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The UW-Platteville Department of Chemistry is currently home to about 140 undergraduate majors, each of whom is pursuing a bachelor's degree in either chemistry, biochemistry, or criminalistics. We have about 50 additional students in affiliated minors: chemistry and MEMS/nanotechnology.
Our academic program is served by 11 faculty and several instructional staff, and we are supported by our Administrative Assistant, Kristina Sarris, our laboratory manager, Kari Frederick, and our Assistant Lab Manager, Molly Fuller.
UW-Platteville chemistry faculty represent the following areas of specialization:
- Analytical Chemistry and Criminalistics: Charles Cornett, Steven Steiner and Joseph Wu
- Biochemistry: Chanaka Mendis
- Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry: Timothy Zauche, Mohammad Rabbani and Brian Barry
- Organic Chemistry: June Li and Raja Annamalai
- Physical Chemistry: James Hamilton and Soma Chattopadhyay
All of our faculty are involved in ongoing research projects involving undergraduates, and our majors are strongly encouraged to take part in independent research and/or internship activities. To see what some of our students have been doing lately, check out our department news page.
The Chemistry program is located on the second and third floors of Ottensman Hall. Our facilities include teaching labs for freshman chemistry, quantitative analysis, organic, instrumental, physical, and biochemistry. In addition, each member of the chemistry faculty has a research lab and the program maintains a number of instruments that support faculty-student research activities. On the second floor, we share space with the Nanotechnology Center for Collaborative Research and Development; so chemistry research students have access to its facilities and equipment, as well.