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Brian Barry

Brian Barry
Associate Professor of Chemistry Department

Dr. Brian Barry has been an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry since the Fall of 2014.  He was born and raised in Iowa City, IA and received his undergraduate degree (B.S. in Chemistry, 2004) from Northern Iowa University and his Ph.D. (Inorganic Chemistry, 2010) from the University of Iowa.  He was then a postdoctoral fellow at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM for three years before taking his first professorship at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  In Dr. Barry’s lab students rationally design and synthesize molecular catalysts to be used in various applications.  One of his currently funded projects looks at the electrocatalytic reduction of CO2, aiming to produce useful chemicals while also reducing atmospheric CO2 concentrations.

Soma Chattopadhyay

Soma Chattopadhyay
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Chattopadhyay is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry. She received her B.Sc. in Chemistry and B.Tech in Chemical Technology from the University of Calcutta in India. Following her undergraduate studies in India, Dr. Chattopadhyay received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She lived in Boston for a few years teaching and conducting research at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and MIT before joining UW-Platteville in 2010. Currently her research focuses on developing technologies for transporting pharmaceutical compounds in the body to treat disease while minimizing undesirable side-effects. She enjoys engaging students in scientific methods and discoveries and has more than ten years of experience mentoring undergraduate researchers. In her spare time, she likes to cook and learn new languages.

Qiong (June) Li

Qiong (June) Li
Professor and Department Chair

Dr. Li earned her B.S. of Chemistry from Inner Mongolia Normal University in China, M.S. from Beijing Research Institute of Petroleum Processing, and Ph.D in Organic Chemistry from Northeastern University in Boston. She then worked as a postdoc at University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA. She also taught at West Liberty State College in WV before joining UW-Platteville Chemistry program in 2001. Her research activities are focused on investigating electronic and steric effects on the conformations of 1-arylpiperazines in solution by various NMR techniques and studying structure-activity relationships in the cleavage of DNA by arenediazonium salts. Her hobbies are skiing, dancing and traveling.

Chanaka Mendis

Chanaka Mendis
Professor of Chemistry and Acting Assistant Provost

Dr Chanaka Mendis earned his BS Of Chemistry from SUNY/college at Old Westbury and MS and Ph.D in Chemistry from Georgetown University. He also worked for the Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) Silver Spring, MD before joining UW-Platteville Chemistry program in 2004. His research activities are focused on studying signaling activities and gene expression patterns to identify, target and block cellular activities that make drugs ineffective. He also likes playing cricket and gardening.

Mohammad G. Rabbani

Mohammad G. Rabbani
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Rabbani received his Ph.D. from Osaka City University, Japan, and then post-doctoral training at Virginia commonwealth University. After joining at University of Wisconsin-Platteville as a faculty in Inorganic Chemistry in 2013, he received multiple research grants to engage undergraduate students in research activity. His main research entails the design and synthesis of nanoporous materials for potential applications in gas storage and separation, heterogeneous catalysis in conversion of CO2 to useful chemicals, and drug storage. His research activities, particularly, on carbon dioxide separation from landfill gas, have been highlighted multiple times by the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Wisconsin System Technology Foundation, Telegraph Herald News, American Chemical Society, etc. He published more than 20 articles in peer reviewed journals and he has about 1,000 citations which attest the significance of his research. Students in his reach group receives significant training in materials synthesis, varieties of instrumentation for materials characterizations, data analysis and presentation skills. Activities in his research group create enthusiasm in STEM education for young students. His hobbies include gardening and traveling.

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