Research Groups

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New knowledge in chemistry is produced systematically through research. Chemical research is at the core of all Ph.D. programs in chemistry as well as most research and development (R&D) divisions in high technology companies developing products ranging from pharmaceuticals to consumer electronics. Participation in research not only prepares students for these activities, but is also one of the best ways to learn advanced problem solving skills. For these reasons, research is central to our department's mission and many of our faculty have assembled a team of undergraduate and graduate students to actively engaged in the pursuit of new knowledge.

This page contains some basic information about the research interests of our faculty. Several faculty also have research group pages that give more detailed information. If you are interested in exploring the possibility of participating in some of the exciting research projects in our department, the first step is to contact the faculty member(s) with whom you are considering working and inquire about the availability of opportunities. Most faculty prefer to be contacted by e-mail.

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Juana Acrivos

Juana Acrivos

Professor Emerita
Materials Chemistry

DH 17
(408) 924-4972
Acrivos Group Page

Determining how the 2D structure is related to superconductivity in layer compounds and how the intercalation of donors and/or acceptors into the lattice change the transition temperature to superconductivity, Tc.

David Brook

David Brook

Organic and Inorganic Chemistry

SCI 166
(408) 924-4994
Brook Group Page

Synthesis and coordination chemistry of stable free radicals, magnetochemistry, self assembly and supramolecular chemistry, molecular devices.

Dr. Lionel Cheruzel

Lionel Cheruzel

Associate Professor
Bioinorganic and Inorganic Chemistry and Biochemistry

DH 281
(408) 924-5283
Cheruzel Group Page

Development of hybrid enzymes as bioctalysts for hydroxylation of organic substrates using light and water. Molecular imprinted polymers.

 Elaine Collins

Elaine Collins

Professor and Associate Dean
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research Page

Vitamin D endocrinology, protein expression and purification, RNA viruses.

Marc d'Alarcao

Marc d'Alarcao

Chemical Biology, Organic Chemistry, and Biochemistry

DH 607
(408) 924-4962
d'Alarcao Group Page

Synthesis and biological evaluation of carbohydrates. Medicinal chemistry.

Dr. Daryl Eggers

Daryl Eggers

Biochemistry and Biophysical Chemistry

DH 604
(408) 924-4960
Eggers Group Page

Crowding and hydration effects on macromolecular structure.

Dr. Resa Kelly

Resa Kelly

Associate Professor
Chemical Education

DH 418
(408) 924-4940
Kelly Group Page

How animations of microscopic chemistry concepts affect student learning and influence the correction adn and creation of misconceptions.

Dr. Brooke Lustig

Brooke Lustig

Adjunct Professor
Adjunct Professor in Biomedical, Chemical, and Materials Engineering
Computational Biochemistry

DH 417
(408) 924-4968

Computational/theoretical methods to characterize entropy and related effects in proteins and RNA; drug design that includes potential anti-HIV agents.


Laura Miller Conrad

Assistant Professor
Chemical Biology, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry

DH 608
(408) 924-4957

Synthesis and investigation of anti-quorum sensing and anti-virulence compounds in bacteria.

Dr. Gilles Muller

Gilles Muller

Associate Dean of Research, Office of Research
Inorganic Chemistry and Chemical Biology 

IRC 212
(408) 924-2632
Muller Group Page
Lanthanides, complexes, circularly polarized luminescence, chirality, thermodynamics, and spectroscopy.

Dr. Roy Okuda

Roy Okuda

Organic Chemistry

DH 009A
(408) 924-2525
Research Group Page

Bio-organic chemistry of enzymes, marine natural products.

Dr. Joseph Pesek

Joseph Pesek

Analytical Chemistry

DH 501
(408) 924-4950
Pesek Group Page

Chemical modification of surfaces, separation methods.

Alberto Rascon 

Alberto A. Rascón, Jr.

Assistant Professor

DH 612
(408) 924-4969

Biochemistry, Bacterial Protein Expression, Protein/Enzyme Purification and Isolation Techniques, Mosquito Midgut Proteases, Proteolytic Enzymes, Inhibitors, and Enzyme Kinetics.

Herbert Silber

Herbert Silber

Inorganic Chemistry and Nuclear Science

DH 517 
(408) 924-4954
Research Group Page

Actinides, lanthanides, kinetics, thermodynamics, and chemical education.

Karen Singmaster

Karen Singmaster

Professor and Chair 
Physical Chemistry

DH 016
(408) 924-4980

Photochemical reactions in cryogenic matrices and on surfaces.

Dr. Bradley Stone

Bradley Stone

Chemical Physics

DH 412A
(408) 924-4938
Research Group Page

Chemical physics, molecular spectroscopy, laser-induced fluorescence, and molecular astrophysics. Detection of complex organic molecules in the interstellar medium. Computational studies of fluid flow in microfluidic channels. Experimental simulations of aerosol formation in planetary atmospheres.

Dr. Daniel Straus

Daniel A. Straus

Organic and Organometallic Chemistry

SCI 141
(408) 924-4998
Straus Group Page

Synthesis and reactivity of organotransition metal complexes.

Dr. Roger Terrill

Roger H. Terrill

Associate Professor
Analytical Chemistry and Electrochemistry

DH 004B
(408) 924-4970
Terrill Group Page

Surface, interfacial, and thin film chemistry

Annalise Van Wyngarden

Annalise Van Wyngarden

Assistant Professor
Physical and Atmospheric Chemistry

DH 012
(408) 924-5282
Research Group Page

Physical chemistry and analytical chemistry are used to determine the climate effects of atmospheric particles - specifically optical properties and cloud forming properties.