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Faculty

Department of Chemistry

Faculty in Drexel's Department of Chemistry conduct pioneering work in research areas that include: analytical, atmospheric, inorganic, materials, organic, physical, theoretical and computational chemistry, as well as concentrations in chemical biology and chemical education. Their collective research activity has earned the support of federal agencies, such as the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in addition to funding from many private foundations.

Our dedicated faculty mentors strive to build a community of scholars —postdoctoral fellows, graduate, and undergraduate students— that is large enough to offer a range of stimulating experiences within the field of chemistry yet small enough to provide each student with individualized attention to fit their interests.

Meet Our Faculty Emeriti


Faculty Member

Departments & Centers

Research & Scholarship


Associate Professor
Disque Hall 506
ya426@drexel.edu
Department
  • Department of Chemistry
Research & Teaching Interests

Chemical Biology; Cysteine Proteomics; Redox Signaling; Glutathione; and Post-translational Modifications.


Associate Professor, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
Center for Automation Technology, 486
fafarman@drexel.edu
215.895.5818
Department
  • Department of Chemistry
Research & Teaching Interests

Nanocrystal synthesis and surface chemistry. Self- and directed-assembly of nanocrystal solids for use as energy conversion materials. Ultra-fast and steady state spectroscopy to study the behavior of electrons in semiconductor nanocrystals.


Assistant Teaching Professor
Disque Hall 223
3141 Chestnut Street
rf485@drexel.edu
215.895.4970
Department
  • Department of Chemistry
Research & Teaching Interests Modification of polymers for diverse applications; utilizing thermal analysis techniques to study polymeric and non-polymeric materials; nanotechnology; applying Multi-detector Size Exclusion Chromatography for characterization of polymers; creating composites to improve materials’ properties.

Professor
Disque Hall 306
fraser.f.fleming@drexel.edu
215.895.2644
Department
  • Department of Chemistry
Research & Teaching Interests Research is focused on rapidly constructing biologically relevant scaffolds as potential pharmaceutical leads. Two complementary research areas comprise most of the research effort: the use of metalated nitriles as potent nucleophiles for hindered bond construction, and the use of metalated isocyanides as precursors to peptide mimics. The research has been primarily funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

Professor; Department Head
Disque Hall 212
jfoley@drexel.edu
215.895.6218
Department
  • Department of Chemistry
Research & Teaching Interests

Separation science and analytical chemistry, with an emphasis on the fundamentals and applications of pressure- or voltage-driven liquid-phase separation techniques including ultra-high pressure liquid chromatography and capillary electrophoresis.


Adjunct Teaching Professor (Psychology), Visiting Research Professor (Chemistry)

paul.c.gondek@drexel.edu
908.391.3077
Department
  • Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
  • Department of Chemistry
Research & Teaching Interests

Social psychology of social issues; team and group dynamics; caregiver/patient interactions; Science of Team Science; PTSD; the impact of culture on social processes


Assistant Teaching Professor
Disque Hall 417
lwh28@drexel.edu
215.895.1784
Department
  • Department of Chemistry
Research & Teaching Interests

Interfacial studies on the self-assembly of natural organic materials, Dendrimer/metal nanocomposite design and synthesis hosting metal nanoparticles, surface and interfacial science applications


Associate Teaching Professor
Disque Hall 224
monica.ilies@drexel.edu
215.895.2642
Department
  • Department of Chemistry
Research & Teaching Interests

Structure- and fragment-based drug design. Structural characteristics and in vivo roles of metalloproteins


Professor; Affiliated faculty member of College of Engineering, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Disque Hall 211
hj56@drexel.edu
215.895.2562
Lab Phone: 215.571.3648
Department
  • Department of Chemistry
Research & Teaching Interests

Organic and Polymer Chemistry; Drug discovery; Biofilm; Phosphorus-based nanomaterials; Plasma chemistry and it’s medical applications


Associate Professor; Associate Department Head
509 Disque Hall
daniel.king@drexel.edu
215.895.0571
Department
  • Department of Chemistry
Research & Teaching Interests

Assessment of the use and effectiveness of personal response devices and online course videos; Development of inquiry-based (POGIL) activities that use environmental context to teach chemistry content; Assessment of active learning methods and technology in chemistry courses; Incorporation of environmental data into chemistry classroom modules; Development of hands-on activities and laboratory experiments; General chemistry, environmental chemistry and everyday chemistry.


Assistant Professor

ml3784@drexel.edu
Department
  • Department of Chemistry
Research & Teaching Interests

Neurodegenerative protein aggregation; Membrane associated amyloid fibrils; Molecular structures, dynamics, and intermolecular interactions of biological macro molecules; Solid-state NMR and Cryo-electron microscopy (Cryo-EM)


Assistant Teaching Professor

jll449@drexel.edu
Department
  • Department of Chemistry
Research & Teaching Interests We are interested in the discovery and optimization of biocatalytic transformations for use inorganic synthesis. We utilize a library of marine derived bacteria that are prolific natural productproducers. By using substrates that are labeled with NMR active isotopes (13C, 19F), we cantrack transformations and identify synthetically useful transformations.

Teaching Professor
Stratton Hall 412
Craig.P.McClure@drexel.edu
215.571.3197
Department
  • Department of Chemistry
Research & Teaching Interests Promotion of quantitative literacy in introductory courses; development of guided inquiry activities for introductory chemistry; outreach programs in STEM fields

Associate Professor; Chair, Faculty Senate
Stratton Hall 415
kevin.owens@drexel.edu
215.895.2621
Department
  • Department of Chemistry
Research & Teaching Interests

analytical chemistry; mass spectrometry; analytical method development; time-of-flight mass spectrometry; analytical instrument development; matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization; imaging mass spectrometry; micro-organism identification by mass spectrometry; chemometrics; correlation analysis


Assistant Department Head, Associate Teaching Professor
Stratton Hall 411
susan.anne.rutkowsky@drexel.edu
215.895.1509
Department
  • Department of Chemistry
Research & Teaching Interests

Development of labs and lecture demonstrations for general and organic chemistry courses; STEM outreach programs


Assistant Professor
Disque Hall 506
jjs452@drexel.edu
215.895.6660
Department
  • Department of Chemistry
Research & Teaching Interests
  1. Study of first-row transition metal complexes of tetrapodal pentadentate ligands composed of N-heterocyclic carbenes, particularly in relation to small molecule activation and group transfer reactions.
  2. Transformation of C-1 substrates (CO, CO¬¬¬¬2) to value added products using first-row transition metals.

Associate Professor
Disque Hall 222
sohlbergk@drexel.edu
215.895.2653
Department
  • Department of Chemistry
Research & Teaching Interests

Theoretical and Computational Physical and Materials Chemistry; Development of theoretical models for both electrical and mechanical molecular devices


Associate Teaching Professor
Straton Hall 409
anthony.wambsgans@drexel.edu
215.895.1585
Department
  • Department of Chemistry
Research & Teaching Interests

Associate Professor
Disque Hall 507
ew456@drexel.edu
215.895.1681
Department
  • Department of Chemistry
Research & Teaching Interests

Radical chemistry and formation of secondary pollutants in urban and forest environments, impacts of biomass burning on air pollution and climate change, pollutant emissions, and design and deployment of novel instrumentation for field studies.


Associate Teaching Professor
Disque Hall 218
jx35@drexel.edu
215.895.2648
Department
  • Department of Chemistry
Research & Teaching Interests

Biomacromolecular interactions, mechanisms of DNA replication and DNA repair, structure and function of molecular chaperones, drug target identification and new therapeutic development, single molecule enzymology, DNA directed organic synthesis

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