Department Chair
R. David Crouch, Jr.
Professor of Chemistry (1994).
James Hall - Rector Complex Room 2227
crouch@dickinson.edu
(717) 245-1351
Department Faculty
Cindy Samet
Professor of Chemistry (1988).
Stuart Hall - Rector Complex Room 1107
(717) 245-1295 | samet@dickinson.edu
B.S., Dickinson College, 1982; Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1988.

For years, the Samet research group has been using the "matrix isolation" technique - the freezing of molecules in an inert gas at close to absolute zero - to study hydrogen bonding. Specifically, nonconventional hydrogen bond linkages such as C-H---N, C-H---O, and C-H---pi have been the focus of published work. Recently, the team pioneered a new technique called Polymer Soft Landing Isolation, which is a twist on the standard matrix isolation technique. In particular, molecules are now deposited onto a polymer surface, rather than a clean surface, so that hydrogen bonding throughout the polymer may be studied. This new technique, which is unique to Samet's laboratory at Dickinson, allows for the probing of the self-assembly process and the building of nanostructures, which has brought her traditional matrix isolation research into the realm of nanotechnology. Outside of the research laboratory, she studies the chemistry of certain illnesses that the conventional medical system struggles with, such as vitamin B12 deficiency, gluten-related problems, and thyroid disease. At the advanced level, she teaches in the area of physical chemistry that involves quantum mechanics and spectroscopy, and also inorganic chemistry. Her scholarly pursuits in the field of chemical education include studying the role of chemistry in history, and incorporating both nanotechnology and lasers into the undergraduate curriculum.
Michael S. Holden
Professor of Chemistry, Alfred Victor duPont Chair in Chemistry (1989).
James Hall - Rector Complex Room 2225
(717) 245-1481 | holden@dickinson.edu
B.S., Allegheny College, 1980; Ph.D., Colorado State University, 1985.

His interests are in the area of organotransitionmetal-mediated synthesis of organic compounds. Presently, his research is focusing on the development of new reactions involving an easily accessible organo-iron system. Another ongoing effort is the development of microscale laboratories for organotransitionmetal chemistry.
R. David Crouch, Jr.
Professor of Chemistry (1994).
James Hall - Rector Complex Room 2227
(717) 245-1351 | crouch@dickinson.edu
B.A., Duke University, 1978; M.S., Shippensburg University, 1985; M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1988; Ph.D., 1991.

His research interests lie in the development and application of new organic synthetic methodology. Current work is focused on the development of a new alpha adrenergic agonist and continued investigations of new methods for selectively deprotecting silyl ethers. Another area of interest is the development of new organic chemistry exercises on the microscale and using microwave technology.
Amy E. Witter
Professor of Chemistry (1999).
Stuart Hall - Rector Complex Room 2109
(717) 245-1681 | witter@dickinson.edu
B.A., Wellesley College, 1987; Ph.D., University of California at Davis, 1996.

Her long-term research interests lie in the field of environmental analytical chemistry. Her current research projects involve investigating the chemical effects of urbanization on stream sediment chemistry and the development of new analytical methods for studying plant secondary metabolites.
Sarah K. St. Angelo
Associate Professor of Chemistry (2006).
Stuart Hall - Rector Complex Room 2113
(717) 254-8957 | stangels@dickinson.edu
B.S., Denison University, 1997; Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2004.

Her research is in the interdisciplinary field of nanochemistry, where her current interests involve the use of plant materials as reducing agents for nanoparticles. She regularly teaches General Chemistry, Thermodynamics and Kinetics, Inorganic Chemistry, and courses related to nanotechnology.
Rebecca E. Connor
Assistant Professor of Chemistry (2010).
Stuart Hall - Rector Complex Room 2111
(717) 245-1553 | connorr@dickinson.edu
B.S., Carnegie Mellon University, 1999; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 2008.

My research interests currently include the molecular interactions of electrophilic natural products with human leukemia cells and the role of chaperone proteins in apoptosis and stress response pathways. Research projects in my lab range from chemical synthesis to proteomics and protein engineering.
Jason Gavenonis
Assistant Professor of Chemistry (2014).
Stuart Hall - Rector Complex Room 1109
(717) 245-1975 | gavenonj@dickinson.edu
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2003; Ph.D., Boston College, 2010.

Mary Jo Boylan
Visiting Lecturer in Chemistry (2010).
James Hall - Rector Complex Room 2223
(717) 254-8064 | boylanm@dickinson.edu


Kathryn H. Barker
Visiting Lecturer in Chemistry (2011).
James Hall - Rector Complex Room 2223
(717) 245-1831 | barkerk@dickinson.edu
B.S., University of Notre Dame, 1982; M.S., Shippensburg University, 1987.

Christine G. O'Neill
Visiting Lecturer in Chemistry (2011).
Rector North Room 2301
(717) 254-8132 | oneillc@dickinson.edu
B.S., Shippensburg University, 1992; Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, 1998.

Adjunct Faculty
Donald Carr
Adjunct Faculty in Chemistry (2011).
Rector North Room 2301
(717) 254-8132 | carrdo@dickinson.edu
B.A., Shippensburg University, 1978; M.S., 1985.

Minh Huu Nguyen
Adjunct Faculty in Chemistry.

nguyenmi@dickinson.edu


Academic Administrative Staff
James Kuenzie
Instrument Support Technician
Rector North Room 2310
(717) 245-1958 | kuenziej@dickinson.edu