2015 Workshop Participants



Darren Achey teaches Inorganic Chemistry and General Chemistry lecture and laboratory courses at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania.  He received his B.S. Chemistry degree from Pennsylvania State University in 2008 and his Ph.D in Chemistry from Johns Hopkins University in 2013, where he studied the photophysical phenomena of transition metal complexes anchored to nanocrystalline titanium dioxide thin films with Dr. Gerald Meyer.  His current research involves understanding how the physical properties of molecules in solution are altered when attached to nanomaterials.  This understanding is crucial in the development and optimization of solar fuel generating devices as solid/molecular/solution interfaces are found in nearly all designs of such devices.

Fabiola Barios-Landeros: I teach Organic Chemistry, Organometallic Chemistry and Frontiers of Science (core curriculum) at Yeshiva College, an orthodox Jewish institution in Manhattan, NY. I received my PhD from Yale University were I studied mechanisms of oxidative addition of palladium complexes under the mentorship of Prof. John Hartwig. I spent two years at the University of Basel in Switzerland investigating catalytic intermediates in the Iridium-catalyzed hydrogenation of imines with Prof. Andreas Pfaltz. I also spent a year at Columbia University as a teaching-postdoc. My current research focuses on using carboxylic acids as nucleophiles for the copper and palladium-catalyzed acyloxylation of aryl halides. I received my bachelors in chemistry from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Keying Ding teaches Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry, Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry and General Chemistry courses at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She received her PhD from University of Rochester in 2009 where she studied the low-coordinate transitional metal complexes with β-diketiminate ligand with Dr. Patrick Holland. She spent two years at University of Minnesota (UMN) as a postdoc with Dr. Connie Lu, where she worked on design and synthesis of a new wide bite angle phosphine and its transition metal complexes with their novel reactivities for hydroformylation, hydrosilylation and hydrogenation. In 2011, she started postdoc with Dr. William Tolman and Dr. Marc Hillmyer at UMN, and she worked on a couple of projects including a) kinetics and mechanism study of ring opening polymerization of cyclic ester. b) homogeneous catalysis for biomass conversion to styrene using high-throughput catalyst screening technique. c) synthesis and characterization of bio-derived block copolymers as thermoplastic materials. In 2013, she started her faculty position at MTSU and her current research interests include (a) developing earth abundant transition metal catalysts for biomass conversion and (b) synthesis of organometallic complexes with bioactive molecules and their bioactivity studies.

Kathleen Field is currently an ARL post-doctoral fellow in the Emmert lab at Worcester Polytechnic Institute where her main project is the selective extraction of rare earth elements.  She received her B.S degree from Monmouth University in 2008 and her PhD from Rutgers University in 2014 under the direction of Professor Alan Goldman.   During graduate school, her research project focused on the activation of small molecules using pincer iridium catalysts but Kathleen was also a coordinator for LEEDAR, a successful high school outreach program that encouraged students to design their own experiment. 

Paul J. Fischer is a Professor of Chemistry at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, where he has regularly taught general chemistry and advanced inorganic chemistry since 2001. Fischer earned his B.S. (1993) and Ph.D. (1998) degrees from the University of Minnesota where he conducted synthesis research targeting low valent titanium carbonyl complexes with John E. Ellis. Fischer's research group at Macalester targets low valent group VI complexes with promise for applications in organic synthesis; he has co-authored eight manuscripts with undergraduate co authors in Organometallics (7) and Dalton Transactions (1) since 2005. Fischer is co-author of Inorganic Chemistry, Fifth Edition (Pearson, 2014) joining the founding authors of this textbook, Gary L. Miessler and Donald A. Tarr (deceased). 

Sarah Goforth has just completed her first year as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Campbell University where she teaches lectures and labs for inorganic and organic chemistry. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and mathematics from Furman University, and completed her graduate studies in inorganic chemistry at the University of Florida in the laboratory of Prof. Lisa McElwee-White. After receiving her PhD in 2013, she worked as a postdoctoral research associate in the laboratory of Prof. Brent Gunnoe at the University of Virginia.

David S. Heroux is an Associate Professor at Saint Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont where he regularly teaches general and inorganic chemistry. He has also taught environmental chemistry and a course on nanotechnology for non-science majors.  He received his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Kansas State University studying novel methods of semiconductor nanoparticle synthesis. His current research involves the synthesis of metal oxide heterogeneous catalysts for the production of fuels from biomass.   He recently spent a sabbatical year at the Colorado School of Mines working on a project with the National Renewable Energy Lab to upgrade pyrolysis vapors.  Additionally, he has worked as a visiting scientist at the Boreskov Institute of Catalysis in Novosibirsk, Russia.

Kevin Hoke teaches general and inorganic chemistry at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. Following an undergraduate degree at Rice University, Kevin carried out his PhD thesis work on electron transfer in copper proteins at Caltech. His postdoctoral work at Oxford and Cornell utilized electrochemical methods to study catalysis in molybdoenzymes and electron exchange properties of cytochrome c. He has been working with undergraduate researchers at Berry since 2007 and his current research investigates ligand-switching behavior in mutants of cytochrome c and redox properties of the Rieske protein.

Karen McFarlane Holman teaches inorganic chemistry, the integrated lab series, and introductory chemistry at Willamette University, a liberal arts college in Salem, OR.  She received her Ph.D. with Peter Ford at UCSB where she used laser flash photolysis with time-resolved infrared detection to investigate reactive intermediates relevant to migratory insertion reactions.  She veered away from organometallic photochemistry when she joined Mel Klein and Vittal Yachandra as a postdoc at LBNL to study the oxygen-evolving complex in Photosystem II using EXAFS and XANES.  When she joined the faculty at Willamette, she decided to return to studying chemical dynamics, and now she and her research students investigate fundamental reactions of ruthenium-based anti-cancer agents using VT-NMR, UV-Vis, and occasionally Raman and XANES. She also collaborates with biochemists to investigate the Ru-based drug interactions with RNA.  In her spare time she plays guitar in a punk band and is a DJ on the local community radio station.

Jim Kirby teaches General and Inorganic Chemistry at Quinnipiac University.  He received a BS in Chemistry from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, a M.Ed. in Instructional Learning from UMass-Amherst, and his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry studying the redox properties of polyoxometalates under Dr. Louis C. W. Baker at Georgetown University.  Jim covered a sabbatical leave at The College of William & Mary before a tenure-track position at Northwestern State University of Louisiana and his current position at Quinnipiac, where he has been since  1996.  He continues research with students in polyoxometalate chemistry and focuses his educational research on automated response systems in the smaller sized class.

Keith Krise teaches general and inorganic chemistry lecture and laboratory courses at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. He earned a Ph.D. at the Pennsylvania State University, where he studied the effects of microviscosity, bound water and protein mobility on the radiolysis and sonolysis of hen albumen (a model system for mucous membranes).    His current research focuses on the effects that high-frequency ultrasound have on the structure and function of enzymes and other bioorganic/bioinorganic molecules and nanomaterials.