbon uptake and fixation
Microbial xenobiotic metabolism
Enzyme kinetics

Dr. Charles Mebi, Associate Professor of Chemistry

-Inorganic Chemistry

Dr. Robin Lasey, Associate Professor of Chemistry

-Biochemistry, Chemistry Education

Dr. Juliette Rivero, Instructor of Chemistry

-Organic Synthesis, Heterocyclic Chemistry


Dr. Mike Davis, Assistant Professor of Geology

-Volcanism and igneous petrology
-Thermal aspects of geological processes
Climate change (past, present, and future)
Geophysics and tectonics
Earthquakes and earthquake hazards

Dr. Jacob Grosskopf, Assistant Professor of Geology

Dr. Grosskopf's research interests focus on the conditions of ancient environments preserved in regional outcrops spanning the Mississippian and Pennsylvanian Geologic Periods. Analysis fo these paleoenvironments include determining controls on and conditions of sedimentation, understanding bottom water conditions, and attributes of fossil communities present. A variety of research methods are utilized to pursue these research interests including high-resolution magnetic susceptibility and gamma-ray measurements, correlation of these data to well-logs, log strata, sample outcrop at fixed intervals, process samples for lab measurements, operate magnetic susceptibility bridge or gamma-ray spectrometer, and learn correlation and interpretation techniques.

Dr. Jason Patton, Associate Professor of Geology



Dr. Amber Harrington, Assistant Professor of Physics


Dr. Santoshi Nandivada, Assistant Professor of Physics


Dr. Jeff Robertson, Professor of Astrophysics

-Variable Stars (cataclysmic variables, binary system modeling)
-Observatory Automation
-Astrometry of Potentially Hazardous Asteroids
-Transits of Exoplanets

Representative Publications (Google Scholar Search: Jeff Robertson)
-Orbital Light Curves of UU AQUARII During Stunted Outburst
-Binary Star Light Curve and Model of TYC3670-588-1 From Professional-Amatuer Collaboration
-The 1991-2012 Light Curve of the Old Nova HR LYRAE
-Orbit Resolved Photometry and Echelle Spectroscopy of Cataclysmic Variable ST LMi During a High-State
-The Long-term Light Curve of the Cataclysmic Variable V794 AQL
-The Chromospheric Activity of [HH97] FS Aur-79: A Close Binary with Late-type Active (dK7e+dM3e) Components-Newly Discovered Eclipsing Binary in Sextans

-Reconnaissance of Suspected Old Novae

 Dr. Hamed Shojaei, Associate Professor of Physics



Dr. Jessica Young, Assistant Professor of Physics