The Chemistry Department prides itself in close student/professor relationships and the availability of individualized instruction. This helps account for the excellent
achievement and placement records of our graduates. Each faculty member is actively involved in classroom and laboratory instruction, and many conduct scholarly
research activities. Fields of specialization include biochemistry, organic, analytical, inorganic, physical and environmental chemistry as well as science education.
Faculty are listed below along with his or her areas of expertise and research interests.


Faculty Listing


Gil Belofsky

Associate Professor, Organic Chemistry. Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1996; Isolation and Characterization of Organic Compounds from Natural Sources. Investigations of the Biological Activities and Potential Pharmacological Relevance of Isolated Compounds
Timothy BengAssistant Professor, Organic Chemistry. Ph.D., University of Arkansas, 2011. Dynamics and Catalytic Resolution of Selected Chiral Organolithiums
Anthony DiazDepartment Chair, Professor, Inorganic Chemistry.  Ph.D., Oregon State University, 1996; Luminescence, Energy Transfer and Degradation Processes in Solid State Luminescent Systems
Levente Fabry-AsztalosProfessor, Organic Chemistry. Ph.D., Washington State University, 2001; Design and Synthesis of Inhibitors of Therapeutically Important Enzymes
Yingbin GeGraduate Coordinator, Associate Professor, Physical Chemistry. Ph.D., University of Hawaii, 2004; Theoretical and Computational Chemistry; Thermodynamics; Chemical Kinetics and Dynamics; Theoretical Study of Nanoclusters and Astronomical Species
Anne JohansenProfessor, Environmental Engineering Science. Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1999; Chemical Composition of Ambient Aerosol Particles
Todd KrollAssistant Professor, Biochemistry. Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 2002; Identification and characterization of protein-protein interactions that induce frontal cortical areas of the brain
Martha KurtzProfessor, Chemical Education. Ph.D., Arizona State University, 1995; Critical Thinking Skill Assessment, Environment-based Integrated Inquiry, and Academic Service-Learning

JoAnn Peters

Professor, Organic Chemistry. Ph.D., Harvard University, 1986;    Organic Reaction Mechanisms, Study of Singlet Carbenes Including Oxonium and Fluoronium Ylides
Robert RittenhouseAssociate Chair, Senior Lecturer, Physical/Inorganic Chemistry.Ph.D., Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1975; Computational Biochemistry as Applied to the Catalytic Function of Metalloenzymes in Particular the Fidelity Assurance Mechanism Used in DNA Repair by DNA Polymerases
Dion Rivera Associate Professor, Physical/Analytical, Ph.D., University of Utah, 2000; Spectroscopic investigations of macromolecular complexes of polyelectrolytes and surfactants. Investigations of the effect of nanoparticle metal oxides on the optical properties of polyelectrolyte/surfactant formulations.
Tim SoreyAssociate Professor, Chemical Education. Ph.D., Montana State University, 2005; Supporting Student Inquiry in the Laboratory through a Research-Based Approach and Use of Computer-Based Measurement Technology.
P. Whitney Swain IIILecturer, Biochemistry.  Ph.D., University of Montana, Missoula, 2010; Synthesis and Structure Activity Relationship Studies of Natural Product-Derived Compound Libraries.

Carin Thomas

Professor, Biochemistry. Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno, 1991; Mitochondrial Biochemistry, Reactive Oxygen Species, Toxicology