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School of Sciences


Chemistry deals with matter, the changes that take place in matter, and the energies that accompany those changes. Chemists look at matter (through experiments) and think (or theorize) about it at all levels of subdivision, from the submicroscopic world of atoms and molecules to the gram quantities of chemicals in the laboratory to the ton amounts of products in industry. As a basic material science, chemistry serves as the foundation for many areas of study such as biochemistry, various fields of engineering, paper production, military research, patent law, industrial economics, pharmacy, forensics, medicine and dentistry.

Faculty Research


Cruse, Sharon F.
Medicinal Chemist Synthesis and in vitro testing of compounds with dopaminergic activity, analysis of fogwater for the presence of organic pollutants.

El-Giar, Emad M.
Analytical Chemist

Findley, Gary L.
Physical Chemist Experimental applications of synchrotron radiation, highly excited atomic and molecular states, photoconduction, and photoemission spectroscopy.

Murru, Siva.
Organic and Medicinal Chemist: Development of catalytic methods; Synthesis and biological activity studies of N-heterocycles and biologically relevant molecules.

Thurlkill, Richard L.
Biochemist Protein folding and conformational stability, local and solution effects on the ionizable groups of biological molecules.