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 Chemistry Faculty Members

Dr. Cevdet Akbay

Cevdet Akbay, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry, Chair
Analytical Chemistry
B.S., Inonu University, Turkey
M.S. & Ph.D., Louisiana State University
Office: Science and Technology Building (STB) 305C
Phone: (910) 672-1943

Research interestsSeparation of small and large molecules using capillary electrophoresis (CE) - micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC) 

Dr. Daniel Autrey

Daniel Autrey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry, Assistant Chair
Physical Chemistry
B.S., Southeast Missouri State University
Ph.D., Texas A & M University
Office: Science and Technology Building (STB) 305B
Phone: (910) 672-1354

Research interests: Biological Raman spectroscopy

Dr. Bidisha Bose-BasuBidisha Bose-Basu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
B.S. & M.S. University of Calcutta, India
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, IN
Office: Science and Technology Building (STB) 311
Phone: (910) 672-1052

Research interests: Carbohydrate and nucleic acid structure, and structural aspects of protein-DNA interaction.  Initiating new research on natural products

Dr. Jonathan Breitzer

Jonathan Breitzer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
B.A., Grinnell College
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Office: Science and Technology Building (STB) 310
Phone: (910) 672-1176

Research interests: Cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries; sulfur-rich molecules; synthesis of nanoscale materials; demonstrations for chemical education

Dr. Jairo Castillo-Chara

Jairo Castillo-Chara, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
B.S., Universidad del Valle, Cali-Colombia
M.S., University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez , PR
Ph.D., Texas A & M University, College Station, TX
Office: Science and Technology Building (STB) 313
Phone: (910) 672-2062

Research interests: Computational chemistry

Dr. Shubo Han

Shubo Han, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry
Analytical Chemistry
B.E., Hebei University of Science and Technology
M.S. & Ph.D., University of Science and Technology of China
Office: Lyons Science Annex Building (LSA) 334
Phone: (910) 672-1303

Research interests: Protein interactions in neurodegenerative diseases, nanomaterials, biosensors, electrochemistry

Dr. Hangguang LiHengguang Li, Ph.D.
Lecturrer/Core Facility Supervisor
Organic and Medical Chemistry
B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Sichuan University, Chengdu, China
Office: Science and Technology Building (STB) 307
Phone: 910-672-2651


Research Interests: Bioactive molecules including small molecules and macro compounds in application of medicine, pharmaceuticals, materials, agriculture, environment, and new energy. Particular interest is aptamer and aptbody.

Dr. Subir NagdasSubir Nagdas, Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry
B.S. & M.S., Calcutta University, Calcutta, India
Ph.D., Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India
Office: Lyons Science Annex Building (LSA) 336
Phone: (910) 672-2073


Research interests: Identification and characterization of acrosomal enzymes and acrosomal protein-protein interactions to elucidate their physiological roles in mammalian fertilization

Dr. Darren PearsonDarren Pearson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
B.S., Virgina Politechnic Institute and State University
Ph.D., University of South Carolina - Columbia
Office: Lyons Science Annex Building (LSA) 336
Phone: (910) 672-2073


Research interests: Synthesis, characterization, and application of conducting rigid rod organic oligomers for use in molecular rectifiers, transistors, and other electronic devices

Dr. Ali SiamakiAli Siamaki, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
B.S., Azad University, Iran
M.S., University of Calgary, Canada
Ph.D., McGill University, Canada
Office: Science and Technology Building (STB) 320
Phone: (910) 672-1619

Research interests: Heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis, metal nanoparticles synthesis and characterization, metal catalyzed reactions including cross coupling reactions, and Microwave and continuous flow reactions


Physics and Materials Science Faculty Members

Dr. Abdirahman Abokor

Abdirahman Abokor, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physics
B.S., Somali National University
Ph.D., Texas Tech University
Office: Science and Technology Building (STB) 321
Phone: (910) 672-1358

Research interests: Theoretical nuclear structure, particularly the hadron-quark hybrid model and the structure of light nuclei using wave functions derived from realistic potentials       

                             Bhoj Raj Gautam, Ph. D.  
Assistant Professor of Physical Science
B.S.  Tribhuvan University, Nepal
M.S.  Tribhuvan University, Nepal
Ph. D. University of Utah, UT
Office: Science and Technology Building (STB) 315
Phone: (910) 672-1653

Research Interests: Steady state and time resolved optical spectroscopy, charge and thermal transport in light harvesting materials, energy up-conversion in polymer and organic inorganic perovskites, polymer chemistry, material science and solid state physics.

Dr. Daryush IlaDaryush Ila, Ph.D.
Professor of Physics
Associate Vice Chencellor for Research
B.S., Physics - Tehran University
M.S., Nuclear Physics - M.I.T.
Ph.D., Condensed Matter Physics - U. Mass Lowell
Office: Lyons Science Annex Building (LSA) 320
Phone: (910) 672-2417

Research Interests
: Surface and interface processing at nanoscale; fundamental and applied ion matter interaction;thermoelectric properties nanoscale materials (regimented quantum dots); biomaterials and cell/matter interface studies.

Mr. Joseph KabbesMr. Joseph W. Kabbes, M.S.
Lecturer/Planetarium Manager
B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana
M.S., Astronomy, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia
Office: Science and Technology Building (STB) 312
Phone: (910) 672-2651


Research Interests: Astronomy education and public outreach activities; create educational programs and increase public knowledge of planetarium and observatory.

Dr. Zhiping LuoZhiping Luo, Ph.D.
Professor of Materials Science
SENCR-MIC Director
Materials Science and Engineering
B.E., Dalian Jiaotong University, China
M.S.E., Southwest Jiaotong University, China
Ph.D., Chinese Aeronautical Establishment
Office: Lyons Science Building 129
Phone: (910) 672-2647

Research interests: Fabrication of novel nanostructured materials with enhanced performance for energy-related applications; material structures through electron microscopy; material structure-property correlations.

Dr. John MattoxJohn Mattox, Ph.D.
Professor of Astronomy & Physics
B.S., University of Florida
Ph.D., Stanford University
Office: Science and Technology Building (STB) 319
Phone: (910) 672-1652


Research interests: astrophysics, sustainability, and physics education.

Dr. Alexander UmantsevAlex Umantsev, Ph.D.
Professor of Physics
B.S., Moscow Institute for Physics and Technology
M.S., Moscow Institute for Transportation and Engineering
Ph.D., National Research Lab for Metallurgy, Moscow
Office: Lyons Science Annex Building (LSA) 322
Phone: (910) 672-1449


Research interests: Condensed- and soft-matter physics, computational materials physics and biophysics; particularly processes of pattern formation, nonequilibrium thermodynamic and dynamics of interfaces, theoretical methods and computer simulations


Staff - Backbone of the Department

Ms. Fuller

Brenda Fuller

Administrative Associate
Science and Technology B. 305
Phone: (910) 672-2441

Ivy Rittenhouse

Ivy Rittenhouse

Research Operation Coordinator
Lyons Science B. 305
Science and Technology B. 440
Phone: (910) 672-1054

Grace Chavis

Grace Chavis, M.S.

Research Technician
Science and Technology B. 232A
Phone: (910) 672-1860

Andrea Bennett

Andrea N. Bennett, M.S.

Academic Advisor
Science and Technology B. 112
Phone: 910-672-2913

Emily Oshita

Emily Oshita

Instructional Support Coordinator
Science and Technology B. 314
Phone: 910-672-2544


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Adjunct Faculty Members

Professor Barnes

Professor Edward Barnes, M.S.
Physical Science

Dr. Khatun

Jainab Khatun, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Theoretical Physical Science
B.S., M.S.: University of Calcutta, India
Ph.D.:Jadavpur University, Calcutta-India

Research Interests: Bioinformatics, biostatistics, proteomics and genomics. Specific interest is to develope software for predictive modeling and to aid in data analysis processes. 

Dr. Silva

Ana Claudia Lemes da Silva, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Analytical Chemistry
B.S., M.S., Ph.D.: Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil

Research Interests: Chemical education: Development of experiments and other resources to facilitate the learning of chemical concepts. Analytical Chemistry: method development. Chromatography and separation methods. Solid phase micro extraction.

Dr. Sloan

Caroline Sloan, Ph.D.Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Chemistry EducationB.S., Concordia University
M.S., University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D., North Carolina State University
Office: Science and Technology Building (STB) 314
Phone: (910) 672-2487

Research interests: New assessment methods for chemistry students; student-centered active learning environment with flipped learning/teaching methdos

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