Regular Faculty

1st row: Joseph DiVerdi, Nancy Levinger, Melissa Reynolds, Carlos Olivo, Debbie Crans   2nd row: Rick Finke, Amber Krummel, Amy Prieto, Alan Kennan, Delphine Farmer, Ingrid Ulbrich, A.R. Ravishankara   3rd row: Chuck Henry, Martin McCullagh, George Barisas, Matt Shores, Andy McNally, Chris Ackerson, James Neilson, Ben Reynolds, Alan Van Orden, Kassy Mies, Elliot Bernstein

1st row: Joseph DiVerdi, Nancy Levinger, Melissa Reynolds, Carlos Olivo, Debbie Crans
2nd row: Rick Finke, Amber Krummel, Amy Prieto, Alan Kennan, Delphine Farmer, Ingrid Ulbrich, A.R. Ravishankara
3rd row: Chuck Henry, Martin McCullagh, George Barisas, Matt Shores, Andy McNally, Chris Ackerson, James Neilson, Ben Reynolds, Alan Van Orden, Kassy Mies, Elliot Bernstein



Christopher Ackerson
Christopher Ackerson - Associate Professor
Ph.D., Stanford University
970-491-0521 /
Nanoparticle structure, nanoparticle chemistry, novel nanoparticle synthesis strategies, applications of nanoparticles to biological imaging.

Travis Bailey
Travis Bailey - Associate Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
970-491-4648 /
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 /
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.

B George Barisas
B George Barisas - Professor
Ph.D., Yale University
970-491-6641 /
Laser optical techniques for analysis of cell surface phenomena; microcalorimetry

Elliot Bernstein
Elliot Bernstein - Professor
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
970-491-6347 /
Conformation and potential energy surfaces of isolated and solvated non-rigid molecules, nucleation, growth, and structure of van der Waals clusters in the gas phase, energy dynamics and chemical reaction in van der Waals clusters, spectroscopy of reactive intermediates, metal oxide cluster catalysis

Thomas Borch
Thomas Borch - Professor, Soil and Crop Sciences
Ph.D., Montana State University
970-491-6235 /
My research is directed at determining reactions influencing the fate of trace elements and organic contaminants in soils.

Eugene Chen
Eugene Chen - Professor, John K. Stille Chair
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts
970-491-5609 /
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 /
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.

Delphine Farmer
Delphine Farmer - Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley
970-491-0624 /
Atmospheric biogeochemistry and mass spectrometry
Atmospheric chemistry; Instrument development & high resolution mass spectrometry; Field and laboratory measurements of reactive trace gases, pesticides and particles; Oxidation of organic compounds in the atmosphere; Biosphere-atmosphere exchange.

Richard Finke
Richard Finke - Professor
Ph.D., Stanford University
970-491-2541 /
Chemical catalysis, nanoparticle research, energy research and kinetics and mechanism

Ellen Fisher
Ellen Fisher - Professor
Ph.D., University of Utah
970-491-5250 /
Plasma chemistry, reactivity of radicals with surfaces using LIF and molecular beam techniques. Plasma polymerization deposition and etching of materials. Characterization of plasma synthesized thin films.

Charles Henry
Charles Henry - Professor, Department Chair
Ph.D., University of Arkansas
970-491-2852 /
Microscale bioanalytical and environmental chemistry
Bioanalytical chemistry; environmental chemistry; chemical separations; microscale chemical instrumentation; capillary electrophoresis; biosensor development; paper-based analytical devices; electrochemical sensors; microfluidics

Alan Kennan
Alan Kennan - Associate Professor, Associate Chair
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
970-491-6046 /
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.

Amber Krummel
Amber Krummel - Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
970-491-3694 /
Structure & dynamics in condensed phase systems; two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy.

Nancy Levinger
Nancy Levinger - Professor and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar
Ph.D., University of Colorado
970-491-1331 /
Dynamics of molecules and chemistry in the condensed phase, especially molecular assemblies, molecules at liquid interfaces and in confined environments by ultrafast spectroscopic techniques, NMR, and neutron scattering.

Martin McCullagh
Martin McCullagh - Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Northwestern University
970-491-3572 /
Computational and Theoretical Chemistry
We employ computational and theoretical chemistry tools to study phenomena in Biology. In particular we are interested in how Biology achieves control of energy transduction and self-assembly. Protein-DNA complexes provide a nice set of basis set for such studies.

Andrew McNally
Andrew McNally - Assistant Professor
Ph. D. The University of Cambridge
970-491-6782 /
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 /
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.

Carmen Menoni
Carmen Menoni - University Distinguished Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ph.D., Colorado State University
970-491-8659 /
Prof. Menoni’s research bridges from material to optical sciences. She is engaged in the growth and characterization of high bandgap oxide materials for the engineering of interference coatings for high power lasers. She is also actively involved in using bright coherent beams of light of wavelengths between 10-50 nm for optics applications such as imaging and ablation.

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

James Neilson
James Neilson - Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of California Santa Barbara
970-491-2958 /
Functional inorganic materials for energy and biomineralization
New materials and methodologies involving solid-state and solution-phase reactions, particularly those involving kinetic control. We study structure/property relationships of materials (e.g., magnetism, electrical transport) using advanced synchrotron X-ray and time-of-flight neutron scattering and spectroscopic methods.

Robert Paton
Robert Paton - Associate Professor
PhD, University of Cambridge
970-491-7746 /
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.

Amy Prieto
Amy Prieto - Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
970-491-1592 /
Electrochemical synthesis of inorganic bulk and nanoscale materials, low-temperature solid-state chemistry, nanomaterials.

Anthony Rappe
Anthony Rappe - Professor
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
970-491-6292 /
Theoretical characterization of reaction mechanisms in homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, new electronic structure techniques, development of force fields or model potentials for chemical reactivity studies.

A.R. Ravishankara
A.R. Ravishankara - Professor
Ph.D. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
970-491-2876 /
Atmospheric Chemistry
Atmospheric chemistry via studies in gas phase kinetics and photochemistry, heterogeneous chemistry, atmospheric field observations, and analyses of modeling results; Furthering understanding of the earth’s atmosphere, diagnosing, understanding of, and providing solutions to environmental issues of the stratospheric ozone depletion, air quality, and climate change; Provide new insights into gas phase chemical reactions, reactions on surfaces and in liquids, and photochemical processes; Developing new experimental methods both for laboratory studies and atmospheric measurements.

Melissa Reynolds
Melissa Reynolds - Associate Professor of Chemistry and School of Biomedical Engineering
Ph.D., University of Michigan
970-491-3775 /
Biomaterials and biomedical engineering
Multidisciplinary chemical design and fabrication of biomimetic materials for use in medical device applications. Research work includes: synthesis of organic and inorganic compounds including small-molecule therapeutics, polymers, and extended frameworks; analytical studies utilizing fluorescence, chemiluminesence, zeta potential, and LC/MS-TOF; fabrication and engineering of materials; biomedical efficacy and toxicity studies.

Justin Sambur
Justin Sambur - Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Colorado State University
970-491-3096 /
Nanomaterials, Nanoelectrochemistry, Super-resolution Imaging
The Sambur group synthesizes nanomaterials and develops imaging techniques to correlate material properties with nanoscale function/performance.

Yian Shi
Yian Shi - Professor
Ph.D., Stanford University
970-491-7424 /
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.

Matthew Shores
Matthew Shores - Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
970-491-7235 /
(Magnetic) applications of coordination complexes
Coordination and organometallic complex synthesis and characterization: environmental control of spin-crossover properties; single-molecule magnets; solar photochemistry employing earth-abundant materials.

Christopher Snow
Christopher Snow - Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Ph.D., Stanford University
970-491-5276 /
Nanomaterials, Physical, Biomolecular, and Theoretical Chemistry
Computational design, simulation, and experimental validation of new enzymes, and crystalline biomolecular assemblies. We convert porous protein crystals into “3D molecular pegboards” for the controlled assembly of nanoparticles, enzymes, fluorescent proteins, oligonucleotides, and other functional molecules.

Steven Strauss
Steven Strauss - Professor
Ph.D., Northwestern University
970-491-5104 /
Fundamental and applied aspects of synthetic inorganic, analytical and environmental chemistry; fluorinated superweak ions; selective fluorination and chlorination of fullerenes; pollution prevention; infrared sensors for environmental and industrial applications; redox-cyclable ion-exchange; layered materials; metal carbonyls

Grzegorz Szamel
Grzegorz Szamel - Professor
Ph.D., Warsaw University, Poland
970-491-2795 /
Statistical mechanics, dynamics of colloidal and polymeric fluids, structure and dynamics of colloidal fluids under non-uniform flow conditions.

Alan Van Orden
Alan Van Orden - Professor
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
970-491-6286 /
Bioanalytical chemistry, single molecule detection and spectroscopy, laser spectroscopy, optical and scanning probe microscopy, optical biosensors for pharmaceutical and clinical chemistry.

Robert Williams - University Distinguished Professor
Ph.D., Massachutsetts Institute of Technology
970-491-6747 & 970-495-2569 /
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.

Joseph Zadrozny
Joseph Zadrozny - Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
970-495-4168 /
Physical and Synthetic Approaches to Magnetic Resonance and Reactivity
My group harnesses synthetic inorganic and materials chemistry to enable the next generation of magnetic resonance imaging and photocatalytic applications.

Emeritus Faculty Members

Oren Anderson
Oren Anderson - Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. Northwestern University
970-491-6339 /
Structural chemistry of inorganic compounds, including Group IIA complexes, iron/copper bioinorganic model compounds, and metalloporphyrins; protein crystallography.

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

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

Stephen Thompson
Stephen Thompson - Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. University of Birmingham, England
970-491-1700 /
Investigation of techniques and procedures for low cost under graduate laboratory education, chemical education, amthocyanin chemistry, atmospheric aerosols.

Special Faculty Members

Anna Allen
Anna Allen - Instructor
970-491-2783 /

Joseph DiVerdi
Joseph DiVerdi - Associate Professor, Upper Division Undergraduate Lab Coordinator
970-491-1761 /

Kassy Mies
Kassy Mies - Special Assistant Professor
970-491-0731 /

Carlos Olivo-Delgado
Carlos Olivo-Delgado - Academic Support Coordinator, Instructor
970-491-0722 /

Benjamin Reynolds
Benjamin Reynolds - Assistant Professor, General Chemistry Undergraduate Lab Coordinator, Director of Chemistry Learning Resource Center
970-491-1322 /

Patricia Somers
Patricia Somers - Assistant Professor
970-491-2854 /

Harmony Tucker
Harmony Tucker - Instructor
970-491-2783 /

Ingrid Ulbrich (Laughman) - Special Assistant Professor, General Chemistry Lecture Coordinator
970-491-7318 /