Department of Chemistry

Endowed Chairs

A.E. Martell Endowed Chair

Gabbai, Francois - (Since 2014)

Professor of Chemistry. Ed.D., Universite de Bordeaux, 1988; M.S., Universite de Bordeaux, 1990; Ph.D., University of Texas Austin, 1994; Fellow, American Chemical Society (2011); Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER), National Science Foundation (2001)

Research Interests: Polyfunctional Lewis Acids in Molecular Recognition. Catalysis and Supramolecular Materials; Physical organic chemistry.

Applied Biosystems/MDS Sciex, Instruments Professorship in Mass Spectrometry in Chemistry

Russell, David - (Since 2002)

Professor of Chemistry. B.S., University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 1974; Ph.D., University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1978

Research Interests: Mass spectrometry, ion mobility-mass spectrometry and gas phase ion chemistry. Research projects include development of next-generation instrumentation, fundamental studies aimed at understanding the structure of water, and biophysical studies of peptide aggregation and self-assembly.

Cyclotron Institute Bright Chair in Nuclear Science

Yennello, Sherry - (Since 2014)

Professor of Chemistry. B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1985; B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1986; Ph.D., Indiana University, 1990; Fellow, American Physical Society (2012); Fellow, American Physical Society (2011); Fellow, American Physical Society (2005); Young Investigator Award in the Physical Sciences and Engineering, Sigma Xi (2000); Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation (1994)

Research Interests: Using beams of exotic nuclei to investigate nuclear reaction mechanisms: altering the N/Z of the beam enables the study of isospin equilibrations and effects due to the Symmetry Energy.

Davidson Chair in Science

Banerjee, Sarbajit - (Since 2017)

Professor of Chemistry. B.Sc., St. Stephenn's College, University of Delhi, 2000; Ph.D., State University of New York, Stony Brook, 2004

Research Interests: Solid-state chemistry, electronic structure, nanomaterials, coatings for inhibition of corrosion.


Darensbourg, Marcetta - (Since 2017)

Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. B.S., Union College Kentucky, 1963; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana, 1967; Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2011)

Research Interests: synthetic and mechanistic inorganic chemistry, including functioning models of catalytic active sites in bioinorganic/organometallic/bioorganometallic systems; development of synthetic analogues of the diiron hydrogenase active site and the insight they bring to the catalytic mechanism of these natural fuel cell catalysts.

Dunbar, Kim - (Since 2004)

Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. B.S., Westminster College, 1980; Ph.D., Purdue University, 1984; Fellow, American Physical Society (2011); Fellow, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; Camille Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation.

Research Interests: Synthesis and characterization of transition metal compounds and molecule-based materials with unusual physical properties; nucleic acid binding of metal complexes.

Hall, Michael - (Since 2004)

Professor of Chemistry. B.S., Juniata College, 1966; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1971

Research Interests: Inorganic and Computational Chemistry. Theoretical studies of the electronic structure of inorganic complexes, organometallic compounds, metallo-enzymes and metal clusters. Relationship between electronic structure and chemical behavior, especially catalysis.

Singleton, Daniel - (Since 2005)

Professor of Chemistry. B.S., Case Western Reserve University, 1977; Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1986

Research Interests: Organic, organometallic, and bioorganic reaction mechanisms. Dynamic effects and the nature of chemical reactions in solution. Experimental and computational mechanistic chemistry.

Dow Chair in Chemical Invention

Gladysz, John - (Since 2007)

Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. Ph.D., Stanford University, 1974

Research Interests: organometallic chemistry, catalysis, enantioselective organic synthesis, stereochemistry, green chemistry, materials chemistry, nanoscopic devices such as molecular wires and gyroscopes.

Emile and Marta Schweikert Professorship in Chemistry

Liu, Wenshe - (Since 2014)

Associate Professor of Chemistry. B.S., Beijing University, 2000; Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2005

Research Interests: Bioorganic chemistry; chemical biology; enzyme kinetics; molecular biology; protein crystallography; protein engineering.

Powell Chair in Science

Raushel, Frank - (Since 2004)

Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. B.A., St. Thomas College, 1972; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1976

Research Interests: Elucidation of enzyme catalyzed reaction mechanisms; design and evolution of novel enzymes; discovery and annotation of enzymes of unknown function.

Rachal Chair in Chemistry

Burgess, Kevin - (Since 2004)

Professor of Chemistry. B.S., University of Bath (England), 1979; M.S., University of East Anglia, 1980; Ph.D., University of Cambridge, 1983; Research Fellow, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (1993); Research Career Development Award, National Institutes of Health (1992)

Research Interests: Organic synthesis and biophysical chemistry; syntheses and applications of 2,3-metharoamino acids in peptide and protein mimics; frontiers in combinatorial chemistry; new methodology for sequencing DNA without gel electrophoresis.

Robert A. Welch Foundation Chair and Derek Barton Professor in Chemistry

Begley, Tadhg - (Since 2009)

Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. B.S., National University of Ireland, 1977; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1983; MERIT Award, National Institutes of Health (2008)

Research Interests: Biosynthesis of the vitamins, enzyme mechanism, protein structure, design and synthesis of mechanistic probes, enzyme inhibitors and small molecule probes of the proteome, PET imaging using vitamins.

Robert A. Welch Foundation Chair in Chemistry

Zhou, Hong-Cai - (Since 2015)

Professor of Chemistry. Ph.D., \TAMU, 2000

Research Interests: Inorganic chemistry and materials science; Synthesis and the application of physical methods to materials characterization.

W.T. Doherty-Welch Foundation Chair in Chemistry

Wooley, Karen - (Since 2009)

Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. B.S., Oregon State University, 1988; Ph.D., Cornell University, 1993

Research Interests: Design, synthesis and characterization of unique polymers, with emphasis upon the development of synthetic methodologies that allow for the preparation of complex nanostructured materials; novel macromolecular nanostructures for biomedical and materials applications; degradable polymers; nanoscale polymer assemblies; functional polymers.