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CHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT FACULTY and STAFF

Thurston Banks

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TBanks@tntech.edu

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Jeffrey Boles

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Chairperson

Chemistry
JBoles@tntech.edu
Foster Hall (FOST) 221
Box 5055
931-372-3421

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Ph.D. University of South Carolina (Chemistry/Biochemistry)
Dr. Boles research is very cross-disciplinary but always involves either analytical biochemistry or fundamental biochemistry whether it be a project in Proteomics (including Environmental Proteomics), Forensics, Protein Chemistry or Structural Biochemistry. Dr. Boles founded the Proteomics working group at TTU in 2008 with funding provided by the National Science Foundation. Proteomics projects have included studies of the effects of the antibacterial compound triclosan on algae, the effect of gold nanoparticles on ciliates and the impact of selenomethionine and telluromethionine on E. coli.

Andrew Callender

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Assistant Professor

Chemistry
ACallender@tntech.edu
Foster Hall (FOST) 410
Box 5055
931-372-6273
http://iweb.tntech.edu/acallender

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Ph.D., 2006, University of Michigan
Research: Analytical chemistry and spectroscopy, particularly for detection of new materials and emerging pollutants in the environment; low-cost analytical devices for the developing world.

Ann Marie Carrick

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Instructor

Chemistry
acarrick@tntech.edu
Foster Hall (FOST) 205
Box 5055
931-372-3426

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M.S. Biochemistry, Indiana University, Bloomington
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Jesse Carrick

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Associate Professor

Chemistry
jcarrick@tntech.edu
Foster Hall (FOST) 318
Box 5055
931-372-6199

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Ph.D. University of Alabama
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Research in the Carrick group is focused in four distinct, but complementary student-training areas: 1) Synthesis of novel complexants for minor actinide separations, 2) Total synthesis of biologically significant natural products, 3) Development of methods for the construction of functionalized synthons, and 4) Medicinal chemistry of clinically relevant scaffolds.

Amanda Carroll

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Lecturer

Chemistry
acarroll@tntech.edu
Foster Hall (FOST) 323
Box 5055
931-372-6324

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Ph.D. Environmental Sciences-Chemistry; Tennessee Technological University, May 2012
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William Carroll

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Assistant Professor

Chemistry
wcarroll@tntech.edu
Foster Hall (FOST) 107
Box 5055
931-372-6094

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Derek Cashman

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Lecturer

Chemistry
dcashman@tntech.edu
Foster Hall (FOST) 412
Box 5055
931-372-6399
http://www.cae.tntech.edu/~dcashman/

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Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University; B.S., Old Dominion University
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Areas of expertise include: Biochemistry, Computational, Medicinal, Organic, and Physical Chemistry.

Andreea Cojocaru

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Instructor

Chemistry
OCojocaru@tntech.edu
Foster Hall (FOST) 412
Box 5055
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2011 PhD, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa AL
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Research interests:
(a) Applying the ionic liquids strategy to bio-renewable materials and utilizing the new materials for different applications such as pharmaceutical (e.g., drug delivery systems for active pharmaceutical ingredients) and environmental applications (e.g., removal of heavy metals from the environment);
(b) Synthesis, development, and study of new forms of active pharmaceutical ingredients in ionic liquid form that will overcome the disadvantages associated with the solid phase, along with developing new improved delivery systems.

Janet Coonce

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Instructor

Chemistry
JCoonce@tntech.edu
Foster Hall (FOST) 208
Box 5055
931-372-6521
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M.S. Organic Chemistry, Emory University
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My educational research interests are in the development of games, animations, activities, and resources for introductory chemistry students.

David Crouse

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Associate Professor

Chemistry
DCrouse@tntech.edu
Foster Hall (FOST) 313
Box 5055
931-372-3515
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Dale Ensor

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Emeritus Professor

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DEnsor@tntech.edu
Foster Hall (FOST) 127
Box 5055
931-372-3493

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Robert Glinski

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Professor

Chemistry
RGlinski@tntech.edu
Foster Hall (FOST) 302
Box 5055
931-372-3420

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B.S., Chemistry, 1978, University of Wisconsin at Madison; Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, 1983, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; Visiting Fellow, 1984, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science, University of Colorado, Boulder; Postdoctoral Fellow, 1985-86, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder,Colorado. National Research Council Senior Research Associate, 1994-96, NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland.
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Interests include: Molecular emission spectroscopy, astronomical spectroscopy, astrochemistry, dynamics of molecules in astrophysical environments--comets and interstellar media.

Wilson Gichuhi

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Assistant Professor

Chemistry
wgichuhi@tntech.edu
Foster Hall (FOST) 303
Box 5055
931-372-3499

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Assistant Professor, Physical Chemistry

Tammie Hanchey

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Academic Support Associate 1

Chemistry
thanchey@tntech.edu
Foster Hall (FOST) 322
Box 5055
931-372-6168

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Cory Hawkins

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Assistant Professor

Chemistry
cahawkins@tntech.edu
Foster Hall (FOST) 127
Box 5055
931-372-6819

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Radiation Safety Officer, Chemistry Student Research Grant Committee

B.S., Southern Oregon University, 2000; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2012; Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, Irvine, 2013-15
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Currently, research in the Hawkins Group explores the structures and underlying equilibrium chemistry involved in metal ion separations. Our emphasis is on the solution chemistry of metal ions (e.g., f-elements and fission products), their interactions with molecular ligands, as well as ligand-solvent interactions that affect the kinetics and thermodynamics in chemical separations. By interrogating the complexation and phase partitioning of metal ions in terms of (i) host-guest chemistry, (ii) solvation effects, (iii) ion-exchange processes, and (iv) higher-order structures, using a variety of spectroscopic, scattering and electrochemical techniques, we intend to develop a detailed picture of systems employing traditional or novel metal ion ligands in both molecular and ionic liquid solvents. In particular, our research is inspired by a number of questions, among these are

  • What is the equilibrium coordination environment of a given metal ion-ligand complex in solution?
  • How does this (do these) structure(s) arise from the kinetics of complexation?
  • How does aqueous metal ion chemistry and the coordination environment(s), including the inner and outer spheres, affect metal ion transport mechanisms from one immiscible phase to another?
  • How do metal ion-ligand complex structures/charges change with the structure of the solvent, especially from molecular solvents to ionic liquid solvents?
  • How are those mechanisms involved in the formation of aggregate structures in liquid-liquid extraction systems?
  • What is the role of water/acid (if any) in the transport and structure of the solvent extracted metal ion-ligand complex, as well as, in any aggregate structures?
The inspiration for our research is derived from a variety of applications, including advanced nuclear fuel cycle research and development, and radiochemical analysis. From these studies, significant improvements in general extraction process control and sample analysis are envisioned. Our motivation is to facilitate the development of more effective ways to remediate used nuclear fuel and low-level waste, as well as to enable higher-throughput techniques for the determination of certain metal ions in samples ranging from environmental to biological in their origin. 

Xiaohua Jiang

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Associate Professor

Chemistry
xjiang@tntech.edu
Foster Hall (FOST) 221
Box 5055
931-372-3184

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Ph.D Vanderbilt University
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Edward Lisic

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Professor

Chemistry
EdLisic@tntech.edu
Foster Hall (FOST) 224
Box 5055
931-372-3425

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Twanelle Majors

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Instructor

Chemistry
TMajors@tntech.edu

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Honors Faculty: Introduction to Honors

Ph.D., Tennessee Technological University (Exceptional Learning STEM), Ed.S. & M.S., Tennessee Technological University (Secondary Science Curriculum & Instruction), B.S. University of Tennessee Chattanooga (Pre-Medicine: Biology)
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Foster Hall 412A (931)372-6399

Jonathan Moldenhauer

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Instructor

Chemistry
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PhD in Chemistry; University of Arkansas 2017 ACS Certified BS in Chemistry; Valparaiso University 2012
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Gene Mullins

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Coordinator

Chemistry
GMullins@tntech.edu
Foster Hall (FOST) 324
Box 5055
931-372-3536
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B.S., M.S. Chemistry Tenn. Tech. Univ.
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Tina Norman

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Administrative Associate 3

Chemistry
tcnorman@tntech.edu
Foster Hall (FOST) 219
Box 5055
931-372-3184

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Bachelor of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies, Tennessee Tech University
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Lisa Norsworthy

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Administrative Associate 2

Chemistry
lnorsworthy@tntech.edu
Foster Hall (FOST) 219
Box 5055
931-372-3957

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BS Marketing, Tennessee Tech
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Scott Northrup

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Adjunct Faculty

Chemistry
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Ph.D. University of Colorado, Boulder, 1979
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Areas of Specialization: Physical Chemistry - i) Diffusion-controlled reactions in solution, ii) Barrier-crossing processes; Biophysical Chemistry - i) Computer simulation of atomic motion in biomolecules, ii) Brownian dynamics of diffusion-reaction of macromolecules, iii) Biological long-range electron transfer, iv) protein-protein interactions.

Chad Rezsnyak

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Assistant Professor

Chemistry
crezsnyak@tntech.edu
Foster Hall (FOST) 405
Box 5055
931-372-6282

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Ph.D. University at Buffalo (Inorganic chemistry); B.S. SUNY Cortland (Chemistry)
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Lecture and laboratory coordinator for CHEM 1110 & 1120: General Chemistry for STEM majors.

Kathryn Rust

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Instructor

Chemistry
KRust@tntech.edu
Foster Hall (FOST) 316
Box 5055
931-372-3423

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Daniel Swartling

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Associate Professor

Chemistry
DSwart@tntech.edu
Foster Hall (FOST) 404
Box 5055
931-372-3431
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Faculty Advisor, Student Members of the American Chemical Society. Faculty Advisor, Tennessee Tech Quidditch Club. Director, The Swartling Green & Sustainable Chemistry Group. Director, The Institute for Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Experimental Studies.

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Thomas Turner

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Advisor

Advisement Services
TLTurner@tntech.edu
Foster Hall (FOST) 321
Box 5193
931-372-6326

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M.A. Higher Education Administration-2007, M.S. Geography-1999 (Both at Minnesota State University)
College success Instructor. Over 15 years of advising experience. I have lived in Belgium, Netherlands, England, Greece (where the picture was taken at an outdoor cafe) and France. I served in the US Air Force as an Information Intelligence Officer, and hiked Mt. Vesuvius three times!

Martha Wells

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Tao Yu

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Assistant Professor

Chemistry
tyu@tntech.edu
Foster Hall (FOST) 405
Box 5055
931-372-3473
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PhD: University of Minnesota at Twin Cities, advisor: Donald G. Truhlar Postdoc: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign working with Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, Northwestern University working with George C. Schatz;
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Theoretical/Computational Chemistry; Biophysics and Biochemistry; Catalysis; Self-assembly of soft matter materials; Develop computational method to address energy and environment related issues

Xuanzhi Zhan

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Assistant Professor

Chemistry
XZhan@tntech.edu
Foster Hall (FOST) 303
Box 5055
931-372-3427

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Ph. D. Auburn University 2008
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I am interested in understanding the mechanisms of arrestin-mediated signaling. My group will place a strong emphasis on reconstructing the interested pathways with purified proteins. A combination of biochemical, biophysical and bioanalytical approaches will be employed to explore the dynamic movements, post-translational modifications, and protein-protein interactions in these signaling pathways. Particularly, we are focusing on two research areas: (1) the molecular mechanisms of Mitogen activated kinase kinase kinase (MAP3K) activation; (2) the regulation of arrestin in MAP Kinase cascades.

Hong Zhang

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Professor

Chemistry
HZhang@tntech.edu
Foster Hall (FOST) 221
Box 5055
931-372-6325
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Ph.D. University of Vermont 1998
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Environmental/Analytical Chemistry