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Faculty Research


Cooper Battle, Assistant Professor

Non-covalent assembly to better design fluorescent sensors that mimic the high sensitivity and responsiveness of cellular machinery

Synthesis of bioactive polysaccharide/small molecule conjugates with potential applications in targeted drug delivery

Andrew Duncan, Professor

Development of chiral organic catalysts derived from 2-amino sugars: simple compounds for tricky tasks

Ring-closing metathesis reactions of allenes: developing new methods for making synthetically challenging large-ring molecules

Analytical and Environmental Chemistry

David Griffith, Associate Professor; Department Chair

Photochemical and microbial degradation of steroidal estrogens

Estrogen halogenation kinetics in wastewater treatment plants

Modeling estrogen fate in sewage-impacted waters

Validating traditional estrogen bioassays


Alison Fisher, Associate Professor

Biosynthesis of isoprene (2-methyl-1,3-butadiene) in Campylopus introflexus (heath star moss)

Enhancement of biofuel production in the microalgae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

Inorganic, Bioinorganic, and Organometallic Chemistry

Karen Holman, Professor

Ligand exchange reactions of Ru(II) and Ru(III) anti-cancer drugs using infrared spectroelectrochemistry

X-ray spectroscopic determination of electron distribution in Ru-Cl bonds in ruthenium-based anti-cancer drugs and their derivatives

Kinetics of short-lived intermediates generated by laser flash photolysis of metal nitrosyl and carbonyl complexes (in collaboration with Prof. Williamson)

Binding and cleavage studies of metal complexes with tRNA (in collaboration with Prof. Kirk)


Scott Meyer, Visiting Assistant Professor

Development of Biosensors for the detection of DNA damage using split signaling proteins

Development of novel in vitro selection methodologies based on phage display

Physical Chemistry

Chuck Williamson, Professor

Characterization of liquid-liquid coexistence curves by laser light scattering

Assessment of solvent shell structure and microscopic interactions in liquid-liquid mixtures using Raman spectroscopy

Nanosecond time-resolved investigations of fluorescence up-conversion from mixtures of ruthenium compounds and organic molecules

Development of NMR spectroscopy techniques for studying liquid-liquid behavior

Raman spectroelectrochemical investigations of Ru(II) and Ru(III) anti-cancer compounds, (in collaboration with Professor Holman)

Willamette University

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