Faculty

The members of our faculty are accomplished teacher-scholars who maintain exciting research programs in the myriad arenas that comprise the modern chemical sciences. Read below for an overview of research interests in our department. View a faculty member's full profile for more information, including education, publications and links to research project websites.

 

Richard Baldwin

Richard P. Baldwin

(502) 852-5892
rick.baldwin@louisville.edu
Research Interests: Electroanalytical Chemistry, Electrochemical Instrumentation for HPLC and Capillary Electrophoresis Detection, Chemically Modified Electrodes and Other Novel Electrode Materials, Electrophoresis-Based Assay for Biologically Important Compounds, Preparative-Scale Applications of Chemically Modified Electrodes.

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Robert M. Buchanan

Robert M. Buchanan

(502) 852-6580
bob.buchanan@louisville.edu
Research Interests: Synthesis, structure, and magnetic properties of inorganic and bioinorganic compounds; active site models of mu.-oxo iron proteins; polynuclear manganese complexes as models of PSII and pseudocatalase proteins; mixed valence complexes; C-H bond function; conducting polymers; phthalocyanine complexes, electrocatalysis.

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Danielle B. Franco

Danielle B. Franco

(502) 852-7229
dbfran01@louisville.edu
Research Interests: Application of analytical chemistry in environmental analysis

 

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Craig A. Grapperhaus

Craig A. Grapperhaus

(502) 852-5932
grapperhaus@louisville.edu
Research Interests: Research in the Grapperhaus Group focuses on the inorganic and bioinorganic chemistry of transition metal-thiolates.

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Gerald B. (GB) Hammond

Gerald B. (GB) Hammond

(502) 852-5998
gb.hammond@louisville.edu
Research Interests: The Hammond group is interested in organic synthetic methods development, including catalysis, organofluorine chemistry, and green chemistry. In collaboration with other groups we are engaged in drug discovery and the study of Peruvian medicinal plants.

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Sachin Handa

Sachin Handa

(502) 852-5977
s0hand02@louisville.edu

Research Interests: Sustainable nano-catalysis and material chemistry, Ligand design for asymmetric catalysis, Medicinal chemistry.

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Lenore K. Hoyt

Lenore K. Hoyt

(502) 852-2997
lenore.hoyt@louisville.edu
Research Interests: Organometallic Synthesis

 

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Pawel M. Kozlowski

Pawel M. Kozlowski

(502) 852-6609
pawel@louisville.edu
Research Interests: The Kozlowski Group is mainly concerned with the application of quantum mechanical principles to problems in molecular structure, dynamics and spectroscopy and with work on quantum-mechanical methods to improve their reliability and physical credibility. The general aim is to obtain a correct quantitative description for important physical and chemical properties of molecules. Our research interest is focused on the application of computational chemistry to solve problems of a bioinorganic nature.

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Ying Li

Ying Li

(502) 852-6798
ying.li.1@louisville.edu
Research Interests: Our research focuses on the characterization of dynamic properties of proteins in the context of protein-protein interactions in order to understand how these properties are related to protein function. Specifically, we are interested in a group of enzymes that catalyze the detachment of ubiquitin chains from substrate proteins.

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Jinjun Liu

Jinjun Liu

(502) 852-1223

Research Interests: Research in the Liu Group consists of spectroscopic studies on gas-phase molecules and condensed-phase materials in both frequency domain (using high-resolution laser systems) and time domain (using ultrafast laser systems). Our high-resolution studies center on the spectroscopic detection and characterization of reactive chemical intermediates, e.g., free radicals and molecules in excited electronic states.

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Frederick A. Luzzio

Frederick A. Luzzio

(502) 852-7323
faluzz01@louisville.edu
Research Interests: The long term goals of our research are focused at the interface of chemistry and biology. We are interested in solving problems in biomedicine using the techniques and application of synthetic organic, medicinal and natural products chemistry.

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Muriel C. Maurer

Muriel C. Maurer

(502) 852-7008

Research Interests: Research in the Maurer Group focuses on protein chemistry and protein structure-function relationships. We are particularly interested in enzymes involved in blood coagulation and related processes.

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Eugene G. Mueller

Eugene G. Mueller

(502) 852-5811
eugene.mueller@louisville.edu
Research Interests: Enzymology, tRNA Modification, Sulfur Transfer, Bioorganic Mechanism

 

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Michael H. Nantz

Michael H. Nantz

(502) 852-8069
michael.nantz@louisville.edu
Research Interests: Synthetic organic chemistry, magnetic nanoparticles for small molecule delivery applications, aminooxy chemistry

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Mark E. Noble

Mark E. Noble

(502) 852-7296
menoble@louisville.edu
Research Interests: Metal-sulfur compounds play numerous roles in vastly important biological and industrial processes. Biological systems, from bacteria through humans, use a variety of metal-sulfur complexes in a range of proteins and enzymes. The list grows longer on a yearly basis as more and more metallosulfur bioprocesses are characterized. By far the most important of these is biological nitrogen fixation; this is the second most important agricultural process on Earth, and most life on Earth is dependent on this process.

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Aleeta M. Powe

Aleeta M. Powe

(502) 852-5969
ampowe09@louisville.edu
Research Interests: Analytical Chemistry


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Farshid Ramezanipour

Farshid Ramezanipour

(502) 852-7061
farshid.ramezanipour@louisville.edu
Research Interests: 

Inorganic Solid-State Chemistry

Materials Chemistry

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Christine V. Rich

Christine V. Rich

(502) 852-7814
cvrich01@louisville.edu
Research Interests: Our research in STEM education investigates models of job-embedded professional development for science and mathematics educators at the K-5 level.

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Natali B. Richter

Natali B. Richter

(502) 852-2733
natali.richter@louisville.edu
Research Interests: Organic Chemistry

 

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Lee Thompson

Lee Thompson

(502) 852-0730
lee.thompson.1@louisville.edu
Research Interests: Our work drives at understanding and developing materials for application to current and future energy systems, including heterogeneous catalysts and photoactive materials. Simulation is vital for understanding properties and mechanisms to enable rational design of chemical systems. However, the properties that make for promising materials also render those systems difficult to study through simulation. Our research aims to develop quantum chemistry methodologies that better enable materials for energy applications to be studied and understood.

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Richard J. Wittebort

Richard J. Wittebort

(502) 852-6613
rjwitt01@louisville.edu
Research Interests: The research in my laboratory is concerned with experimental studies of molecular dynamics in the solid state. This area is now recognized to have substantial importance in a variety of areas ranging from the structure and activity of proteins to electron exchange and even the basic properties of ice. As such, our experimental efforts, supported by the biophysics division of the National Science Foundation, find us delving into such diverse endeavors as the preparation of crystalline proteins and transition metal clusters.

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M.Cecilia Yappert

M.Cecilia Yappert

(502) 852-5976
mcyappert@louisville.edu
Research Interests: One of our research themes is the development and application of spectrochemical analytical approaches for the selective determination and quantitation of species in complex matrices, particularly those of biological interest.

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Francis P. Zamborini

Francis P. Zamborini

(502) 852-6550
f.zamborini@louisville.edu
Research Interests:

We are interested in the synthesis, characterization, electrochemistry, and optical properties of individual or assemblies of metallic nanostructures and their applications in sensing, catalysis, and energy.

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Xiang Zhang

Xiang Zhang

(502) 852-8878
xiang.zhang@louisville.edu
Research Interests: We are interested in multidisciplinary life sciences research. Our expectation is that the chemistry of biomolecules in living systems can define disease mechanisms. We would like to tell the biological story revealed by these molecules with advanced bioinformatics methodologies and modern analytical techniques.

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