Faculty – Organic

Travis Bailey
Travis Bailey - Associate Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
970-491-4648 / travis.bailey@colostate.edu
His research interests at Colorado State will focus on the thermodynamics of nanoscale self-assembly processes in block copolymer composite materials and their applications in a variety of environments, including polymer-based photovoltaics, bio-enzymatic fuel cells, chemical and biological sensing devices, targeted chemical delivery, and hydrogel-based shape memory materials.

Jeffrey Bandar
Jeffrey Bandar - Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Columbia University
970-495-2432 / jeff.bandar@colostate.edu
Physical organic chemistry, catalysis, synthesis
The design and study of new catalysts and catalytic processes with applications for pharmaceutical, natural product and industrial chemical synthesis.

Eugene Chen
Eugene Chen - Professor, John K. Stille Chair
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts
970-491-5609 / eugene.chen@colostate.edu
Polymer Chemistry & Green/Sustainable/Catalytic Chemistries
Intrinsically recyclable polymers; renewable monomers and sustainable polymers; precision (stereoselective, chemoselective & living) polymer synthesis; Lewis pair polymerization; new polymerization methodology; transition-metal, main-group & organic catalysis; biomass conversion to fuels, chemicals & materials.

Debbie Crans
Debbie Crans - Professor
Ph.D., Harvard University
970-491-7635 / Debbie.Crans@colostate.edu
Bioinorganic, Bioorganic, Physical Organic Chemistries, with focuses on characterization of menaquinone metabolism and ihibition of electron transport in tuberculosis bacteria, vanadium containing anti-diabetic and anti-malarial compounds, microemulsion drug-membrane interaction studies, copper (II) amyloid-beta and peptide complexation studies, and spectroscopic techniques including 1D and 2D NMR, EPR, fluorescence and IR.

Alan Kennan
Alan Kennan - Associate Professor, Associate Chair
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
970-491-6046 / Alan.Kennan@colostate.edu
Peptide/Protein Recognition and Design
Molecular recognition, self-assembly, development of novel biological recognition motifs, construction of synthetic receptors for small molecules of biological interest, design of catalytic peptides.

Andrew McNally
Andrew McNally - Assistant Professor
Ph. D. The University of Cambridge
970-491-6782 / amcnally@mail.colostate.edu
Organic synthesis and catalysis
Synthetic chemistry, development of new catalytic reactions, transformation of renewable and abundant resources into value-added products, catalytic asymmetric processes.

Brian McNaughton
Brian McNaughton - Associate Professor of Chemistry, and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Ph.D., University of Rochester
970-491-7060 / Brian.McNaughton@ColoState.edu
Macromolecular engineering, evolution, and discovery
The use of engineering, high-throughput screening, and evolution to expand the scope and utility of proteins and assembled protein nanoreagents in catalysis, drug discovery, and intracellular drug delivery.

Garret Miyake
Garret Miyake - Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Colorado State University
970-495-4340 / garret.miyake@colostate.edu
catalysis, polymer chemistry, materials science

Robert Paton
Robert Paton - Associate Professor
PhD, University of Cambridge
970-491-7746 / robert.paton@colostate.edu
Computational Organic Chemistry
Predictions and designs of new reactions, reagents, and catalysts are tested through close collaboration with experiment. Guided by mechanistic investigation we develop tools to design more selective catalysts for asymmetric synthesis and renewable energy applications. Group members explore these areas using techniques in quantum chemistry, statistical modeling and data-mining alongside laboratory work.

Yian Shi
Yian Shi - Professor
Ph.D., Stanford University
970-491-7424 / Yian.Shi@colostate.edu
Organic and biological chemistry, new synthetic methodology, synthesis of chemically and biologically interesting natural products and study of their molecular mechanisms of action, study of enzymatic reaction mechanisms and development of therapeutic agents.

Robert Williams - University Distinguished Professor
Ph.D., Massachutsetts Institute of Technology
970-491-6747 & 970-495-2569 / Robert.Williams@colostate.edu
Synthesis of natural products of biomedical significance and development of synthetic methodology for the construction of complex target molecules, design and synthesis of active site activated irreversible enzyme inhibitors, asymmetric synthesis of of alpha-amino acids, mechanism of action studies on anti-tumor drugs and antibiotics, oxidative cleavage and cross-linking of DNA, total synthesis and biogenesis of mycotoxic indole alkaloids from fungi, taxol biosynthesis, design and synthesis of antibiotics for drug-resistant microbial diseases, molecular biology and protein bioichemistry.

Emeritus Faculty Members

Lou Hegedus
Lou Hegedus - University Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. Harvard
970-491-6376 / Louis.Hegedus@colostate.edu
Organic synthesis, organometallic chemistry.

Frank Stermitz
Frank Stermitz - Centennial Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., University of Colorado
970-491-5158 / Frank.Stermitz@colostate.edu
Alkaloid chemistry, natural product isolation, characterization, synthesis and biosynthesis, chemical ecology, plant-insect interactions.