2012 Workshop Participants & Organizers



Henry Acquaye
The main area of my research is coordination chemistry, with emphasis on the development of new transition metal complexes.  The reactivity of the complexes as catalysts for oxidation reactions and reactivity towards biologically important molecules such as CT-DNA are studied.  My current work involves the synthesis of Ruthenium complexes utilizing both the 2,2’:6’,2”-terpyridine, substituted terpyridines and the Schiff base ligands such as, 2-(2- hydroxyphenyl)benzoxazole, (HPB) groups.  This summer, I have four undergraduate students working on various research projects. 
Chris Bradley
Chris Bradley received B.S. degrees in chemistry and biology from the University of Kentucky in 2001. He then moved to Ithaca, New York and received his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry under the direction of Paul Chirik in 2006. Chris then spent the next two and half years as a postdoctoral associate in the Tilley group at the University of California, Berkeley. Since 2008, he has been an assistant professor of chemistry at Texas Tech University, where his research focuses on development of reactive Co(I) sources for small molecule activation. He was named the 2011 Research Mentor of the Year by the Center for Undergraduate Research at Texas Tech.
Carol J. Breaux
I received a BS in Chemistry from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, TX in 1985 and I earned a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis in 1992.  I am currently an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO.  I have four children and I currently reside in Springfield, MO. 
Sibrina Collins
Sibrina N. Collins is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at The College of Wooster, where she has been a member of the faculty since 2008. Collins received her B.A. from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan (1994) and her M.S. degree (1996) and Ph.D. (2000) from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Her research interests include the biological activity of transition metal complexes, inorganic synthesis and history of the chemical sciences.
Nicole Crowder
K. Nicole Crowder earned her B.S. in Chemistry from Sweet Briar College and her Ph.D. from Princeton University under the direction of Prof. Jeff Schwartz. Her research at the University of Mary Washington focuses on surface modifications techniques for metal oxides.
Anthony Fernandez
Anthony is an Associate Professor at Merrimack College and has just finished his 12th year there.  He received both his B.A. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Boston University (advisors - Warren Giering and Al Prock) and completed a post-doctoral stint with Tony Poë at the University of Toronto.  When not teaching or chasing after his two young sons, Anthony tries to get some research (involving solid state reactions to Rh-PNP complexes) done, but he is often unsuccessful.
Emma Goldman
I have taught at Univ. of Richmond for the past 28 years.  I teach a range of courses from nonMajors, Gen chem, organic, Inorganic, and upper level Organometallics.  My research interests range from transition metal-silicon bonded complexes to finding catalysts for the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide. 
Tess (Marites) A. Guino-o
When my mom named me, she combined Maria with Teresa, thus Marites.  But, I like to be called Tess, although I am also open to other nicknames.  Some pet names from friends and relatives are Tet, Teth, Tikya, Matet, Tessa, Tek, and Tetug. 
I am an Assistant Professor in University of St. Thomas.  I teach Inorganic Chemistry to 4th year students and General Chemistry to first years.  I also teach Organometallic Chemistry every other January term.  I finished my PhD at Syracuse University under Prof. Karin Ruhlandt and post-doc at Dartmouth College under Prof. David Glueck.
Chris Hamaker
I am an associate professor at Illinois State University, where I have been since 2001.  I received my B.S. in Chemistry from Eastern Michigan University and my Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Iowa State University. My current research interests are in coordination chemistry, crystallography, and environmental chemistry. 
Matt Hartings
Matt did a stint as a postdoc in Harry Gray's lab after he received his PhD at Northwestern with Mark Ratner and Tom Meade. Matt is an assistant professor at American University where he teaches the Chemistry of Cooking alongside inorganic. Matt's research interests center around altering protein function with inorganic complexes.
John Lee
I have accepted a position of assistant professor of inorganic chemistry at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga (UTC) starting fall of this year.  I received my Ph.D. in chemistry in 2008 under the direction of Professor T. Brent Gunnoe from North Carolina State University, and then spent 2 years as an industrial research/development chemist at Eastman Chemical Company, and I am currently finishing a teaching-research post-doctoral position at UTC.  In my limited (becoming more limited everyday) spare time I enjoy cycling, running, and visiting National Parks.  
Shirley Lin
Shirley Lin received her S.B. degree from MIT, conducting research with Richard R. Schrock, and her Ph.D. from Stanford under the supervision of Robert M. Waymouth. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at The Scripps Research Institute with Julius Rebek Jr., she joined the faculty at the United States Naval Academy in 2002. Her current research interests include developing concurrent tandem catalytic methods employing aryl halide substrates, the synthesis of novel polymeric materials, and supramolecular chemistry involving cucurbiturils. 
Sherri Lovelace-Cameron
Professor, Youngstown State University in the Chemistry Department
Areas of research include: Synthesis of Metal Organic Frameworks to use as adsorbents;  Synthesis and electrochemistry of novel organometallic polymers; Using Service learning or the Self-Regulated Learning model to enhance student  learning.
Jim Mack
I earned my Ph.D. In Physical Inorganic Chemistry from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.
I retired as a Staff Engineer from Johnson & Johnson Inc. in New Brunswick, NJ.  I came to Fort Valley State University, in Fall of 1995 as the Department Chair for 14 years and now I am  a Professor of Chemistry.  I teach Advanced Inorganic chemistry and other courses.
Mike Norris
I am a fourth year graduate student working as a joint student between Prof. Joe Templeton and Prof. Thomas Meyer.  My research focuses on light harvesting and water oxidation catalysis with the goal of making a dye-sensitized photoelectrosynthesis device.
Abby O’Connor
I am an assistant professor in the department of chemistry at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ. Research in my lab is focused on the development of more cost-effective and energy efficient means to produce our supply of fuels and chemicals. We are interested in the preparation of new, less expensive metal complexes to be used as catalysts to produce chemical feedstocks. We are currently exploring the activity of new nickel and palladium complexes for use in different catalytic applications and will study the mechanism of these reactions with hopes to develop better and more improved catalysts. My teaching interests are quite broad ranging from the areas of inorganic, in particular organometallics to organic chemistry to general chemistry. I currently mentor undergraduates in my research lab and am very interested in outreach activities. When I am not working, I like to cook, bike, workout, and watch football.
Gerard Rowe
After graduating from high school in North Carolina, he went off to college on Long Island, attending Stony Brook University. While there, he studied in the lab of Michelle Millar, working on the synthesis of chelating dithiol ligands for use in biomimetic metal complexes. After graduating in 2002, he attended graduate school at Boston University in the lab of John Caradonna. His thesis work focused on mechanistic studies of a functional, nonheme-diiron monooxygenase model complex oxidation catalyst system. In 2008, once he learned to pronounce his project's name without gasping for air, he was allowed to graduate with a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry. From there, he travelled to the suburbs of Boston, where he held a postdoctoral fellowship in synthetic inorganic chemistry at Brandeis University with Christine Thomas. During his postdoctoral fellowship, he split his efforts between bioinorganic ligand synthesis and computational chemistry using density functional theory.At USC-Aiken, Dr. Rowe continues his research in the field of bioinorganic chemistry; specifically, building small-molecule models of the active sites of enzymes that contain copper. He also teaches Inorganic Chemistry and General Chemistry classes.
Anne Ryter
I have been teaching chemistry at Western State College of Colorado since 1996.  My family and I enjoy living in the mountains giving us opportunity to hike, bike and ski.
Tricia Stan
I am a member of the Taylor University Chemistry and Biochemistry Faculty.  I oversee the hiring and supervision of student workers for the department and teach a variety of labs.  Classes I teach include upper level Inorganic Chemistry, Forensic Science and Chemistry for Living.  Other projects that I am currently working on are making connection to provide our students with more internship opportunities and learning about green chemistry practices to incorporate more labs and teaching into our curriculum.
Dave Weinberg
David R. Weinberg received his B.A. from the University of San Diego and his Ph.D. in organometallic C-H bond activation chemistry from Prof. John E. Bercaw and Dr. Jay A. Labinger at California Institute of Technology. He studied carbon dioxide reduction catalysis as a postdoctoral associate with Professor Thomas J. Meyer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently an assistant professor at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado, where his research focuses on C-H bond activation chemistry and on the generation of solar fuels.
Matt Whited
Originally from Raleigh, NC, Matt received his B.S. in chemistry from Davidson College (2004) and Ph.D. in chemistry from Caltech (2009) working on small-molecule activation using both cheap (Fe, Co) and expensive (Ir) metals under the guidance of Bob Grubbs and Jonas Peters.  After a postdoctoral stint with Mark Thompson at USC investigating physical inorganic and materials chemistry aspects of organic solar cells, he accepted a position at Carleton College, where he began in 2011.  His research interests involve multiple bonds of late transition metals, inorganic photochemistry, and catalytic small-molecule activation.
Barbara Reisner
Barb has been a member of the IONiC Leadership Council since 2007. She helped to start and administers the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry and is in her fifth and final year as a member of the DIC Executive Committee. As an associate professor at James Madison University, she has an active undergraduate research group that works on new - and hopefully porous - polyazolylborate hybrid frameworks. Barb also has interests in assessment and chemical education. In addition to teaching inorganic chemistry, Barb is a core member of the general chemistry staff and teaches Literature & Seminar - the course on literature research methods and communication in science. Barb enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, and singing. She just finished performing the Bach Mass in B minor and the premiere of Eugene Friesen’s Glory with the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival’s Chamber Choir & Chorus.
Sheila Smith
I am an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Michigan- Dearborn in the Department of Natural Sciences.   My B.S. in Chemistry is from North Carolina State University and my Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry is from the University of North Carolina. I post- doc’ed at Amherst College in biochemistry/inorganic and then at Michigan State University in Biophysical Chemistry before joining the UMDearborn faculty in 2001, where I was tenured/promoted in 2008.  My research focuses on the characterization of metal interactions (specifically iron and copper) with proteins. For several years now I have been the lead instructor for CHEM 136, the second semester general chemistry course at UMDearborn in addition to rotations through all of the 300- and 400- level required inorganic courses in the ACS approved curriculum.  I have also developed a cross-listed  (BCHM/CHEM) course in the chemistry of metals in biological systems.   I am part of the Leadership Council of IONIC/VIPEr.  In my spare time (whatever that is), I camp,hike, bike, ski, skate and kayak with my 6 y.o. American Foxhound, Bean. 
B. Scott Williams
B. Scott Williams received his B. S. from Harvey Mudd College in 1995, and his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Karen Goldberg at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA in 2000. He did an NATO-NSF Postdoc with Gerard van Koten at Universiteit Utrecht and a second postdoc with Brookhart at UNC, Chapel Hill. He has taught at the Keck (formerly Joint) Science Department of Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges since 2003. His research focuses on the development of mechanistic understanding of ligand effects on C-H and C-C bond making and breaking with platinum group metals. He has taught general, organic, and inorganic chemistry regularly, and has also taught in the Advanced Laboratory in chemistry and a humanities seminar on Early Modern Anglo-Dutch religious, epistemological, and political thought. He was a founding member of IONiC, sings occasionally with the college choir, and looks forward to team teaching in the joint introductory course of chemistry, biology, and physics next year with colleagues from biology and physics. 
Hilary Eppley
Hilary is a founding member of IONiC VIPEr and currently directs DePauw’s Science Research Fellows honors program.  She has now been a Hoosier for over half her lifespan.   She teaches first year and advanced level inorganic courses at DePauw University and directs undergraduate research on inorganic reactions in ionic liquids and ionogels.   A long time ago she got her Ph.D. under George Christou making single molecule magnets.   When she is not up to her eyeballs in work, she runs, hikes, and tries her best (usually unsuccessfully) to corral her 3 year old.  
Joanne Stewart

Joanne started her adventures in chemical education as part of the NSF-sponsored ChemLinks consortium in the mid 90’s. She is a faculty member in the chemistry department at Hope College where she has worked with over 50 undergraduate research students. She is very interested in interdisciplinary teaching and learning and especially in how students integrate their knowledge to tackle complex problems. She has developed interdisciplinary courses on abrupt climate change and on the history of our concept of time. Although she hates the word balance, she does believe in spending a lot of time with her two teenagers and in working for social justice in her local community.