My research interests are focused on the design, synthesis, and development of new functional organic materials and polymers, especially those with ordered nanostructures based on liquid crystal starting materials, or those based on room-temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) building blocks. Some of the specific goals in my research program include the design of functional, nanostructured materials via monomer self-assembly; novel liquid crystal monomer and polymer design; understanding the physical organic chemistry and materials science of ordered, nanostructured systems; design of heterogeneous catalysts and molecular size-separation membranes using nanoporous polymers; and the development of new functional materials (e.g., membranes) based on RTILs.
CHEM 3311 - Organic Chemistry 1
Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
Lect. and rec. Intended primarily for nonmajors. Topics include structure and reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, and aromatic molecules; nomenclature of organic compounds; stereochemistry; reaction mechanisms and dynamics. Department enforced corequisite: CHEM 3321 or CHEM 3361.
CHEM 6901 - Research in Chemistry
Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019
May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours.
CHEN 1211 - General Chemistry for Engineers
One-semester lecture and recitation course designed to meet the general chemistry requirement for engineering students. Topics include stoichiometry; thermodynamics; gases, liquids, and solids; equilibrium; acids and bases; bonding concepts; kinetics; reactions; and materials science. Examples and problems illustrate the application of chemistry to engineering sub-disciplines. Department enforced prerequisites: one year of high school chemistry or CHEM 1021 (min. grade C-) and high school algebra. Recommended corequisite: CHEM 1221. Not recommended for students with grade below B- in CHEM 1021. Credit not granted for this course and CHEM 1113 or CHEM 1114 or CHEM 1400 or MCEN 1024.