Research

Faculty Research

In addition to teaching, we work diligently to conduct research in multiple disciplines of Chemistry and Fermentation Sciences. Our research efforts have produced various notable grant awards and respected publications to help advance the chemical sciences. Chemistry is known as the "central science," and we have created partnerships with members of other related STEM departments here at Appalachian and other local and national institutions. This includes faculty and students in the field of, Biology, Physics, Environmental Science and more.

Research Areas

"Analytical chemistry is the science of obtaining, processing, and communicating information about the composition and structure of matter...Analytical chemists use their knowledge of chemistry, instrumentation, computers, and statistics to solve problems." (from the American Chemical Society)

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"Biochemistry explores chemical processes related to living organisms...Biochemists study the structure, composition, and chemical reactions of substances in living systems and, in turn, their functions and ways to control them." (from the American Chemical Society)

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"Environmental chemistry is the study of chemical processes that occur in water, air, terrestrial and living environments, and the effects of human activity on them." (from natureporfolio)

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"Inorganic chemistry is concerned with the properties and behavior of inorganic compounds, which include metals, minerals, and organometallic compounds." (from the American Chemical Society)

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"Organic chemistry is the study of the structure, properties, composition, reactions, and preparation of carbon-containing compounds...Organic chemists spend much of their time developing new compounds and finding better ways of synthesizing existing ones." (from the American Chemical Society)

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"Physical chemistry deals with the principles of physics involved in chemical interactions...Physical chemists are focused on understanding the physical properties of atoms and molecules, the way chemical reactions work, and what these properties reveal." (from the American Chemical Society

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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Currently, we only serve undergraduate students, giving us the unique chance to provide undergraduates with opportunities to gain hands-on experience researching in our labs.

Many students get involved in research because it is an integral part of undergraduate training that prepares them for graduate school and professional schools, as well as jobs in the chemical industry. Students conducting research strengthen their critical thinking skills and improve their ability to communicate effectively with their peers and mentors while gaining confidence working in a lab setting. Our faculty research mentors strive to challenge and support students during their time conducting research.

Research stipends and opportunities to travel to present research findings at local, regional, and national conferences are also available to selected students conducting research.

Get Involved

  • Determine what area in Chemistry or Fermentation Sciences you are interested in.
  • Find faculty members who share this interest.
  • Once you have an idea of a few faculty members that you may be interested in working with, send an email to each faculty member.
    • Be sure to introduce yourself by including your concentration, topics you are interested in, as well as a request to meet with them to discuss their research projects and if they are taking on students in the future.
    • This is also an opportunity to get to know each faculty member and assess who would be the best mentor for you.