Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Atmospheric Sciences
College of Science, Engineering, and Technology
Chemistry is the study of how matter behaves at its most basic level. The central science, chemistry, is involved in everything that we do. Its applications stretch across all areas of life, including medicine, engineering and agriculture.
Analytical / Environmental Chemistry
Dr. Fengxiang Han
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Research: Nutrient recycling (C, N, P) and eutrophication, environmental chemistry and biogeochemistry of heavy metals, trace elements and radionuclides, phyto/bio/chemical remediation , surface chemistry, carbon sequestration and global warming.
Dr. Zikri Arslan
Research: Chemistry of transition and heavy metals, development of analytical methods, understanding pathways of incorporation and impacts on environment, natural resources and human life.
Dr. Yiming Liu
Bioanalytical chemistry using HPLC, GC-MS, and CE. Analysis of neuropeptides, neurotoxins, and their metabolites in neuronal models such as Aplysia.
Dr. Hiroyasu Tachikawa
Electrochemical biosensors. Raman spectroscopy of thin films.
Biochemistry / Toxicology
Dr. Naomi Campbell
Research: Environmental genome.
National Center for Toxicological Research, Jefferson, Arkansas
Dr. I. Victor Ogungbe
Research: Isolation, structure elucidation, bioassay development and molecular modeling of bioactive natural products.
Dr. Md. Alamgir Hossain
Anion recognition and selectivity with charged and neutral receptors; Photoinduced molecular sensors; Solution and solid state studies of host guest interactions; Sulfur containing metallacycles for catalysis in C-C coupling reactions.
Dr. Ashton Hamme
Professor of Chemistry
Natural Product Synthesis, Synthetic Methodology, and Hetrocyclic Synthesis
Dr. Ken S. Lee
Professor of Chemistry
Organic Synthesis: Structure Modification of Steroids for introducing carboxylic group to ligate transition metals;
Photodegradation of Dye induced by Titanium Oxide
Dr. Julia Saloni
General and Organic Chemistry
Dr. Ifedayo Victor Ogungbe
Natural products, molecular recognition and interactions, bioinspired design using computational chemistry, structural biology, organic synthesis, as well as biochemical (in vitro and in vivo) assays.
Dr. Glake Hill, Associate Professor
Development of tools to provide accurate information about relatively large systems. Using Quantum Monte Carlo methods, Localization methods, basis set extrapolation methods and other innovative techniques, accurate calculations on systems that are computationally difficult.
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Dr. Ming-Ju Huang, Professor
Computer-Aided Drug Design, QSAR, Molecular Similarity.
Dr. William A. Lester, Jr., Adjunct Professor
Theoretical studies of electronic structure and dynamical processes of molecules. Using quantum Monte Carlo method (QMC) to chemical problems that form the traditional domain of quantum chemistry.
Dr. Jerzy Leszczynski Professor, Presidential Distinguished Fellow
Nature of chemical bonds, theoretical predictions of molecular potential energy surfaces and vibrational spectra, structures and properties of molecules with heavy elements, tautomerism of classical and non-classical nucleic acid bases, surface chemistry, atmospheric chemistry.
Dr. Paresh C. Ray, Professor of Chemistry
NLO materials, Nanoparticle, Theoretical understanding, Biosensors based on calorimetric and laser spectroscopic techniques, Synthesis and Characterization of nanomaterialsm and nano-bio interactions. Alternative energy source based on plasma technology, plasma spectroscopy.
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Dr. John Watts, Professor
Coupled-cluster theory and applications, excited states, free radicals, transition metal chemistry.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The chemistry program involves a deep study of matter and its properties.
In your classrooms and labs, you will synthesize, analyze and test substances to gain understanding of how and why they combine or separate to form other substances, as well as how they interact with energy. You will also have opportunities to work with faculty on real-world research and gain field experience for pay or academic credit.
LEARN BY DOING
From your first day on campus, you will learn to be a scientist by BEING a scientist and work your way up to developing and testing your own hypotheses. You will create new substances, test theories using chemical analysis, create processes to make unstable molecules more stable, and more. At Jackson State University, you will become a part of the process of creating new scientific knowledge.
“Challenging Minds, Changing Lives.”
APPLY YOUR KNOWLEDGE
Your time will be spent collecting and analyzing data or running experiments on state-of-the-art equipment – not solely sitting at desks.
Chemistry majors have a plethora of career options after studying general, analytical, organic, physical chemistry, and biochemistry:
|Chemical Engineer||Chemical Analyst||Chemical Information Specialist||Chemical Oceanographer|
|Chemical Safety Officer||Chemical Technician||Chemist||Clinical Chemist|
|Clinical Data Analyst||Clinical Research Associate||Clinical Research Coordinator||Crime Lab Assistant|
|DNA Analyst||Energy Engineer||Energy Researcher||Food And Drug Inspector|
|Food Chemist||Forensic Lab Analyst||Industrial Chemist||Laboratory Manger|
|Materials Scientist||Nuclear Chemist||Petroleum Chemist||Pharmacist|
For many years, we have played a central role in new chemical developments and advancements.
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