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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 Associate 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.

    732 Natural Sciences Complex

    Phone: (716) 645-4122

    Fax: (716) 645-6963

    jochena at buffalo.edu

    UB Distinguished Professor
    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

    732 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

  • 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

  • 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

    Associate 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

  • 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

  • David Heppner.

    515 Natural Sciences Complex

    Phone: (716) 645-5133

    Fax: (716) 645-6963

    davidhep@buffalo.edu

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Chemistry
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Research Interests: Chemical biology, medicinal chemistry, structure-guided drug design, protein biochemistry, structural biology, cancer biology, protein kinases, allosteric inhibitors, targeted protein degradation, bioinorganic chemistry, redox biology, and biorthogonal chemistry.

    515 Natural Sciences Complex

    Phone: (716) 645-5133

    Fax: (716) 645-6963

    davidhep@buffalo.edu

  • Jerry Keister.

    562 Natural Sciences Complex

    Phone: (716) 645-4205

    Fax: (716) 645-6963

    keister@buffalo.edu

    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: Synthesis of iron, manganese, and ruthenium coordination complexes toward sustainable chemistry; organometallic chemistry; synthetic oxygenases; electrochemical, photochemical, and chemical small molecule activation studies; bio-inspired catalyst design

    657 Natural Sciences Complex

    Phone: (716) 645-4114

    Fax: (716) 645-6963

    DCLacy at buffalo edu

  • Y. Chris Li.

    861 Natural Sciences Complex

    Phone: (716) 645-4285

    Fax: (716) 645-6963

    yuguangl@buffalo.edu

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Chemistry
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Research Interests: Electrochemistry, electrocatalysis, activation of hydrocarbon molecules, surface mediated reactions, in situ spectroscopies for mechanistic investigations

    861 Natural Sciences Complex

    Phone: (716) 645-4285

    Fax: (716) 645-6963

    yuguangl@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: Magnetic resonance imaging contrast agents based on iron, cobalt or nickel, bimodal (fluorescent) probes, ligand synthesis, self-assembled multinuclear iron complexes for imaging, yeast cell labeling with inorganic complexes.

    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

  • Shenqiang Ren.

    710 Natural Sciences Complex

    Phone: (716) 645-1431

    Fax: (716) 645-6963

    shenren@buffalo.edu

    Professor
    Department of Chemistry
    College of Arts and Sciences
    Professor
    Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    School of Engineering and Applied Science

    Research Interests: Materials design and chemistry, self-assembly, functional nanomaterials for energy critical applications

    710 Natural Sciences Complex

    Phone: (716) 645-1431

    Fax: (716) 645-6963

    shenren@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
    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

    Associate 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

    Fax: (716) 645-6963

    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.

    531 Natural Sciences Complex

    Phone: (716) 645-4189

    Fax: (716) 645-6963

    dwatson3@buffalo.edu

  • Troy Wood.

    417 Natural Sciences Complex

    Phone: (716) 645-4144

    Fax: (716) 645-6963

    twood@buffalo.edu

    Director of Undergraduate Studies
    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.

    777 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

    777 Natural Sciences Complex

    Phone: (716) 645-4332

    Fax: (716) 645-6963

    ezurek@buffalo.edu

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