Analytical Chemistry: Experimental studies of materials useful for adsorption of various compounds. Experimental and computational modelling of adsorption and surface modification reactions.
Inorganic Chemistry: Organic and inorganic materials for photovoltaics; near-infrared emitting materials for biosensing; ordered inorganic nanostructures; density functional theory calculation; crystallography; photocatalysts for water splitting, porphyrin chemistry.
Environmental Chemistry: Trace level analysis and the study of reactions and processes relevant to chemical contaminant migration and site remediation.
BioChemistry: Using and evolving enzymes from bacteria to address environmental contamination (both water and soil) by petroleum products and other organic waste.
Physical Chemistry: Use of NMR spectroscopy to study biological systems: protein structure in spider silks and phosphorus metabolites in freeze-tolerant animals.
Inorganic Chemistry: The design and use of biomimetic catalysts (molecules that mimic enzyme behavior) to carry out "green" oxidation reactions using atmospheric oxygen.
Analytical Chemistry: Use of electrochemical reactions in the operation of functional microfluidic devices for materials synthesis and processing as well as chemical and biological applications.
Physical Chemistry: High resolution vibrational and rotational spectroscopy and visible emission spectroscopy of environmentally relevant species; investigation of molecular interactions of possible atmospheric significance.
Physical Chemistry: Study of the structure, properties, and dynamics of molecules and van der Waals species by Fourier-transform microwave spectroscopy; ionic and radical species; calculation of molecular properties using computational chemistry.
Biochemistry:Microbial polysaccharide metabolism for the identification of enzymes and renewable materials by proteomics and metabolomics techniques; Zn-metalloenzymes; role of metalloproteases in diseases; spectroscopic characterization of metalloenzymes; bioinorganic chemistry.
Inorganic Chemistry: Supramolecular self-assembly of organic and inorganic modules into functional solids; synthesis and characterization of mechanically interlocked molecules, Metal-Organic-Rotaxane-Frameworks (MORF's).
Chemical Education: Development of activities, experiments, and methods which enhance and improve the teaching/learning of (introductory) chemistry.
Organic Chemistry: Synthesis of organic materials; new methodology for organic synthesis via phosphonates; natural products isolation and chemistry.
Organic Chemistry: Molecular shape directed supramolecular assemblies; analysis of electrostatic contacts in competitive crystal environments; structure-property relationships; X-ray crystallography.
Organic Chemistry: Organic synthesis of Basket shaped molecular containers based on Resorcinarene and calixarene; Synthesis of Tweezers shaped organic molecules. Molecular recognition studies upon the synthesized molecular hosts.