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Diana Aga.

611 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4220

Fax: (716) 645-6963

dianaaga@buffalo.edu

Henry M. Woodburn Chair
Professor
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Environmental and Analytical Chemistry: Fate and transport of emerging contaminants and endocrine disrupting chemicals; treatment of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in wastewater; environmental impacts of engineered nanomaterials; bioaccumulation of brominated flame retardants.

611 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4220

Fax: (716) 645-6963

dianaaga@buffalo.edu

Alexey Akimov.

716 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4140

Fax: (716) 645-6963

alexeyak@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Theoretical and computational chemistry; Quantum and classical molecular dynamics, nonadiabatic dynamics, computations in large-scale systems, semiempirical methods; electron-nuclear coupling, simulation of spin, charge, and excitation energy transfer; Solar energy conversion materials, nanomaterials and nanoscale systems.

716 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4140

Fax: (716) 645-6963

alexeyak@buffalo.edu

G. Ekin Atilla-Gokcumen.

877 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4130

Fax: (716) 645-6963

ekinatil@buffalo.edu

J. Solo Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Bioorganic and medicinal chemistry: Understanding the involvement of lipids in different cell fates; LC-MS based lipidomics; biochemical characterization of lipids of interest

Jim Atwood.

556 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4201

Fax: (716) 645-6963

jatwood@buffalo.edu

SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Synthesis and spectroscopy of organometallic compounds; Kinetics and mechanisms of organometallic reactions; Homogeneous catalysis; Water as a solvent for organometallic reactions

556 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4201

Fax: (716) 645-6963

jatwood@buffalo.edu

Jochen Autschbach.

313 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4122

Fax: (716) 645-6963

jochena at buffalo.edu

Larkin Professor
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Computational and theoretical chemistry: Simulation of molecular spectra, optical activity, molecular vibrations, NMR, electron paramagnetism, organic molecules, metal complexes, heavy elements, organometallic materials, computer programming

313 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4122

Fax: (716) 645-6963

jochena at buffalo.edu

Jason Benedict.

771 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4276

Fax: (716) 645-6963

jbb6@buffalo.edu

Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Solid-state materials science: Synthesis and characterization of Sustainable Functional Molecular Nanomaterials for light harvesting, light generation and light-based switches and sensors

771 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4276

Fax: (716) 645-6963

jbb6@buffalo.edu

Frank Bright.

511 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4180

Fax: (716) 645-6963

chefvb@buffalo.edu

SUNY Distinguished Professor
UB Distinguished Professor
Henry M. Woodburn Chair
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Analytical, materials and physical chemistry: Chemical sensor and nanosensors, antifouling/fouling release materials, benign chemistry, wound restitution, corneal surface chemistry.

511 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4180

Fax: (716) 645-6963

chefvb@buffalo.edu

Sherry Chemler.

618 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4225

Fax: (716) 645-6963

schemler@buffalo.edu

Professor
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Organometallic chemistry, medicinal chemistry: New reaction development with earth-abundant copper and manganese catalysts, asymmetric catalysis, alkene difunctionalization reactions, natural product synthesis, synthesis and medicinal chemistry of nitrogen heterocycles.

618 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4225

Fax: (716) 645-6963

schemler@buffalo.edu

Melvyn Churchill.

532 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4190

Fax: (716) 645-6963

chexray@buffalo.edu

Professor
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Structural inorganic and organometallic chemistry; Crystallography; Bilingual chemical education

532 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4190

Fax: (716) 645-6963

chexray@buffalo.edu

Luis Colon.

578 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4213

Fax: (716) 645-6963

lacolon@buffalo.edu

A. Conger Goodyear Professor
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Analytical separations and measurements: Micro/nano-chemical analysis, capillary electrophoresis, liquid chromatography, chromatographic materials and their physicochemical characterization, column technology, bioanalytical chemistry

578 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4213

Fax: (716) 645-6963

lacolon@buffalo.edu

Timothy Cook.

856 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4327

Fax: (716) 645-6963

trcook@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Self-assembly and characterization of discrete inorganic metallacycles and cages; energy harvesting, transport and storage in photo- and redox-active molecular materials. Polynuclear catalysts for small molecule activations of relevance to renewable energy schemes.

856 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4327

Fax: (716) 645-6963

trcook@buffalo.edu

Mike Detty.

Phone: (716) 645-4228

Fax: (716) 645-6963

mdetty@buffalo.edu

Professor
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Antifouling/fouling release materials; Environmentally benign chemistry; Photosensitizers for photodynamic therapy; Photosensitizers for generation of solar electricity and solar hydrogen; Inhibitors/modulators of ABC transporters

Steve Diver.

572 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4208

Fax: (716) 645-6963

diver@buffalo.edu

Professor
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Synthetic organic and organometallic chemistry: Mechanism of enyne metathesis, synthesis of natural products, metathesis cascades as complexity-building reactions

572 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4208

Fax: (716) 645-6963

diver@buffalo.edu

Joe Gardella.

470 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-1499

Fax: (716) 645-6963

gardella@buffalo.edu

SUNY Distinguished Professor
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Surface and analytical chemistry; Environmental chemistry and public policy; K-12 science/technology education; Surface chemistry of polymer controlled release technologies; Polymer reaction kinetics; Chemical imaging of surfaces; Environmental chemistry using geographic information analysis of spatial chemical data

Bing Gong.

811 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4307

Fax: (716) 645-6963

bgong@chem.buffalo.edu

Professor
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Biomimetic organic chemistry: Information-storing duplexes, protein-like porous foldamers and nanocavity-containing macrocycles, instructed molecular self-assembly, molecular recognition, selective ion channels, artificial water channels, molecular and supramolecular nanoporous materials

811 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4307

Fax: (716) 645-6963

bgong@chem.buffalo.edu

Jerry Keister.

562 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4205

Fax: (716) 645-6963

keister@buffalo.edu

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Professor
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Organometallic transition metal complexes and their reactions; Mechanism of alkene-alkyne metathesis, catalyzed by ruthenium carbene complexes; Organic and inorganic synthesis, IR, NMR, UV/Visible and EPR spectroscopies, electrochemistry, and kinetics

562 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4205

Fax: (716) 645-6963

keister@buffalo.edu

David C. Lacy.

657 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4114

Fax: (716) 645-6963

DCLacy at buffalo edu

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Bio-inspired molecular approaches to challenges in solar fuels; Synthetic inorganic and organometallic chemistry; Spectroscopic characterization of molecular compounds; Demonstrating applicability to solar fuels with electrocatalysis.

657 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4114

Fax: (716) 645-6963

DCLacy at buffalo edu

Qing Lin.

679 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4254

Fax: (716) 645-6963

qinglin@buffalo.edu

Professor
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Bioorganic and medicinal chemistry: Bioorthogonal chemistry/organic reactions in living systems, bioorthogonal reaction discovery and development, peptide/protein therapeutics, synthetic biology

679 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4254

Fax: (716) 645-6963

qinglin@buffalo.edu

Janet Morrow.

526 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4187

Fax: (716) 645-6963

jmorrow@buffalo.edu

UB Distinguished Professor
Larkin Professor
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Bioinorganic chemistry: Fluorescent sensors for metal ions, MRI contrast agents based on Fe(II) and Ln(III), ligand synthesis, structure selective interactions of compounds with DNA and RNA

526 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4187

Fax: (716) 645-6963

jmorrow@buffalo.edu

Andrew Murkin.

672 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4249

Fax: (716) 645-6963

amurkin@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Bioorganic chemistry: Determination of enzyme mechanisms and transition states; synthesis of inhibitors, alternative substrates, and isotopically labeled compounds; enzyme kinetics

672 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4249

Fax: (716) 645-6963

amurkin@buffalo.edu

Paras Prasad.

428 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4148

Fax: (716) 645-6945

pnprasad@buffalo.edu

SUNY Distinguished Professor
Samuel P. Capen Chair of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences
Director
Institute for Lasers, Photonics, and Biophotonics
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Lasers, Photonics, and Biophotonics: Preparation, processing, and theoretical modeling of nanostructured photonic materials; Biophotonics; Nonlinear optical processes

428 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4148

Fax: (716) 645-6945

pnprasad@buffalo.edu

Steven Ray.

410 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4241

Fax: (716) 645-6963

sjray2@buffalo.edu

Winkler Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Analytical Chemistry, Mass Spectrometry, and Chemical Instrumentation: Distance-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry, Soft-landing Mass Spectrometry, Novel Detector Platforms for Mass Spectrometry, New Mass Spectrometry Instrumentation and Ionization Sources, Atomic Spectrometry, Plasma Spectrochemistry

410 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4241

Fax: (716) 645-6963

sjray2@buffalo.edu

John Richard.

633 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4232

Fax: (716) 645-6963

jrichard@buffalo.edu

SUNY Distinguished Professor
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Mechanism for enzyme-catalyzed reactions: Small molecule model reactions; structure-reactivity studies on mutant enzymes; the role of flexible loops; and, mechanisms for transition-state stabilization

633 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4232

Fax: (716) 645-6963

jrichard@buffalo.edu

Javid Rzayev.

826 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4314

Fax: (716) 645-6963

jrzayev@buffalo.edu

Professor
Associate Chair
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Polymer and organic materials chemistry: synthesis of advanced polymer structures, self-assembly and nanomaterial fabrication for biological and electronic applications.

826 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4314

Fax: (716) 645-6963

jrzayev@buffalo.edu

Thomas Szyperski.

816 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4309

Fax: (716) 645-6963

szypersk@buffalo.edu

UB Distinguished Professor
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences
Director
UB High-Field NMR Facility
Adjunct Senior Researcher
Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute

Research Interests: Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)-based structural biology, structural genomics and metabonomics: NMR methodology development, applications to study protein structure, dynamics and folding, metabolic profiling.

816 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4309

Fax: (716) 645-6963

szypersk@buffalo.edu

Martin Trebbin.

760 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4274

Fax: (716) 645-6963

mtrebbin at buffalo.edu

Empire Innovation Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Time-resolved structure determination; X-ray scattering/diffraction; Microfluidics and microfabrication; Soft matter and protein dynamics; Nanotechnology; Physical chemistry

760 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4274

Fax: (716) 645-6963

mtrebbin at buffalo.edu

Luis Velarde.

861 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4243

Fax: (716) 645-6963

lvelarde@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Physical, materials and analytical chemistry: Nonlinear spectroscopy of interfaces, ultrafast processes at surfaces, molecular devices, biointerfaces and environmental surface chemistry.

861 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4243

Fax: (716) 645-6963

lvelarde@buffalo.edu

David Watson.

531 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4189

dwatson3@buffalo.edu

Chair
Professor
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Inorganic, materials, and physical chemistry: Synthesis and surface-functionalization of materials, assembly of nanostructured interfaces, spectroscopic characterization of photoinduced electron transfer.

Troy Wood.

417 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4144

Fax: (716) 645-6963

twood@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Mass spectrometry: Low-flow electrospray ionization, biomarker identification, metabolomics, proteomics, molecular imaging mass spectrometry, tandem mass spectrometry.

417 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4144

Fax: (716) 645-6963

twood@buffalo.edu

Eva Zurek.

331 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4332

Fax: (716) 645-6963

ezurek@buffalo.edu

Professor
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Theoretical and computational chemistry: electronic structure and properties of discrete and extended systems, materials and structure prediction, molecular self-assembly on surfaces, catalysis

331 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4332

Fax: (716) 645-6963

ezurek@buffalo.edu

Teaching Faculty

Elizabeth Clizbe.

663 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4238

Fax: (716) 645-6963

eaclizbe@buffalo.edu

Lecturer
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Area of Instruction: Instruction of undergraduate students in organic chemistry as well as the overview of general, organic and biological chemistry for students interested in health-science careers such as nursing.

663 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4238

Fax: (716) 645-6963

eaclizbe@buffalo.edu

Stacey Gulde.

325 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4126

Fax: (716) 645-6963

gulde@buffalo.edu

Lecturer
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Area of Instruction: Instruction of undergraduate students in the fundamentals of (Introductory and General) chemistry.

325 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4126

Fax: (716) 645-6963

gulde@buffalo.edu

Tim Liwosz.

324 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4270

Fax: (716) 645-6963

timothyl@buffalo.edu

Lecturer
Department of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Area of Instruction: Instruction of undergraduate students in general chemistry and organic chemistry

324 Natural Sciences Complex

Phone: (716) 645-4270

Fax: (716) 645-6963

timothyl@buffalo.edu