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.
For our students, we intend to:
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. (summa cum laude), LeTourneau University, 2009; Ph.D., Boston College, 2016.
Courses taught: general chemistry and organic chemistry.
Dr. Baggett's research interests are on the discovery and applications of a variety of copper-catalyzed homocouplings and cross couplings of boronic acid derivatives (esters or amides) to form aryl-aryl bonds, aryl-alkyl, and alkyl-alkyl carbon-carbon bonds.
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., University of Arizona, 1989; Ph.D., Indiana University 1994. Curriculum Vita
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.
Thomas J. Reinert - Professor
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.(cum laude), Oregon State University, 1999; Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2010.
Courses taught: general chemistry, writing in chemistry, instrumental methods of analysis.
B.S., Linfield College, 2010. Ms. Siller is the laboratory coordinator for the organic chemistry program. She serves as principal lab instructor and supervises the student teaching assistants and student tutors for organic chemistry.
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 chemistry.
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.A., University of California, Riverside 1966; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1972.