Faculty and Staff


Shenda M. Baker

Professor, physical chemistry
Ph.D. California Institute of Technology
Surface and Interfacial Properties of Organic Thin Films.

Robert J. Cave

Professor, physical chemistry
Ph.D. California Institute of Technology
Theoretical studies of ground and excited states of molecules.

G. William Daub

Seeley W. Mudd Professor, organic chemistry
Ph.D. Stanford University
Development of new regioselective reactions for synthesis.

Ronald L. Grimm

Visiting Assistant Professor, physical chemistry
Ph.D. California Institute of Technology
Photoelectrochemistry and surface science to improve the performance of non-traditional semiconductors for solar fuels applications

Karl A. Haushalter

Associate Professor, chemistry and biology
Ph.D. Harvard University
“Interactions between proteins and nucleic acids; RNA interference and gene therapy approaches for treating HIV-AIDS”

Lelia N. Hawkins

Assistant Professor, environmental chemistry
Ph.D. Scripps Institution of Oceanography
“Characterization of light-absorbing compounds in atmospheric aerosol.”

Adam R. Johnson

Professor, inorganic chemistry
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Amino acid-derived ligands for the synthesis of chiral transition metal complexes and novel ligands for the synthesis of heterobimetallic complexes.

Kerry K. Karukstis

Professor, physical chemistry
Ph.D. Duke University
Spectroscopic studies of surfactant assemblies, host-guest systems, and drug-delivery vehicles.

Mitsuru Kubota

Professor Emeritus, inorganic chemistry
Ph.D. University of Illinois (Urbana)
Synthesis and reactions of organotransition metal compounds, homogeneous catalysis.

Philip C. Myhre

Professor Emeritus, organic chemistry
Ph.D. University of Washington

Thang X. Nguyen

Visiting Assistant Professor, Biochemistry
Ph.D. California Institute of Technology
Mechanistic studies of molecular chaperones

Katherine Van Heuvelen

Assistant Professor, inorganic chemistry
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
Synthesis and spectroscopic characterization of bio-inspired transition metal complexes

Gerald R. Van Hecke

Donald Strauss Professor, physical chemistry
Ph.D. Princeton University
Thermodynamics of liquid crystals.

Hal Van Ryswyk

Professor, analytical & materials chemistry
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Self-assembling molecular systems, energy and electron transfer, and solar energy conversion.

David Vosburg

Associate Professor, organic chemistry
Ph.D. Scripps Research Institute
Biomimetic cyclizations and natural product synthesis.


Daniel A. Guerra

Laboratory & Stockroom Manager
B.S. & M.S. Cal Poly Pomona
Fax: 909.607.7577
Office: Jacobs 2310

Kim Young

Administrative Assistant
Fax: 909.607.7577
Office: Jacobs 1209

Penny Manisco

Laboratory Technician & Chemical Hygiene Officer
B.S. University of Southern California
Fax: 909.607.7577
Office:  Jacobs 2314