Faculty Profiles


Valerie S Ashby

Professor of Chemistry
Office: 104 Allen Building
Phone: (919) 684-2728

The research in the Ashby group focuses on the design and synthesis of advanced polymeric materials with complex and often orthogonal...


Steven W. Baldwin

Office: 1101 French Science Center
Phone: (919) 660-1563

The central themes of our research program are the development of methodology to accomplish the synthesis of optically pure materials and the...


David N. Beratan

R.J. Reynolds Professor
Office: 5311 French Science Center
Phone: (919) 660-1526
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Dr. Beratan is developing theoretical approaches to understand the function of complex molecular and macromolecular systems, including: the...


Dorian Canelas

Assistant Professor of the Practice
Office: 1223 French Science Center
Phone: (919) 660-1528

Prof. Canelas has been active in implementation of student-centered pedagogies and developing programs to increase undergraduate retention in...


Patrick Charbonneau

Associate Professor
Office: 5329 French Science Center
Phone: (919) 613-6261
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Professor Charbonneau studies soft matter assembly. His current work combines theory and simulation to understand microphase formation, protein...


Stephen L. Craig

William T. Miller Professor and Department Chair
Office: 3221 French Science Center
Phone: (919) 660-1538
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Research interests in Prof. Craig's group bridge physical organic and materials chemistry. Many of these interests are guided by the vision that...


Emily R. Derbyshire

Assistant Professor
Office: 3218 French Science Center
Phone: (919) 660-1511
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Parasites infect billions of humans each year and cause several major diseases, largely in underserved populations in developing parts of the...


Martin Fischer

Associate Research Professor
Office: 2216 French Science Center
Phone: (919) 660-1523

Dr. Fischer’s research focuses on exploring novel nonlinear optical contrast mechanisms for molecular imaging. Nonlinear optical microscopes can...


Michael C. Fitzgerald

Office: 3222 French Science Center
Phone: (919) 660-1547
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Dr. Fitzgerald’s research group is focused on studies of protein folding and function. The group utilizes a combination of covalent labeling...


Aaron D. Franklin

Associate Professor
Office: Ciemas 3473, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 681-9471
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Research in the Franklin group is focused on improving the performance and functionality of nanomaterial-enabled electronic devices. This...


Katherine J. Franz

Alexander F. Hehmeyer Professor & Associate Chair
Office: 2103 French Science Center
Phone: (919) 660-1541
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Research in the Franz group is involved in elucidating the structural and functional consequences of metal ion coordination in biological systems...


Amanda E. Hargrove

Assistant Professor
Office: 3219 French Science Center
Phone: (919) 660-1522
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The Hargrove lab harnesses the unique properties of small organic molecules to study the structure, function and therapeutic potential of long...


Jiyong Hong

Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies
Office: 3220 French Science Center
Phone: (919) 660-1545
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Research in the Hong group focuses on using chemical tools, in particular small molecules, to understand the signaling pathways in biology. We...


Jie Liu

George Barth Geller Professor
Office: 2105 French Science Center
Phone: (919) 660-1549
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Dr. Liu’s research interests are focusing on the chemistry and material science of nanoscale materials. Specific topics in his current research...


Richard MacPhail

Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Office: 1216 French Science Center
Phone: (919) 660-1536

Dr. MacPhail is a physical chemist whose research has focused on intermolecular interactions and molecular dynamics in disordered condensed...


Steven J. Malcolmson

Assistant Professor
Office: 1103 French Science Center
Phone: (919) 660-1575
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The discovery of catalysts is of great importance to the practice of modern synthetic chemistry, both to improve upon the existing catalog of...


Dewey G. McCafferty

Office: B120 LSRC, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 660-1516
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Our research interests are broadly based in chemical biology, mechanistic enzymology and molecular medicine. Towards this end our group is...


Agostino Migliore

Assistant Research Professor
Office: 5301 FFSC
Phone: (919) 660-1633

Mechanisms of biocatalysis and biological energy transduction; Chemical sensing and information transfer; Charge transfer in macromolecules...


Jennifer L. Roizen

Assistant Professor
Office: 1104 French Science Center
Phone: (919) 660-9438
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Inspired by small molecule natural products, the Roizen laboratories will initiate research to access improved antibiotics, and selective ion...


Christopher P. Roy

Associate Professor of the Practice
Office: 1222 French Science Center
Phone: (919) 660-1518


Thomas Theis

Assistant Research Professor
Office: 2315 French Science Center
Phone: (919) 660-2568
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Michael J. Therien

William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor
Office: 5330 French Science Center
Phone: (919) 660-1670
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Our research involves the synthesis of compounds, supramolecular assemblies, nano-scale objects, and electronic materials with unusual ground-and...


Eric J. Toone

Vice Provost and Director, Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative
Office: 215 Morris Street, Suite 300
Phone: (919) 681-3484
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Dr. Toone is a physical organic chemist who studies relationships between structure and activity in the context of biology. Currently active...


Tuan Vo-Dinh

Office: 2589 Ciemas, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 660-5598
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Dr. Tuan Vo-Dinh’s research activities and interests involve biophotonics, laser-excited luminescence spectroscopy, room temperature...


Qiu Wang

Assistant Professor
Office: 2102 French Science Center
Phone: (919) 660-1648
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Research in the Wang group aims to answer fundamental questions that lie at the interface of chemistry and biology. In particular, we are...


Warren S. Warren

James B. Duke Professor
Office: 2217 French Science Center
Phone: (919) 660-1604
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Our work focuses on the design and application of what might best be called novel pulsed techniques, using controlled radiation fields to alter...


Kevin D. Welsher

Assistant Professor
Office: 2213 French Science Center
Phone: (919) 660-1509
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Our research program will focus on pushing the limits of spatial, temporal and biochemical resolution in live cell studies. We will focus on the...


Ross A. Widenhoefer

Office: 2101 French Science Center
Phone: (919) 660-1533
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Research in the Widenhoefer group is directed toward the development and mechanistic analysis of new organotransition metal-catalyzed...


Benjamin J. Wiley

Assistant Professor
Office: 2214 French Science Center
Phone: (919) 668-3066
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In the Wiley Group, we make new nanomaterials by controlling the assembly of atoms in solution, and explore applications for nanomaterials in...


Weitao Yang

Philip Handler Professor
Office: 5310 French Science Center
Phone: (919) 660-1562
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Prof. Yang, the Philip Handler Professor of Chemistry, is developing methods for quantum mechanical calculations of large systems and carrying...


Peng Zhang

Assistant Research Professor
Office: 5313 FFSC
Phone: (919) 660-1675