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Graduate Studies in Chemistry - Graduate Faculty Research Interests

Our Graduate Faculty have diverse interests spanning the traditional areas of organic, inorganic, analytical and physical chemistry, and contribute to multidisciplinary programs in Nanotechnology, Materials, Chemical Education, Sustainable Materials and Alternative Energy, and Biological and Environmental Chemistry.

François G. Amar, Ph.D. (Chicago, 1979), Professor and Dean of the Honors College. Physical chemistry: computer simulation of reaction dynamics in molecular, ionic, and metallic clusters; theory of photoelectron spectra of clusters; gas-surface dynamics; optical and elastic properties of microspheres. Chemical education research: active learning strategies for large classes and laboratories; improving teaching of spectroscopic principles. Member of the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (The Maine RiSE Center).

Matthew Brichacek, Ph.D. (Cornell University, 2010), Assistant Professor: Organic Chemistry Synthetic organic chemistry to better understand complex biological phenomena. Existing and new synthetic methodologies of biomolecules of interest. Biological processes and diseases at the molecular level leading to discovery of new, efficacious therapeutic treatments.

Alice E. Bruce, Ph.D. (Columbia Univ., 1985), Associate Professor. Inorganic, organometallic and bioinorganic chemistry; synthesis, structure and reactivity of gold(I) clusters; thiolate-disulfide exchange; detection of environmental mercury(II) using nanostructured supports.

Mitchell R. M. Bruce, Ph.D. (Columbia Univ., 1985), Associate Professor. Inorganic, bioinorganic, and organometallic chemistry involving synthesis and reaction mechanisms; zinc and gold mediated thiol-disulfide exchange; metal-protein chemistry; electrochemical redox processes; calculations; reactivity of mercury and late transition metals; active learning strategies in class and laboratory. Member of the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (The Maine RiSE Center).

Barbara J. W. Cole, Ph.D. (Washington, 1986), Professor and Chair, Cooperating Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Cooperating Professor of Forest Resources, Member of FBRI (Forest Bioproducts Research Institute). Chemistry of sustainable materials including wood and paper, carbohydrates, lignin, and biologically active plant extracts; high-value bioproducts.

Scott D. Collins, Ph.D. (Brigham Young Univ., 1980), Professor and Member, LASST (Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology), Cooperating Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cooperating Professor of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences, Co-Director MicroInstruments and Systems Laboratory (MISL), Co-Director Institute for Molecular Biophysics (IMB). Micro and Nano Fabrication, surface probe and electron microscopy, electrochemistry of semiconductors, BioMEMS, fractal phase transitions, nanoscience.

Raymond C. Fort, Jr., Ph.D. (Princeton, 1964), Professor. Computational organic and biochemistry; sustainable materials chemistry.

Brian G. Frederick, Ph.D. (Cornell, 1991), Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator. Member of LASST (Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology). Physical chemistry, surface science and catalysis. Biofuels, thermochemical catalyst development, materials characterization, reaction mechanisms, spectroscopy, quantum mechanical modeling.

William M. Gramlich, Ph.D. (University of Minnesota, 2012), Assistant Professor. Synthesis and characterization of sustainable, reactive, and functionalized polymers for block copolymer phase separation, photopatterning reactions, hydrogel synthesis, and hierarchical patterned surfaces of sustainable materials. Study of nanostructured polymer coated surfaces to modify adhesion, wetting, cell behavior, and biofouling.

Howard H. Patterson, Ph.D. (Brandeis,1968), Professor. Physical/ inorganic and analytical/environmental chemistry. Nanosystems of silver(I) ,  gold(I) and mixed metal systems showing optical memory, clustering behavior, and energy transfer.  Development of chemical sensors for early warning detection of harmful pollutants in natural waters. Photocatalysis using metal doped zeolites for pollutant decomposition in natural waters. The theme of the research is utilization of luminescence spectroscopy for new applications in science.

Jayendran C. Rasaiah, Ph.D. (Pittsburgh, 1965).  Professor.  Theoretical and computer simulations studies of the structure and dynamics of liquids, ionic solutions, and polar fluids. Dynamics of electron transfer reactions, and proton transfer in water wires, pores and channels. Water structure and flow in carbon nanotubes and confined systems.

Carl P. Tripp, Ph.D. (University of Ottawa, 1988), Professor and Member, LASST (Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology). Surface chemistry of materials, infrared and Raman spectroscopy chemical sensors, biosensors, sol-gel synthesis of metal oxides, polyelectrolyte/surfactant adsorption on surfaces, silane reactions on metal oxides, molecular studies of paper coatings, supercritical fluids.

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