This site hosts information about my teaching and undergraduate research projects. My teaching typically is either in physical chemistry related upper division courses or general chemistry in the lower division. I teach a macromolecules related course every other year and instrumental analysis annually.
My last sabbatical was during 2012-2013. During this time, I worked the majority of time in the laboratory of Dr. David Ginger at the University of Washington. We have published a paper on some of that work. I also spent about three months at the Joint Institute of Neutron Science collaborating with Dr. Mark Dadmun of the University of Tennessee – Knoxville studying neutron scattering of polymer-based thermoelectrics and conducting polymers in solution.
At PLU, my research group studies a variety of topics in the polymer field including polymer dynamics, thin polymer films, compatibilization of polymer blends, and more recently organic photovoltaics (OPV). We utilize a variety of techniques including atomic force microscopy, light scattering, solution and solids NMR, and small angle neutron scattering. I am grateful to the various sponsors of these research projects and my undergraduate research students.
I typically mentor 2-4 students a year in a variety of research projects. Students can work on projects ranging from synthesis to physical chemistry of polymers using both experimental and computer simulation techniques. If you are a PLU student and interested in research, please stop by and I can describe my research. If you are interested in working on one of the projects, there are a number possibilities where that can happen. Students can work during the academic year or apply for a research stipend when available during the summer.