Dr. Thomas Vaid is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Alabama. He received his PhD in chemistry from Cornell University in 1997 and was a postdoctoral scholar with Prof. Nathan Lewis at the California Institute of Technology from 1997-2000. In 2000, he joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis as an assistant professor, and in 2008 moved to the University of Alabama. His research interests are generally in the area of materials chemistry, either inorganic or organic. Specifically, his group is now exploring the synthesis and characterization of new semiconducting materials that are assembled from molecular components. In another project, his group is examining new inorganic-organic composite solar cells.
Dr. Greg Szulczewski joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Alabama in 1997 as an assistant professor. He received as B.S. in chemistry in 1989 from the University of Michigan and Ph.D. in 1995 from Wayne State University. From 1995-1997 he was a post-doctorate associate in the Center for Materials Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin. His research is focused on the rational design, synthesis, and characterization of modified surfaces and interfaces that demonstrate novel electronic and magnetic properties. Currently, the group is exploring magnetoresistance phenomena in organic semiconductor based devices.
Dr. Shane Street is an Assistant Professor in Chemistry. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in 1989 and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from The University of Illinois in 1995. From 1995 to 1997, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Texas A & M University. He specializes in UHV Surface Science with additional research interests in catalytic materials and tribology. Dr. Street is a member of the American Vacuum Society and has published more than 20 papers.
Dr. David E. Nikles is a Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and has been at The University of Alabama since 1990. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Akron in 1977 and his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University in 1982. From 1972 to 1977 he was a quality control technician at the Firestone Synthetic Rubber & Latex Company. From 1982 to 1990, he was a chemist with the Hoechst Celanese Research Division in Summit, NJ. While at Hoechst Celanese, he was a coinventor of naphthalocyanine recording layer materials for a write-once optical data storage media and a member of the commercial development team. His research interests include materials science for information storage. The scope of his research encompasses the synthesis, characterization, and applications of organic, inorganic, organometallic, and polymeric materials for optics, electronics, optical data storage, electrophotography, holography and magnetic recording. Dr. Nikles is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Materials Research Society, the IEEE Magnetics Society, and the American Society for Engineering Education.. He has authored more than 60 papers and is a coinventor on 12 patents.
Dr. Robert M. Metzger is a professor of Chemistry and Material Science and has been at the University of Alabama since 1986. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1962 and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1968. He held a post-doctoral position at Stanford University and was a Chemistry Professor at the University of Mississippi from 1971-1986. His research interests encompass organic metals and superconductors, Langmuir-Blodgett films and unimolecular devices, and magnetic particulate materials. He has published about 160 articles, edited four books and organized three international conferences. He has been a guest professor at the Universities of Bordeaux, Copenhagen, Florence, Heidelberg, Kyoto, Padua, Parma, Rennes, and Vienna. He was the recipient of the 1998 Blackmon-Moody Faculty Award at the University of Alabama. He has presented lectures in 22 foreign countries.
Dr. Arunava Gupta holds joint appointments as Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Chemical Engineering. Dr. Gupta was also appointed as the MINT Professor in January, 2004. He received an M.Sc. degree in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology in 1976, an M.A. degree in Chemistry from Columbia University in 1977, and a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Physics from Stanford University in 1980. From 1980 to 1985, he was a Senior Research Chemist at the Allied Corp. Corporate R&D laboratory. From 1985 to 2003, he worked at IBM T.J. Watson Research Laboratory, his final position there being Research Manager for Magnetic Random Access Memory processing and testing. Dr. Gupta has authored or co-authored more than 200 scholarly publications and is listed as inventor on more than 25 patents. His research interests encompass magnetic random access memory devices, tunneling magnetoresistance, pulsed laser deposition, oxides for spintronics applications and biological applications of magnetic nanoparticles.
Dr. Silas C. Blackstock is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Alabama. He received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 1985 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison under S.F. Nelson. His post-doctoral work was done with J.K. Kochi at the University of Houston and J.A. Berson at Yale University. In 1988, he joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University before moving to the University of Alabama in 1996. His research focus is on organic electron transfer chemistry, including the development of (1) new electron transfer mediated organic reactions, (2) redox-switchable organic magnetic materials, (3) new organic media for molecular scale information storage, and (4) electron donor-acceptor bonding paradigms for application on supramolecular chemistry and crystal engineering. He is the author of more than 50 publications.