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.

Safety Sheet for Research Laboratories



David Brook

Organic Chemistry

SCI 166
(408) 924-4994
Brook Research Group Page

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


Lionel Cheruzel

Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry

DH 286
(408) 924-5283
Cheruzel Research Group Page

Development of hybrid P450 enzymes, photocatalytic chemistry, development of microspherical polymers.


Philip Dirlam

Assistant Professor
Organic Chemistry

M.S. Polymers and Coating Science, Cal Poly, 2011
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Arizona, 2016

DH 516
(408) 924-4998


Daryl Eggers


DH 604
(408) 924-4960
Eggers Research Group Page

Effects of crowding and solvation on protein folding, CD spectroscopy, biocalorimetry, microscale thermophoresis.


Nicholas Esker

Assistant Professor
Nuclear Chemistry, Physical Chemistry

B.A. Liberal Arts & Sciences, Florida Atlantic University, 2010
Ph.D. Chemistry, UC Berkeley, 2016

DH 501
(408) 924-4950 

Nuclear reaction and decay spectroscopy in isotopes far from stability, superheavy element synthesis, thin film preparations for nuclear targetry, nuclear & radiochemistry

Gianmarc Grazioli

Gianmarc Grazioli

Assistant Professor

Computational Chemistry 


Molecular dynamics simulations, coarse-grained modeling, cheminformatics, conformational dynamics of macromolecules, self-assembly, network modeling, signal processing, and artificial intelligence


Resa Kelly

Chemical Education

DH 418
(408) 924-4940
Kelly Research Group Page

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


Brooke Lustig

Adjunct Professor
Biomedical, Chemical, and Materials Engineering
Computational Biochemistry

DH 417
(408) 924-4968
Lustig Research Group Page

Computation and theoretical methods to characterize entropy and related effects in proteins and RNA, design of potential anti-HIV agents.


Laura Miller Conrad

Assistant Professor
Chemical Biology, Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry

DH 608
(408) 924-4957
Miller Conrad Research Group Page

Quorum sensing, blocking of virulence factors.


Gilles Muller

Inorganic Chemistry and Chemical Biology

DH 412A
(408) 924-2632
Muller Research Group Page

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


Roy Okuda

Organic Chemistry

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

Marine natural products, and enzyme applications.


Joseph Pesek

Emeritus Faculty
Analytical Chemistry

DH 518
(408) 924-5000
Pesek Research Group Page

Chemical modification of surfaces, separation methods.


Madalyn Radlauer

Assistant Professor
Organometallic, Inorganic, and Polymer Chemistry

DH 517
(408) 924-5482
Radlauer Reasearch Group Page

Studying catalysis within macromolecular environments by appending transition metal catalysts to organic polymers.


Alberto A. Rascón, Jr.

Associate Professor

DH 612
(408) 924-4969
Rascón, Jr. Reasearch Group Page

Expression, characterization, and inhibition of mosquito proteases.

Chester Simocko 

Chester Simocko

Assistant Professor
Organic and Polymer Chemistry

DH 001
(408) 924-5496
Simocko Reasearch Group Page



Bradley Stone

Professor Emeritus
Chemical Physics

DH 417
(408) 924-4938
Stone Research Group Page

Chemical physics, molecular spectroscopy, laser-induced fluorescence, and molecular astrophysics; detection of complex organic molecules in the interstellar medium.


Roger Terrill

Associate Professor
Analytical Chemistry and Electrochemistry

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

Surface, interfacial, and thin film chemistry.


Annalise Van Wyngarden

Associate Professor
Physical and Atmospheric Chemistry

DH 002
(408) 924-5282
Van Wyngarden Research Group Page

Formation and optical properties of organic coatings on atmospheric aerosols, chemical transformations and photochemistry in aerosols.


Ningkun Wang

Assistant Professor
Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

DH 607
(408) 924-4955
Wang Research Group Page

Protein conformational dynamics, protein-protein interactions, enzyme specificty. 

Abraham Wolcott 

Abraham Wolcott

Assistant Professor
Physical Chemistry

DH 005A
(408) 924-5449
Wolcott Research Group Page

Application of nanotechnology and nanodiamonds in neurobiology.