Faculty of Chemistry Department

Distinguished Professors

Dill, Kenneth, Distinguished Professor, Ph.D., 1978, University of California: Statistical mechanics and dynamics of biological systems.

Hsiao, Benjamin S., Distinguished Professor, Ph.D., 1987, University of Connecticut: Polymer physics; polymer crystallization; structure and property relationships in nanostructured polymers; nanocomposites and biodegradable polymer; polymers for biomedical applications; synchrotron X-ray scattering and diffraction.

Lauher, Joseph W.1, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Ph.D., 1974, Northwestern University: Structural chemistry; design and synthesis of new inorganic and organic materials; hydrogen bonding; molecular graphics, x-ray crystallography.

London, Erwin2, Distinguished Professor, Ph.D., 1979, Cornell University: Lipid-protein and protein-protein interactions in membranes; membrane protein folding and translocation by membrane penetrating toxins; cholesterol and lipid domain formation.

Ojima, Iwao, Distinguished Professor, Ph.D., 1973, University of Tokyo, Japan: Development of new and effective methodologies for the syntheses of bioactive compounds of medicinal interest based on organic and organometallic chemistry; medicinal chemistry and chemical biology of anticancer agents, MDR reversal agents, and enzyme inhibitors.

Parise, John B.3, Distinguished Professor, Ph.D., 1981, University of North Queensland, Australia: Synthetic solid-state chemistry; structural chemistry; crystallography; materials research. 

Takeuchi, Esther4, Distinguished Professor, Ph.D., The Ohio State University:  Fundamental chemistry and electrochemistry of energy storage, synthesis and characterization of electrochemically active materials; nanomaterials and nanostructured materials related to energy storage.

Takeuchi, Kenneth5, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Ph.D., The Ohio State University: Energy storage; fundamental chemistry and electrochemistry of energy storage, synthesis and characterization of electrochemically active materials; nanomaterials and nanostructured materials related to energy storage.


Bhatia, Surita, Ph.D., 2000, Princeton University: Rheology and phase behavior of associative polymer gels; small-angle scattering; structure and rheology of colloidal dispersions and complex fluids; polymeric materials for cell encapsulation, delivery, and wound healing.

Drueckhammer, Dale G., Ph.D., 1987, Texas A&M University: Bioorganic chemistry; computer-guided design in molecular recognition, design and synthesis of receptors and sensors for biological molecules. 

Goroff, Nancy, Ph.D., 1994, University of California, Los Angeles: Design and synthesis of carbon-rich organic molecules and materials; halocumulenes and alkynes; 3-dimensional chromophores for biological fluorescence studies; cyclophenacenes (“buckybelts”) and other unusual conjugated systems.

Grubbs, Robert B., Ph.D., 1998, Cornell University: Polymer chemistry; block copolymer materials; polymer assemblies; controlled radical polymerization.

Johnson, Francis6, Ph.D., 1954, Glasgow University, Scotland: Structure and total synthesis of naturally occurring biologically active molecules; DNA damage and enzymatic repair mechanisms; new synthetic methods in organic synthesis; heterocyclic chemistry.

Koch, Stephen, Ph.D., 1975, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Synthesis and structure in transition metal coordination chemistry; metal ions in biological systems; early transition metal catalysts.

Lacey, Roy A.7, Ph.D., 1987, University at Stony Brook: Nuclear chemistry; intermediate and relativistic energy heavy ion reaction studies.

Mayr, Andreas, Ph.D., 1978, University of Munich, Federal Republic of Germany: Reactivity of metal-carbon multiple bonds; synthesis of molecular components for nanocomputing.

Parker, Kathlyn A., Ph.D., 1971, Stanford University: Organic synthesis; synthetic methods; natural products, non-natural nucleosides; designed enzyme inhibitors; molecular tools for biochemistry.

Raleigh, Daniel P., Ph.D., 1988, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Biological chemistry; experimental studies of protein folding and protein stability; studies of amyloid formation; NMR studies of protein dynamics.

Sampson, Nicole S., Ph.D., 1990, University of California, Berkeley: Enzyme mechanisms and protein-protein interactions; the use of organic synthesis, kinetics and mutagenesis to probe the structure and function of enzymes and cell-surface recognition proteins.

Sears, Trevor John, Ph.D., 1979, Southampton University, England: High resolution spectroscopy of transient species; molecular structure; development of new instrumental techniques; gas phase free radical dynamics and kinetics.

Simmerling, Carlos, Ph.D., 1994, University of Illinois, Chicago: Computational chemistry and structural biology; molecular dynamics of biological macromolecules.

Tonge, Peter J., Ph.D., 1986, University of Birmingham, England: Biological chemistry and enzyme mechanisms; quantitating substrate strain in enzyme-substrate complexes using vibrational spectroscopy; rational drug design.

Wang, Jin, Ph.D., 1991, University of Illinois: Physics and chemistry of biomolecules; single molecule reaction dynamics.

White, Michael, Ph.D., 1979, University of California, Berkeley: Surface chemical dynamics; catalysis; photo-induced reactions; molecular spectroscopy; molecular beam scattering.

Wong, Stanislaus, Ph.D., 1999, Harvard University: Nanoscience; physical chemistry; biophysical chemistry; materials science; scanning probe microscopy imaging of nanomaterials; synthesis and characterization of nanostructures such as nanocrystals and nanotubes; physical, chemical, and biological applications of nanotechnology.

Associate Professors

Aubrecht, Katherine, Ph.D., 1999, Cornell University: Chemical education, education for sustainability, context-based chemistry education, sustainable polymeric materials.

Boon, Elizabeth, Ph.D., 2002, California Institute of Technology: Biochemistry; prokaryotic nitric oxide biology and the role of the H-NOX family; peptide and protein engineering for novel sensing applications.

Carrico, Isaac, Ph.D., 2003, California Institute of Technology: Chemical biology and bio-organic Chemistry; introduction of unnatural amino acids and sugars into cell and virus systems for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes; development of new reactions designed to take place inside living systems.

Jia, Jiangyong, Ph.D., 2003, State University of New York at Stony Brook: Ultra-relativistic heavy ion reaction studies.

Khalifah, Peter, Ph.D., 2001, Princeton University: Solid state chemistry; electronic and magnetic materials; renewable energy, x-ray diffraction; crystal growth

Rushton, Gregory, Ph.D., 2004, University of South Carolina: Chemistry education; chemistry teacher leadership; STEM teacher quality; discourse practices in chemistry learning environments; models and modeling in chemistry

Rudick, Jonathan G., Ph.D., 2005, University of Pennsylvania:  Organic, supramolecular, and polymer chemistry.

Assistant Professors

Allison, Thomas8, Ph.D., 2010, University of California, Berkeley: Chemical Physics. Frequency combs. Ultrasensitive femtosecond spectroscopy, and high-order harmonic generation.

Chiu, Melanie, Ph.D., 2009, University of California, Berkeley: organic, supramolecular, and materials chemistry; synthesis and applications of sequence-defined polymers.

French, Jarrod B.2, Ph.D., 2010, Cornell University: Biochemistry, Biophysics and Chemical Biology; macromolecular x-ray crystallography; mechanistic enzymology; microscopy; structure/function studies of purine and pyrimidine biosynthesis; structural biology of viral tegument proteins and photoactive proteins.

Gao, Liang2, Ph.D., 2009, Purdue University: Optical imaging, fluorescence microscopy, analytical instrumentation.

Johnson, Christopher, Ph.D., 2011, University of California, San Diego: Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics.  Molecular spectroscopy; reaction dynamics; characterization of reaction intermediates; atmospheric chemistry; catalysis; mass spectrometry.

Laughlin, Scott, Ph.D., 2008, University of California, Berkeley: chemical biology, neuroscience, organic chemistry.

Ngai, Ming-Yu, Ph.D., 2008, University of Texas at Austin: Organic and organometallic chemistry, photochemistry, radiochemistry, and biomedical imaging.

Research Faculty

Honda, Tadashi, Ph.D., 1979, The University of Tokyo: Drug discovery of new anti-inflammatory and cytoprotective agents and the new chemistry that is derived from their synthesis and modifications.

Marschilok, Amy C., Ph.D., University at Buffalo (SUNY); Inorganic and materials chemistry; preparation and investigation of novel electrode materials and structures for energy storage, including metal-air batteries.

Affiliated Professors

Rizzo, Robert C., Ph.D., 2001, Yale University: Structure-based drug design, computational structural biology, docking, molecular dynamics. Quantifying molecular recognition with quantitative structural biology. Primary appointment: Department of Applied Math and Statistics.

Weinacht, Thomas, Ph.D., 2000, University of Michigan: Time resolved spectroscopy and Strong Field Quantum Control. Primary appointment: Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Affiliated Associate Professors

Knopf, Daniel, Ph.D.

Green, David, Ph.D., 2002, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Computational biology of protein interactions. Primary appointment: Department of Applied Math and Statistics.

Koga, Tadanori, Ph.D., 1998, Kyushu University, Japan: Soft Matter green nanoprocessing and energy x-ray and neutron scattering. Primary appointment: Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Orlov, Alexander, Ph.D., 2005, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom: Physical and environmental chemistry; materials science and engineering; heterogeneous catalysis; novel materials for environmental and energy applications; environmental engineering and environmental science. Primary appointment: Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Affiliated Assistant Professors

Seeliger, Jessica, Ph.D., 2007, Stanford University: Chemical biology, biochemistry, microbiology. Mechanisms of lipid biosynthesis and transport in bacterial pathogens; developing tools for inducible gene regulation; biophysical behavior of model lipid membranes. Primary appointment: Department of Pharmacological Sciences.

Affiliated Adjunct Professors

Gang, Oleg, Ph.D., Physics, 2000, Bar-Ilan University, Israel: self-assembly of biomimetic systems from nanocomponents with recognitions, macromolecular phenomena in confinements, behavior of soft matter at interfaces and development of methods for programmable assembly of optically active nano-architectures. Primary appointment: Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Liu, Ping, Ph.D., 1994, Jilin University: Theoretical description of nanostructures, supported nanostructures, surfaces and their catalytic applications in heterogeneous catalysis and electrocatalysis, with a focus on catalytic processes in production, conversion and use of non-conventional fuels such as hydrogen and alcohols. Density functional calculations, kinetic modeling and sensitivity analysis are employed to obtain a fundamental understanding of catalytic processes and provide guidance for the catalyst development.  Primary appointment: Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Miller, Lisa, Ph.D., Biophysics, 1995, Albert Einstein College of Medicine: Study of the chemical makeup of tissue in disease, using high-resolution infrared and x-ray imaging at the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS). Primary appointment: Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Misewich, James, Ph.D., 1984, Cornell University: Associate Laboratory Director for Basic Energy Sciences, which is responsible for overseeing research in chemistry, condensed matter physics, materials science and nanoscience. Nanoscience, the study of materials at ultra-small dimensions, will expand at Brookhaven's Center for Functional Nanomaterials. Primary appointment: Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Shanklin, John, Ph.D.,1988, University of Wisconsin-Madison: Biochemistry of lipid metabolism, enzyme structure-function studies, understanding enzyme specificity, redesigning enzymes for new functionality, understanding biochemical regulation processes, metabolic engineering of plants to accumulate unusual fatty acids and to accumulate oil in vegetative tissues. Primary appointment: Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Stavitski, Eli, 2006, Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Operando characterization of advanced functional materials; heterogeneous catalysis; nanoporous frameworks. Primary appointment: Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Rodriguez, Jose A., Ph.D., 1988, Indiana University: Surface chemistry and catalysis. Primary appointment: Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Zhu, Yimei, Ph.D., 1987, Nagoya University: Nanoscale structure and property relations in oxides, strongly correlated electron systems and energy materials, advanced electron microscopy.  Primary appointment: Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Zuckerman, Ronald, Ph.D., 1989, University of California, Berkeley:  Solid-phase synthesis of sequence-defiend polymers.  Design, synthesis and folding of peptoid polymers into protein-mimetic nanostructures, screening of combinatorial libraries for function.  Primary appointment: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Number of teaching, graduate, and research assistants, fall 2015: 161

1)  Recipient of the State University Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1990; Recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1990.

2) Joint appointment, Department of Biochemistry.

3) Joint appointment, Department of Geosciences.

4) Joint appointment, Materials Sciences and Engineering.

5) Recipient of the State University Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1986.

6) Joint appointment, Department of Pharmacology.

7) Recipient of the State University Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1998; Recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1998.

8) Joint appointment, Department of Physics & Astronomy.