Graduate Faculty List
APBLETT, ALLEN Associate Professor. B.Sc. in Chemistry, 1984, University of New Brunswick. Ph.D., 1989, The University of Calgary. Postdoctoral Fellow, 1989-1991, Harvard University. Industrial, Materials and Environmental Chemistry. Catalysis. Metallo-organic Chemistry applied to development of new chemical processes, protective coatings, corrosion protection, catalysis, environmental remediation and advanced materials.
AUSMAN, KEVIN D Assistant Professor. B.A., 1993, Rice University. Ph.D.,
1998, Rice University. Postdoctoral Fellow, 1998-2000, Washington University
in St. Louis. Postdoctoral Fellow, 2000-2001, Rice University. Executive
Director, 2001-2006, Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology,
Rice University. Environmentally-relevant nanoparticles, nanoparticle
detection/characterization techniques, novel materials, supramolecular
assembly, molecular photophysics, fullerenes, carbon nanotubes,
BENSON, STACY D. Assistant Professor, B.S., 1990, Georgia Institute of Technology, Ph.D., 1999, University of Pennsylvania, 2000-04, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Wistar Institute, X-ray crystallography for structural studies of viral proteins and human enzymes
BERLIN, KENNETH DARRELL Regents Professor. B.A., 1955, North Central Coll.; Ph.D., 1958, Univ. of Illinois. WADC Postdoctoral Fellow, 1958-60, Univ. of Florida. Organophosphorus chemistry; heterosteroids in cancer chemotherapy; NMR spectroscopy; new methodology for reactions; heterocycles in medicinal chemistry, especially new antiarrhythmic agents, synthetic organic chemistry.
BUNCE, RICHARD ALAN Professor. B.S., 1975, Marietta College, Marietta, OH; Ph.D. 1981, University of Wisconsin. NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, 1981-83, University of California-Berkeley. Synthetic and mechanistic aspects of organic photochemistry, reaction mechanisms, molecular orbital theory as applied to organic chemistry, development of new synthetic reactions.
EL RASSI, ZIAD Professor. B.S. in Chemistry, 1972, Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon; M.S., 1974, Ph.D., 1978, Claude-Bernard University, Lyon, France. Visiting Assistant Professor, 1978-80, Ecole Centrale de Lyon, Lyon, France; Associate Research Scientist, 1980-85, Yale University; Research Scientist, 1985-1988, Yale University. High performance liquid chromatography, biopolymer HPLC; high performance capillary electrophoresis, micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography; enzyme immobilization; environmental analytical chemistry.
FORD, WARREN THOMAS Regents Professor. A.B., 1963, Wabash College; Ph.D., 1967, University of California, Los Angeles. NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, 1967-8, Harvard University; Fulbright Fellow, 1985-6, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research. Polymer synthesis, polymer characterization, gels, colloids, liquid crystals, heterogeneous catalysis, carbon nanotubes, nanotechnology.
GELDER, JOHN IVES Professor. B.S., 1969, Western Washington University; M.S., 1971, University of Wisconsin; Ph.D., 1975, University of Arizona. Visiting Assistant Professor. 1975-77, University of Illinois at Chicago; Visiting Associate Professor, 1984-85, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Applications of microcomputers in the lecture and laboratory, development of inquiry-based laboratory experiments, distance learning.
LAVINE, BARRY KENNETH Associate Professor. B.A., 1976, Temple University; M.S., 1982, Ohio State University; 1986, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University. Analytical Chemistry and Computational Chemistry. Swellable molecularly imprinted polymers for optical sensing; surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy for biosensing; bioinformatics (classification of microarray data, interaction of DNA with drug molecules); chemoinformatics (odor-structure relationships); multivariate image analysis; retention mechanisms in liquid chromatograph (interaction of bonded phase films); environmental chemistry; electroanalytical chemistry.
MATERER, NICHOLAS F. Associate Professor, B.S., 1990, University of Missouri, Columbia; Ph.D., 1995, University of California, Berkeley; Postdoctoral Fellow, 1995-98 University of Colorado, Boulder. Interfacial chemistry and physics relevant to semiconductor devices, micro-mechanical machines, catalysis and sensors.
PURDIE, NEIL Professor and Chairman. B.Sc., 1958, Ph.D., 1962, University of Glasgow, Postdoctoral Fellow, 1962-63, Brookhaven Natl. Lab; Turner and Newall Fellow, 1963-65, Univ. of Glasgow; Visiting Assoc. Prof., 1973-74, Univ. of Utah. Analytical Chemistry; Correlating irregular levels of plasma unsaturated lipids with multiple disease states that includes heart disease, obesity, diabetes, renal disease, neurological diseases (schizophrenia), and breast cancer.
RAFF, LIONEL MISCHA Regents Professor. B.S., 1956; M.S., 1957, Univ. of Oklahoma; Ph.D., 1962, Univ. of Illinois. Research Associate, 1962-63, Univ. of Illinois; NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, 1963-64, Columbia Univ. Theoretical studies of reaction dynamics and mechanisms; quantum mechanical energy level calculations; theoretical investigations of gas-solid interactions, gas-phase energy transfer, and reaction dynamics in the solid state.
ROCKLEY, MARK GRAHAM Professor. B.A., 1971, Hope Coll.; Ph.D., 1974, Univ. of Southampton. Postdoctoral Fellow, 1974-75, Washington State Univ. Design of FTIR Spectrometers for Passive Remote Sensing of Gases.
SHIRTCLIFF, LAURA D. Assistant Professor, B.S., 2001 University of
California at Santa Cruz, Ph.D., 2006 University of Oregon, 2006-2008
NSF-IRFP Postdoctoral Fellow, The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
(ETH-Zurich). Organic Chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, synthesis of
novel organic based materials, photo-induced charge transfer, synthesis and
structural characteristics of novel porphyrinophanes, novel photoswitchable
SLAUGHTER, LEGRANDE M. Assistant Professor. B.A., 1994, Drew University; Ph.D., 2000, Cornell University. Postdoctoral Fellow, 2000-2002, Stanford University. Synthetic inorganic and organometallic chemistry. Homogeneous catalysis of alkane activation and alkene polymerization. Mechanisms of catalytic reactions.
WEINERT, CHARLES SCOTT Assistant Professor, B.S., 1995, University of Michigan, M. S., 1997, University of Chicago, Ph. D., 2000, Northwestern University, 2001-04, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Purdue University, Inorganic and organometallic chemistry of the main group elements. Synthesis and characterization of novel group 2, group 14 and group 15 complexes with applications for the preparation of new electroluminescent and conductive materials.
WHITE, JEFFERY L. Associate Professor, B.Sc. Stephen F. Austin University
1987; Ph.D. Chemistry Texas A&M University 1992; Postdoctoral Fellow
1992-1994 Bell Laboratories; Assistant and Associate Professor 2000-2005
North Carolina State University. Physical Polymer Science, Amorphous Soft
Matter, Solid-State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Heterogeneous Catalysis,