Faculty / Staff

Faculty


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Eric Finney, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor

Colorado State University, Ph.D., 2009

253-535-7368

Rieke Science Center, Room 231

Education:

  • Western Washington University, B.S., 2002
  • Colorado State University, Ph.D., 2009
  • Related:

    Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Washington 2010-2012

Teaching Related

  • CHEM 115: General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 116: General Chemistry II

Research and Scholarship

  • Organocatalyzed and organometallic activation of CO2
  • Organic electrochemistry for greener, more efficient reaction conditions
  • Mechanisms of nanocluster formation
  • Forensic chemistry

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Jon Freeman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

University of British Columbia, Ph. D., 2011

253-535-7541

Rieke Science Center, Room 246

Education:

  • St. John's University, B.A., 2004
  • University of British Columbia, Ph. D., 2011

Teaching Related

Research and Scholarship


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Craig Fryhle, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair

Brown University, Ph.D., 1985

253-535-8314

Rieke Science Center, Room 240

http://www.chem.plu.edu/node/503

Education:

  • Gettysburg College, BA, 1979
  • Brown University, Ph.D., 1985
  • Related:

    University of Washington, postdoctoral research, 1985-1986

Teaching Related

Professor Fryhle regularly teaches organic chemistry and advanced organic chemistry, and has also taught instrumental analysis, introduction to research, general chemistry, and  non-majors organic and biochemistry.

Research and Scholarship

Professor Fryhle began his career at PLU in 1986 working on organic synthesis targets related to natural products and potential enzyme inhibitors.  In 1993 he began a collaboration with Graham Solomons (University of South Florida) on the textbook Organic Chemistry (John Wiley and Sons, Inc.) leading to coauthorship of the 7th edition in 2000.   Their textbook is used around the world in eight languages.  They most recently published the 11th edition in 2014, with Scott Snyder (Scripps Research Institute) joining as coauthor. 

Professor Fryhle has been chair of the PLU Chemistry Department for 14 years and a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) for over 25 years.  He was chair of the ACS Puget Sound Section (PSS) in 1999 and currently serves on the ACS PSS Executive Committee as a Councilor.


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Adam Glass, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor

University of Oregon, Ph.D., 2011

253-535-7596

Rieke Science Center, Room 231

http://www.chem.plu.edu/glass

Education:

  • Pacific University, B.S., 2006
  • University of Oregon, Ph.D., 2011

Teaching Related

  • To encourage students to think critically about the natural world
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Organometallic Chemistry
  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Developing "real world" skills in the chemistry lab

Research and Scholarship

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Method Development
  • Aromatic Systems 
  • Enzyme Inhibition
  • Taking inspiration from nature
  • Computational Chemistry

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Justin Lytle, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

University of Minnesota, Ph.D., 2005

253-535-7555

Rieke Science Center, Room 245

Education:

  • Wittenberg University, B.A., 2000
  • University of Minnesota, Ph.D., 2005
  • Related:

    U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

    2005-2008

Teaching Related

 Inspire students to excel in chemistry with:

  • clear and interesting lectures
  • fun chemistry demonstrations
  • personalized attention outside of the classroom
  • a learning environment that emphasizes patience and caring for their personal well-being

Research and Scholarship

Foster undergraduate research opportunities that enrich students’ practical understanding of chemistry in order to prepare them for advanced studies in the sciences.       

 

Teach students polymer, sol-gel, and vapor-phase fabrication techniques to prepare nanoarchitectured materials:

  • colloidal crystals
  • inverse opals
  • aerogels
  • nanopipes
  • Electrochemically test nanomaterials as battery, capacitor, and fuel cell electrodes that rapidly discharge and re-charge
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  • Characterize the physical properties of these nanomaterials with:
    • electron and atomic force microscopies
    • nitrogen porosimetry
    • X-ray diffraction
    • thermal analyses
    • X-ray, UV-Vis, and FTIR spectroscopies

 


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Andrea Munro, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

University of Washington, Ph.D., 2008

253-538-6393

Rieke Science Center, Room 244

Education:

  • University of Washington, B.S., 2003
  • University of Washington, Ph.D., 2008
  • Related:

    NSF-ACC Postdoctoral Fellowship with Professor Neal Armstrong, University of Arizona, 2008-2010

Teaching Related

Chem 115 - General Chemistry 1

Chem 116 - General Chemistry 2

Chem 341 - Physical Chemistry 1

Chem 342 - Physical Chemistry 2

Chem 343 - Physical Chemistry Lab 1

Chem 344 - Physical Chemistry Lab 2

Chem 410 - Introduction to Research

Research and Scholarship

We investigate colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals and the effects of various ligands on the properties of those nanocrystals as a function of nanocrystal shape.  Students in the Munro Lab synthesize CdSe nanocrystal spheres, rods, and belts using air-free techniques.  We use XRD, TEM, AFM, and ICP to characterize the crystal structure and shape of the nanocrystals we study.  Student researchers exchange the native ligands on the nancrystal surface with pyridine, benzenethiol, and dithiocarbamate derivatives and characterize the effects of ligand exchange using UV/vis absorbance, photoluminescence, and NMR spectroscopy.  In each study we compare the effects of a given ligand on nanocrystal properties as a function of nanocrystal shape. 


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Brian Naasz, Ph.D.

Resident Assistant Professor

University of California at Berkeley, Ph.D., 1986

253-535-8104

Morken Center for Learning and Tech., Room 2xx

Education:

  • Seattle University, B.S, 1982
  • University of California at Berkeley, Ph.D., 1986

Teaching Related

Chem 104 Environmental Chemistry

Chem 320 Analytical Chemistry

ENVT 499 Environmental Studies Capstone

Research and Scholarship


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Tina Saxowsky, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Ph.D. 2003

253-538-6375

Rieke Science Center, Room 242

Education:

  • Lewis & Clark College, B.S. 1996
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Ph.D. 2003
  • Related:

    Postdoctoral Fellowship: Emory University School of Medicine 2003-2010

Teaching Related

Biochemistry

Research and Scholarship


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Sheri Tonn, Ph.D. (on sabbatical 2014-2015)

Professor

Northwestern University, Ph.D., 1976

253-535-7530

Education:

  • Oregon State University, Ph.D. 1971
  • Northwestern University, Ph.D., 1976

Teaching Related

  • CHEM 104 - Environmental Chemistry
  • CHEM 115 - General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 116 - General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 338 - Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 403 - Biochemistry
  • CHEM 405 - Advanced Biochemistry and Lab
  • CHEM 435 - Instrumental Analysis

Research and Scholarship


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Dean Waldow, Ph.D.

Professor

University of Wisconsin, Ph.D., 1989

253-535-7533

Rieke Science Center, Room 243

http://www.chem.plu.edu/waldow/

Education:

  • Augustana College, B.A., 1984
  • University of Wisconsin, Ph.D., 1989
  • Related: NRC-NIST Post-doctoral Award, 1989-1991

Teaching Related

  • CHEM 115 - General Chemistry I Lab
  • CHEM 116 - General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 341 - Physical Chemistry I
  • CHEM 343 - Physical Chemistry Lab I
  • CHEM 342 - Physical Chemistry II
  • CHEM 344 - Physical Chemistry Lab II
  • CHEM 410 - Intro to Research
  • CHEM 420 - Instrumental Analysis (also previous version: CHEM 435)
  • CHEM 456 - Polymers and Biopolymers
  • CHEM 499 - Capstone: Seminar (also previous versions: CHEM 460 and CHEM 490)

Research and Scholarship

  • Statics and kinetics of phase separation in multi-component polymer blends both in build and as thin films using
    • light scattering
    • optical and atomic force microscopy
    • neutron scattering
    • Monte Carlo techniques
  • Applications of macro and microphase separation to energy related materials
  • Use of metathesis, anionic, and controlled radical synthetic techniques to produce new materials for macro and microphase separation applications
  • Polymer/structure relationships studied via spin-lattice relaxation measurements of local segmental dynamics in polymers
  • Promoting the teaching and learning of research in an undergraduate setting via
    • incorporation of research activities in traditional courses
    • development of Internet resources for undergraduate research
    • an active and externally funded local undergraduate research program
  • Incorporation of information technology in lecture and laboratory settings

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Neal Yakelis, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

University of Michigan, Ph.D., 2003

253-535-7554

Rieke Science Center, Room 241

Education:

  • Allegheny College, B.S., 1997
  • University of Michigan, Ph.D., 2003
  • Related:

    NIH Kirschstein Fellow, University of California Berkeley, 2003-2005

Teaching Related

  • CHEM 115:  General Chemistry I with Laboratory
  • CHEM 116:  General Chemistry II with Laboratory
  • CHEM 331:  Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 333:  Oraganic Chemistry I Laboratory
  • CHEM 332:  Organic Chemsitry II
  • CHEM 334:  Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
  • CHEM 336:  Organic Special Projects Laboratory
  • CHEM 440:  Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 499:  Chemistry Senior Capstone

Research and Scholarship

  • synthetic methodology involving Diels-Alder reactions of electron-poor dienes
  • hydroxyureas and safe alternatives to phosgene
  • selective catalytic olefination reactions
  • antimicrobial natural products
  • green chemistry

Staff


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Hakme Lee, M.S.

Chemistry Laboratory Manager

University of Maryland-College Park, M.S., 2013

253-535-7558

Rieke Science Center, Room 237

Education:

  • Pacific Lutheran University, B.S., 2007
  • University of Maryland-College Park, M.S., 2013

Teaching Related

Research and Scholarship


Emeritus


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Charles Anderson, Ph. D.

Harvard University, M. A., 1954; Ph. D., 1959

Education:

  • St. Olaf College, B. A., 1952
  • Harvard University, M. A., 1954; Ph. D., 1959

Teaching Related

Research and Scholarship


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William Giddings, Ph.D.

Research Emeritus Professor

Harvard University, A.M, 1956, Ph.D., 1959

Education:

  • DePauw University, B.A., 1954
  • Harvard University, A.M, 1956, Ph.D., 1959

Teaching Related

General chemistry and organic chemistry

Research and Scholarship

Organic Chemistry


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Laurence Huestis, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

University of California, Davis, Ph.D., 1960

Education:

  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1956
  • University of California, Davis, Ph.D., 1960
  • Related: University of Minnesota, 1960-1961

Teaching Related

General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, and Mineralogy

Research and Scholarship

Organic Synthesis, Analytical (rare earth compounds), and Mineralogy


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Burton Nesset, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Purdue University, M.S., 1960, Ph.D., 1962

Education:

  • St. Olaf College, B.A., 1957
  • Purdue University, M.S., 1960, Ph.D., 1962

Teaching Related

Biochemistry and Nutrition

Research and Scholarship


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Terrence Nicksic, Ph.D. (Retired Staff)

Laboratory Supervisor

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D., 1979

Education:

  • Gonzaga University, 1968
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D., 1979

Teaching Related

Research and Scholarship


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Duane Swank, Ph.D.

Montana State University, Ph.D., 1969

253-535-7556

Rieke Science Center, Room 231

Education:

  • Washington State University, B.S., 1964
  • Montana State University, Ph.D., 1969
  • Related:

    Pacific Lutheran University, MBA, 1982

    Washington State University, Teaching/Reseach Postdoc, 1968-70

Teaching Related

Research and Scholarship


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Fred Tobiason, Ph.D.

Research Professor Emeritus

Michigan State University, Ph.D., 19xx

Education:

  • Pacific Lutheran University, B.A., 1958
  • Michigan State University, Ph.D., 19xx

Teaching Related

Physical chemistry and polymers

Research and Scholarship

General chemistry, physical chemistry, and polymer chemistry