AMSEC Faculty

Faculty Membership

AMSEC's faculty associates include nationally recognized experts in a wide range of disciplines and research areas.

Faculty members are nominated and selected for four-year terms.

AMSEC Director

Janelle Leger

Associate Professor of Physics/Astronomy, Chemistry, & Materials Science
Research area: Organic and hybrid materials for electronic and optoelectronic devices including light-emitting diodes, solar cells, memory cells, and transistors.

 

Current Members

John AntosJohn Antos

Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry
Research area: Enzymes as catalysts for constructing unique protein derivatives.

Robert BergerRobert Berger

Assistant Professor of Computational Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry
Research area: Using computation to design and understand the structural and electronic properties of novel metal oxide materials. 

Marion BrodhagenMarion Brodhagen

Associate Professor of Biology
Research area: Plant-microbe interactions, secondary metabolites, aflatoxin, biodegradable plastics in agriculture.

Mark BussellMark Bussell

Professor of Physical & Materials Chemistry
Research area: Surface and materials chemistry, with an emphasis on the development of new heterogeneous catalysts for the production of clean fuels.

Tanveer ChawlaTanveer Chawla

Assistant Professor of Plastics & Composites Engineering
Research area: Improvement of repairs of fiber reinforced polymer composites by development of repair resins and repair methods.

Susan DeBariSusan DeBari

Professor of Geology
Research area: Crustal scale petrologic processes within island arcs.  The focus is to understand the physical and chemical processes that operate within and beneath volcanic arc systems. 

Steven EmorySteven Emory

Associate Professor of Analytical & Materials Chemistry
Research area: Characterization and use of novel metal and semiconductor nanomaterials in the development of new ultrasensitive chemical methods of detection and identification.

Milton From

Associate Professor of Physics
Research area: Magnetic and optical properties of thin films.

John GilbertsonJohn Gilbertson

Associate Professor of Inorganic Chemistry
Research area: Scientific problems dealing with global climate change and CO2 utilization.

Nicole HoekstraNicole Hoekstra

Professor of Plastics & Composites Engineering
Research area: Polymer product design and manufacturing, polymer analysis.

Bernie HousenBernie Housen

Professor of Geology
Research area: Magnetic minerals.

Brad JohnsonBrad Johnson

Professor of Physics
Research area: Theoretical and Computational Condensed Matter Physics.

Tim KowalczykTim Kowalczyk

Assistant Professor of Physical & Computational Chemistry
Research area: Organic materials that combine light-absorbing and electrically conducting components in a single package.

Nicole LarsonNicole Larson

Associate Professor of Plastics & Composites Engineering
Research area: New product development and testing.

Janelle Leger

Associate Professor of Physics/Astronomy, Chemistry, & Materials Science
Research area: Organic and hybrid materials for electronic and optoelectronic devices including light-emitting diodes, solar cells, memory cells, and transistors.

Stephen McDowallStephen McDowall

Professor of Mathematics
Research area: Inverse problems in partial differential equations.

John Misasi

Assistant Professor of Plastics & Composites Engineering
Research area: Scalable synthesis of recyclable thermosetting polymers for composite matrices, with a focus on understanding network material properties  and degradation pathways and products.

Sean Mulcahy

Assistant Professor of Geology
Research area: Mineral chemistry and geochronology to understand how plate boundaries and mountain belts form and evolve.

Amanda MurphyAmanda Murphy

Assistant Professor of Materials & Organic Chemistry
Research area: Broadly interested in tailoring the molecular structure of conjugated organic polymers in order to control the fundamental properties of the bulk materials.

David PatrickDavid Patrick

Professor of Analytical, Materials, & Physical Chemistry
Research area: Surface and materials chemistry, ordered molecular systems, and organic thin films.

Mark PeyronMark Peyron

Assistant Professor of Plastics & Composites Engineering
Research area: Potentially biodegradable polymers and identifying methods for assessing the extent of degradation (based upon changes in mechanical properties, polymer chain length and composition, etc.) as well as developing new polymers capable of more readily decaying in soil, composting, and marine environments.

Armin Rahmani

Assistant Professor of Physics
Research area: Theoretical quantum condensed matter physics and quantum information processing.

David RiderDavid Rider

Assistant Professor of Materials Chemistry and Plastics & Composites Engineering
Research area: The design, synthesis and self-assembly of organic and inorganic semiconductors for applications in nanotechnology and materials science.

Andreas RiemannAndreas Riemann

Associate Professor of Physics
Research area: Fabrication and characterization of nanostructures and ultrathin films on surfaces.

Brian RuskBrian Rusk

Geology Research Associate
Research area: Combining multiple microanalytical techniques, such as cathodoluminescence, LA-ICP-MS, and fluid inclusion microanalysis in order to understand the formation of mineral deposits.

Takele SedaTakele Seda

Associate Professor
Research area: Magnetic and electronic properties of iron bearing materials and minerals.

Peter SherwoodPeter M.A. Sherwood

Affiliate Professor of Chemistry & Physics
Research area: Surface analysis (especially X ray photoelectron spectroscopy) of materials with a particular interest in electrode surfaces, corrosion systems, and carbon fiber and composite surfaces.

Serge SmirnovSerge Smirnov

Associate Professor of Biochemistry
Research area: How structure and dynamics of proteins interplay with their biological function. 

Pete Stelling

Assistant Professor of Geology
Research area: Geology of geothermal energy systems, physical volcanoogy, igneous petrology, and igneous geochemistry.

James VyvyanJames Vyvyan

Professor of Organic Chemistry
Research area: The broad field of synthetic chemistry with detailed analysis of NMR spectra to characterize new compounds and assign relative stereochemistry.