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The Department of Chemistry emphasizes laboratory experience in a curriculum designed to build a fundamental understanding of chemistry. With a firm foundation in both the concepts and applications of chemical science, students prepare for graduate study and varied careers, including positions as agriculturalists, consumer safety officers, pharmacologists, and technical writers.

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Courses
  • Chemistry and Society
  • General Chemistry
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • Methods in Chemical Research
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Instrumental Analysis
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Synthetic Organic Chemistry
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • Physical Organic Chemistry
  • Bioorganic Chemistry
  • Senior Seminar
  • Independent Study
  • Field Study
  • Honors

Facilities

Collier Hall of Science offers excellent facilities and equipment. The chemistry department currently maintains laser fluorescence, FTIR, and UV-VIS spectrophotometers, GC-MS and FTNMR spectrometers, an HPLC system with a photo diode array detector, electroanalytical instrumentation, and gas chromatographs, as well as on-line chemical literature search capabilities through the STN System. In addition, chemistry students and faculty have access to X-ray diffraction and Mössbauer equipment maintained by the Physics Department, as well as low- temperature laboratory, electrophoresis, and cell culture facilities maintained by the Biology Department.

National Science Foundation Instructional Laboratory Instrumentation (NSF-ILI) grants have provided funds for the department’s differential scanning calorimeter, laser fluorescence equipment, GC-MS, and a unique electronic instrumentation network that facilitates the use of science division instruments in teaching and research laboratories across the science division. The Moravian College Scientific Instrumentation Network (MoCoSIN) links all division instrumentation with Sun, Macintosh, and PC workstations and file servers to allow efficient off-line analysis of all instrumental data. MoCoSIN has allowed all science departments to expand their use of top-line instruments in introductory and intermediate-level courses as well as in undergraduate research projects.


Opportunities

Students may participate in original research with faculty through the Honors program, independent study course work, or summer research projects funded by external grants. Students have also been involved in field study projects at AT&T and Baker Instruments laboratories. Cross-registration with LVAIC institutions enables students to take courses in polymer chemistry, engineering, and other specialties. Cooperative bachelor’s degree programs are available with Washington University (St. Louis) leading to degrees in chemical or biochemical engineering. The department also sponsors an American Chemical Society Student Affiliate Chapter.


Faculty

SHARI ULDRICH DUNHAM
Associate Professor of Chemistry

EDUCATION: B.A., Drew University; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

STEPHEN U. DUNHAM
Associate Professor of Chemistry

EDUCATION: B.A., Hamline University; Ph.D., Montana State University

CAROL BAKER LIBBY
Adjunct Professor

EDUCATION: B.S., The Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

INTERESTS: Biological chemist with expertise in protein chemistry and enzymology. Extensive teaching experience in the areas of organic and bio-chemistry for both science and non-science majors. Industrial experience includes pharmaceutical research and development as well as basic research on biotechnological applications for food and agricultural products.

R. DANIEL LIBBY
Professor of Chemistry

EDUCATION: B.A., Colby College; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

INTERESTS: Mechanisms of action of oxidative enzymatic catalysis. Dr. Libby teaches organic chemistry using a unique “learning cycle” approach based on the theories of Piaget. He has published his work in the Journal of Chemical Education and the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

ALBERT H. MARTIN
Associate Professor of Chemistry

EDUCATION: A.B., Thiel College; Ph.D., Kent State University

INTERESTS: Kinetics of electron transfer reactions of transition metal complexes. Dr. Martin is an active member of the local section of the ACS and TEACHEM, an organization that serves area high school science teachers.

O. CARL SALTER JR.
Professor of Chemistry; Chair of the Department of Chemistry

EDUCATION: Spring Hill College; M.S., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

INTERESTS: Molecular orbital calculations, nonlinear optics, and laser spectroscopy. Dr. Salter’s work has been published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society and the Journal of Chemical Education.