Research Opportunities for Students

Most of the faculty in the Chemistry Department have on-going research projects and welcome student researchers. You can obtain chemistry credit for your research work through courses such as CH 297 and 298 for freshman and sophomores and also CH 490 and 491 for juniors and seniors .

Research interests of faculty are listed below. For more details about a particular faculty member’s research projects check out faculty Web sites on the faculty-staff page.


Brandon Canfield - environmental/analytical chemistry, separation and analysis of plant secondary metabolites and their response as a function of environmental stressors

 Tom Getman—inorganic chemistry, synthesis and characterization of boron cluster compounds.

Sebastien Inagaki--organic chemistry, organic reactions in water, synthesis of chiral catalysts.

Yu (Leo) Liu—organic chemistry, synthesis of nano-device based catalytic systems, new cooperative catalysts development and catalytic reaction mechanism studies.

Don Marquardt—organic chemistry, synthesis of novel aromatic compounds such as fullerenes, free radical chemistry.

Frankie McCormick—organic chemistry, synthesis of compounds with novel electronic properties and radical chemistry synthetic methods.

Mark Paulsen—physical and biochemistry/theoretical chemistry, computer modeling of enzymatic reactions and protein-protein interactions.

Lesley Putman—biochemistry, plant biochemistry, enzymes involved in phytoremediation of bisphenol A, toluene and TCE.

Lee Roecker—inorganic chemistry, synthesis and reactivity of colbalt (III) compounds coordinated by thiourea or thioether ligands.

Eugene Wickenheiser—forensic application of trace explosive residue analysis and the synthesis and essessment of new MRI contrast agents.

Suzanne Williams—biochemistry, structure and function of proteins using various analytical techniques such as ELISA, spectrophotometry, and biocalorimetry, and forensic DNA investigations focusing on trace analysis.