Chemistry Faculty & Staff

bhamstra

Brent Hamstra, PhD

Chair and Professor of Chemistry
Hickman Science Center, Room 3303C
423.236.2203
Email

Courses

  • General Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Tutoring Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Synthesis of novel ligands containing biologically relevant donor types, and the synthesis and characterization of their complexes with biologically important metal ions

Academics

  • BS in Chemistry from Andrews University
  • PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Michigan

mduffy

Matthew P. Duffy, PhD

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Hickman Science Center, Room 3113D
423.236.2219
Email

Courses

  • Research in Chemistry
  • Survey of Health Chemistry
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry Laboratory

Research Interests

  • Synthesizing organophosphorus molecules that have never been made before and testing their properties
  • Designing/synthesizing organophosphorus molecules with specific properties for particular applications, e.g. molecules for organic electronics (OLEDs, OPVs, OFETs, etc.)

Academics

  • BS in Chemistry from La Sierra University
  • MS in Chemistry from University of California, Riverside
  • PhD in Chemistry from Nanyang Technological University

menzmer

Mitch Menzmer, PhD

Professor of Chemistry
Hickman Science Center, Room 3303A
423.236.2204
Email

Courses

  • Chemistry Seminar
  • General Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Introduction to Research
  • Research in Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Kinetics of the reactions of sterols and their analogs under highly acidic conditions

Academics

  • BS in Chemistry from Pacific Union College
  • PhD in Chemistry from Clarkson University

nsaucedo

Nuvia Saucedo, PhD

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Hickman Science Center, Room 3303E
423.236.2201
Email

Courses

  • Survey of Chemistry
  • Chemistry of Everyday Life
  • General Chemistry Laboratory

Research Interests

  • Electrode development for implantable medical devices
  • Synthesis of nanostructures particularly gold nanoparticles for use in medical treatments

Academics

  • BS in Chemistry from Andrews University
  • PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of California-Riverside

bschilli

Bruce Schilling, PhD

Professor of Chemistry
Hickman Science Center, Room 3303D
423.236.2920
Email

Courses

  • General Chemistry
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Instrumental Analysis

Research Interests

  • Quantum chemical calculations studying the electronic structure effects on the bonding of transition metal and lanthanide cations
  • Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry techniques to solve problems in the areas of petrochemicals and environmental analysis

Academics

  • BS in Chemistry from Andrews University
  • PhD in Physical Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology

rjscott

Rhonda Scott, PhD

Professor of Chemistry
Hickman Science Center, Room 3113E
423.236.2932
Email

Courses

  • Biochemistry
  • Survey of Health Chemistry 
  • Chemistry of Everyday Life

Research Interests

  • Enzyme purification, sequencing, and kinetics, as well as exploring new teaching methods for use in the classroom

Academics

  • BS in Chemistry from Union College
  • PhD in Biochemistry from the University of California-Riverside

tsuzuki

Tamie Suzuki, PhD

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Hickman Science Center, Room 3303B
423.236.2202
Email

Courses

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Survey of Health Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Exploring the reactivity of trichloroacetimidates in substitution reactions.
  • Development of new synthetic methods for the selective and modular Friedel-Crafts alkylation of functionalized indoles.
  • Synthesizing novel indole-based small molecules to investigate their chemical and biological properties.

Academics

  • BS in Chemistry with emphasis in Biochemistry from Southern Adventist University
  • PhD in Chemistry with emphasis in Organic Chemistry from Syracuse University

iriosblood

Dennisse R. Blood, BS

Office Manager
Hickman Science Center, Room 3303
423.236.2931
Email

Mailing Address

Chemistry Department - HSC 3303
Southern Adventist University
P.O. Box 370
Collegedale, TN 37315-0370


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