The chemistry department consists of five full-time faculty members and one full-time staff members. The mission of the chemistry department is to help interested students learn chemistry. In pursuit of our mission, we offer students a sequence of courses, seminars, discussions, research, and other study opportunities designed to help them learn chemistry and attain their goals.
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About one hundred students (chemistry, biology, physics, and general science majors) enter the general chemistry sequence each year. About six to eight chemistry majors graduate each spring. Each year, undergraduate science majors collaborate with faculty on a wide range of individual research projects.
B.S., Creighton University, 1988; Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1995.
Courses taught: organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, research methods, and research.
Dr. Atkinson's principal areas of interest include both analytical and organic chemistry. Her current research includes synthesis/characterization of octa-substituted phthalocyanines, decomposition of hazardous compounds using electrified micro-heterogeneous catalysis, and the study of sonoluminescence in aqueous media.
B.S., Southern Oregon University, 2001; M.S. University of Washington, 2002; Ph.D., University of Utah, 2009.
Courses taught: general chemistry, analytical chemistry, and biochemistry.
Dr. Bestwick's research interests focus on biochemical processes within the mitochondria of cells. Currently she is interested in determining how transcription factor proteins within the organelle stimulate or repress transcription of mitochondrial DNA using an in vitro transcription system.
B.S., St. Joseph's University (PA), 1972; Ph.D., Stanford University, 1978.
Courses taught: chemistry in the atmosphere, seminar, general chemistry, physical chemistry, research methods, research, and writing in chemistry.
Dr. Diamond's interests include physical chemistry, nonlinear dynamics in chemistry, and spectroscopy. His research interests include molecular modeling, ab initio calculations of electronic structure problems, and fundamental aspects of quantum mechanics.
B.S., University of Arizona, 1989; Ph.D., Indiana University 1994.
Courses taught: general chemistry, physical chemistry, the art and science of brewing, and research.
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Dr. Gilbert's research interestes are in the area of molecular spectroscopy, nanotechnology, and brewing science. Current students in his research group are developing gold nanoparticle based probes for cellular sensing and drug delivery. He is also working with students and local breweries to develop analytical methods to support the growth of the brewers in Yamhill county.
B.Sc.(Hons), University of Huddersfield, 2004; M.Sc., University of Huddersfield, 2006; Ph.D., Portland State University, 2015.
Courses taught: General chemistry, writing in chemistry, quantitative analysis, instrumental methods of analysis.
Dr Haigh's doctoral research investigated an NMR technique that allows for increased efficacy of contrast media employed in MRI. Previously, he was an R&D scientist in the UK where he developed new drug products and analytical methods for their analysis.
B.S., Iowa State University, 1979; Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1985.
Courses taught: general chemistry, analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, advanced group theory, advanced chemistry laboratory courses, and research methods.
Dr. Reinert's major interests are focused in inorganic chemistry, including porphyrin chemistry, organometallic chemistry, and chemical applications of group theory. His current research interests include the controlled synthesis of asymmetric porphyrins, the chemistry of wine-making, molecular modeling, and the design of computer-integrated laboratories for the general chemistry curriculum.
B.S., Linfield College, 2010; Master of Public Health, Boston University, 2013.
Courses taught: organic chemistry lab, physiology lab (for HHPA).
Ms. Sours is the laboratory coordinator for the organic chemistry program. Her interests include human toxicology and health risk assessment relating to exposures to environmental contaminants.
B.S., Linfield College, 1997.
Ms. Wolcott is the laboratory coordinator for the general chemistry program. She serves as principal lab instructor and supervises the student teaching assistants and student tutors for general and organic chemistry.
B.A., University of California, Riverside 1966; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1972.