Sep 19, 2019  
2017-2018 General Catalog 
2017-2018 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry (Graduate Program)

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Program Overview

The Department of Chemistry includes 30 research faculty, approximately 125 graduate students, and 22 support staff members. Research opportunities are offered in analytical, biological, computational, environmental, inorganic, macromolecular, materials, organic, nano and physical chemistry. The PhD program promotes independent study and research. Extensive collaboration with local industrial research laboratories enriches the educational experience and enhances postgraduate job opportunities.


Carol M. Taylor, Chair
Doug Gilman, Director of Graduate Studies
TELEPHONE 225-578-3466


Applications and supporting materials for all graduate study must be submitted through the online application site for the LSU Graduate School. Official transcripts, official test scores, and other materials that come from third-party sources must be mailed to: Graduate Student Services, 114 West David Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.

Successful applicants must meet the requirements for admission to the Graduate School and must also demonstrate a strong background and interest in chemistry. A detailed description of admission procedures and general regulations can be obtained from the departmental website.

Financial Assistance

Fellowships, teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and enrichments are available to qualified PhD students on a competitive basis. Four-year Board of Regents Graduate Fellowships and Economic Development Assistantships (EDA) are available for superior students; these range from $25,000 to $32,000 per year. Teaching assistants instruct undergraduate laboratories and spend about 20 hours per week performing these and other teaching duties. Research assistantships are available to advanced students through grants obtained by individual faculty members. The average graduate assistantship salary is approx. $25,000 per year.


We have excellent facilities and instrumentation including state-of-the-art NMR, mass spectrometry, X-ray crystallography and a Polymer Analysis Laboratory (PAL) within the Department. The Shared Instrumentation Facility (SIF) is located on the first floor of CMB and is particularly strong in microscopy. We have a Biotechnology Laboratory located in the AgCenter that provides excellent services. Across town we have the Center for Advanced Microstructures & Devices (CAMD) with various synchrotron beamlines. Further information is available at the department website.

Graduate Faculty

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Leslie G. Butler (M) • Solid state NMR and 3-D tomography studies for materials science
Frank K. Cartledge (EM) • Environmental chemistry and hazardous waste
Bin Chen (M) • Nucleation and biomimetic material design, structure-property relationships in materials
Robert L. Cook (M) • Environmental chemistry of soils and waters, including biological entities
William E. Crowe (7M) • Organic and organo-metallic chemistry using transition metal catalysts
William H. Daly (EM) • Polymeric materials based on polysaccharides
Randy Duran (M) • Macromolecular chemistry; surface chemistry of amphiphilic materials
Jayne C. Garno (M) • Analytical chemistry, scanning probe microscopy, nanofabrication, surface science
S. Douglass Gilman (M) • Bioanalytical chemistry, microfluidics
Louis Haber (6A) • Physical chemistry, ultrafast and nonlinear spectroscopy of nanomaterials
Brian J. Hales (EM) • Biophysical
Randall W. Hall (EM)
Rendy Kartika (6A) • Organic chemistry, synthetic methodology, complex molecules synthesis
Neil R. Kestner (EM)
Revati Kumar (6A) • Physical Chemistry; computational chemistry; modeling of novel materials - energy storage and catalysis
Daniel Kuroda (6A) • Physical chemistry, two-dimensional infrared laser spectroscopy
Kenneth A. Lopata (6A) • Physical chemistry, time-domain quantum chemistry simulations
Megan A. Macnaughtan (M) • Biophysical chemistry of proteins, NMR spectroscopy, bioanalytical chemistry
Luigi G. Marzilli (M) • Bioinorganic chemistry, inorganic medicinal chemistry
Andrew W. Maverick (M) • Nanoporous transition metal complexes, energy-related inorganic chemistry
Robin L. McCarley (M) • Bioanalytical chemistry, drug delivery, cancer detection
Sean P. McGlynn (EM)
Kermit K. Murray (M) • Imaging mass spectrometry, laser ablation sampling for proteomics and genomics
Evgueni E. Nesterov (M) • Functional organic materials and molecular devices, physical-organic chemistry, photochemistry
John A. Pojman (M) • Macromolecular chemistry, kinetics, physical chemistry of polymerization
Erwin D. Poliakoff (EM) • Photoelectron spectroscopy and x-ray spectroscopy of nanoscale materials
William A. Pryor (EM)
Justin R. Ragains (6A) • Visible photochemistry and electron transfer for small molecule synthesis and thin film growth
James W. Robinson (EM)
Paul S. Russo (EM)
Gerald J. Schneider (M) • Soft matter and neutron scattering
Kevin M. Smith (M) • Synthesis, properties and applications of porphyrin systems
Steven A. Soper (EM)
David A. Spivak (M) • Molecularly imprinted polymers, engineered polymer soil surrogates
George G. Stanley (M) • Bimetallic cooperativity in homogeneous catalysis, hydroformylation, molecular modeling
Carol M. Taylor (M) • Organic synthesis and bioorganic chemistry with a focus on post-translationally modified peptides
M. Graça H. Vicente (M) • Fluorescent porphyrin-based macrocycles for medicine
Isiah M. Warner (M) • Optical spectroscopies, biochemical and bioanalytical applications of material science
Steve Watkins (EM)
Weiwei Xie (6A) • Solid state materials and their physical properties
Donghui Zhang (M) • Polymer synthesis and characterization, polymerization catalysis, structure-property relationship


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