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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David Brook

Professor
Organic and Inorganic Chemistry

SCI 166
(408) 924-4994
david.brook@sjsu.edu
Brook Group Page

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

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Lionel Cheruzel

Associate Professor
Bioinorganic and Inorganic Chemistry and Biochemistry

DH 281
(408) 924-5283
lionel.cheruzel@sjsu.edu
Cheruzel Group Page

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

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Marc d'Alarcao

Professor
Chemical Biology, Organic Chemistry, and Biochemistry

DH 282 
(408) 924-4962
marc.dalarcao@sjsu.edu
d'Alarcao Group Page

Synthesis and biological evaluation of carbohydrates. Medicinal chemistry.

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Daryl Eggers

Professor
Biochemistry and Biophysical Chemistry

DH 604
(408) 924-4960
daryl.eggers@sjsu.edu
Eggers Group Page

Crowding and hydration effects on macromolecular structure.

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Resa Kelly

Professor
Chemical Education

DH 418
(408) 924-4940
resa.kelly@sjsu.edu
Kelly Group Page

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

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Brooke Lustig

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

DH 417
(408) 924-4968
brooke.lustig@sjsu.edu

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

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Laura Miller Conrad

Assistant Professor
Chemical Biology, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry

DH 608
(408) 924-4957
laura.miller.conrad@sjsu.edu
Miller Conrad Group Page

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

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Gilles Muller

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

IRC 212
(408) 924-2632
gilles.muller@sjsu.edu
Muller Group Page

Lanthanides, complexes, circularly polarized luminescence, chirality, thermodynamics, and spectroscopy.

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Roy Okuda

Professor
Organic Chemistry

DH 009A
(408) 924-2525
roy.okuda@sjsu.edu
Okuda Group Page

Bio-organic chemistry of enzymes, marine natural products.

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Joseph Pesek

Professor
Analytical Chemistry

DH 501
(408) 924-4950
joseph.pesek@sjsu.edu
Pesek Group Page

Chemical modification of surfaces, separation methods.

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Alberto A. Rascón, Jr.

Assistant Professor
Biochemistry

DH 612
(408) 924-4969
alberto.rascon@sjsu.edu
Rascón, Jr. Group Page

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

Chester Simocko 

Chester K. Simocko

Assistant Professor
Organic Chemistry

DH 001
(408) 924-4969
chester.simocko@sjsu.edu
Simocko Group Page

Synthesis of precise homopolymers and block copolymers via acyclic diene metathesis (ADMET) and alternating diene metathesis, characterization of mixed polymer brushesm polymer self-assembly, and polymer phase behavior and morphology.

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Bradley Stone

Professor 
Chemical Physics

DH 412A
(408) 924-4938
bradley.stone@sjsu.edu
Stone 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.

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Roger H. Terrill

Associate Professor
Analytical Chemistry and Electrochemistry

DH 004B
(408) 924-4970
roger.terrill@sjsu.edu
Terrill Group Page

Surface, interfacial, and thin film chemistry

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Annalise Van Wyngarden

Associate Professor
Physical and Atmospheric Chemistry

DH 002
(408) 924-5282
annalise.vanwyngarden@sjsu.edu
Van Wyngarden Group Page

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

Abraham Wolcott 

Abraham Wolcott

Assistant Professor
Physical Chemistry

DH 005A
(408) 924-5449
abraham.wolcott@sjsu.edu
Wolcott Group Page