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Michelle Ammerman

Assistant Professor Biology, Chemistry / Biochemistry 2212G - AB

Reg Bell

Professor, Polymer Chemistry Chemistry / Biochemistry 1700 University Ave
3-221 MC
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G. Reginald Bell, Professor of Polymer Chemistry
Master's degree from the University of Tennessee in Organic Chemistry and Polymer Science

Bell has never met a Kettering student, in 50 years of teaching, that wasn't one of his "favorite students." This ever-popular Chemistry professor likes Kettering students for their maturity, creativity and ability to plan and analyze. He enjoys the opportunity to interact inside and outside the classroom with what he calls "so many exceptional individuals."

His advice to prospective students is that "you cannot afford not to come to Kettering. A degree from Kettering is the key to success."

Hidden talents and outside interests: He doesn't brag about it, but Bell plays a wicked game of ping pong. His reputation on the table is such that Joe Spielman, former GM vice president of North America assembly and stamping operations, has returned to campus for re-matches. Bell is also willing to engage in a rousing game of bridge or talk astronomy with any and all takers.

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Polymers

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James Cohen

Assistant Professor Biology, Chemistry / Biochemistry 2-212 C AB

Lisandro Hernandez de la Pena

Assistant Professor, Physical Chemistry Chemistry / Biochemistry 1700 University Avenue
3-215 MC
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B.Sc. in Radiochemistry, Institute for Nuclear Sciences and Technology, Havana (Cuba), 1995 

M.Sc. in Radiochemistry, Institute for Nuclear Sciences and Technology, Havana (Cuba), 1997

Ph.D. in Chemistry, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia (Canada), 2004

(click here to go to Dr. Hernandez research page)

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             Theoretical chemical physics, statistical mechanics, condensed matter theory,  molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo method, coarse-grain modeling, quantum dynamics, path integral methods, non-equilibrium statistical mechanics.

Current Teaching:

  • Chemistry 361: Physical Chemistry I
  • Chemistry 363: Physical Chemistry II
  • Chemistry 491: Physical Chemistry Special Topics
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  • L. Hernández de la Peña and G. H. Peslherbe, "Quantum effects on the free energy of ionic water clusters evaluated by nonequilibrium computational methods", J. Phys. Chem. B 114, 5404 (2010) 
  • R. van Zon, L. Hernández de la Peña, G. H. Peslherbe and J. Schofield, "Quantum free energy differences from non-equilibrium path-integrals: II. Convergence properties for the harmonic oscillator", Phys. Rev. E 78, 041104 (2008)

  • R. van Zon, L. Hernández de la Peña, G. H. Peslherbe and J. Schofield, "Quantum free energy differences from non-equilibrium path-integrals: I. Methods and numerical application", Phys. Rev. E 78, 041103 (2008)

  • L. Hernández de la Peña, R. van Zon, J. Schofield and S. B. Opps, "Discontinuous molecular dynamics for rigid bodies: Applications", J. Chem. Phys. 126, 074106 (2007)

  • L. Hernández de la Peña, R. van Zon, J. Schofield and S. B. Opps, "Discontinuous molecular dynamics for semi-flexible and rigid bodies", J. Chem. Phys. 126, 074105 (2007)

  • L. Hernández de la Peña and P. G. Kusalik, "Quantum effects in liquid water and ice: Model dependence", J. Chem. Phys. 125, 054512 (2006)

  • L. Hernández de la Peña, M. S. Gulam Razul and P. G. Kusalik, "Quantum effects in ice Ih", J. Chem. Phys. 123, 144506 (2005) 

  • L. Hernández de la Peña, M. S. Gulam Razul and P. G. Kusalik, "Effects of quantization on the properties of liquid water", J. Phys. Chem. A 109, 7236-7241 (2005)

  • L. Hernández de la Peña and P. G. Kusalik, "Temperature dependence of quantum effects in liquid water", J. Am. Chem. Soc. 127, 5246-5251 (2005)

  • L. Hernández de la Peña and P. G. Kusalik, "Quantum effects in light and heavy liquid water: A rigid body centroid molecular dynamics study", J. Chem. Phys. 121, 5992-6002 (2004)

  • L. Hernández de la Peña and P. G. Kusalik, "The rotational centroid and its application in quantum molecular dynamics simulations", Mol. Phys. 102, 927-938 (2004)

  

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Bob McAllister

Associate Professor, Inorganic Chemistry Chemistry / Biochemistry 1700 University Ave
3-111 MC
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Dr. Robert McAllister, Associate Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Biochemistry
Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire in Chemistry.

McAllister sees Kettering students as hard working and smart, and feels the cooperative education program gives students a practical outlook on the world of work. He enjoys helping students better understand Chemistry and how it relates to Engineering.

His hot tip for prospective students is that "if you want to be successful in your career, then Kettering is the place for you."

Hidden talents and outside interests: He looks like the former football player that he is, but he can still take on students in a mean game of tennis.

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Veronica Moorman

Assistant Professor Chemistry / Biochemistry 3-215 MC

Molly Muxlow

Lab Manager Biology, Chemistry / Biochemistry 2226 AB

Diana Phillips

Associate Professor, Physical Chemistry Chemistry / Biochemistry 1700 University Ave
3-107/3-103 MC
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Dr. Diana A. Phillips, Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry
Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in Physical Chemistry, with expertise in physical chemistry, catalysis, surface chemistry and analysis.

Phillips views Kettering students as bright, eager and insightful and feels that they are more motivated and focused than students she has had elsewhere. What she enjoys most about teaching at Kettering is the opportunity to meet and interact with tomorrow's leaders. She feels that Kettering's high quality students "make teaching here a pleasure."

She has a list of advice for prospective students: "be prepared to hit the ground running; don't believe you know everything from high school; if you do not understand something or are having trouble with a class get help right away, don't wait until it is too late to catch up; and enjoy yourself!"

Hidden talents and outside interests: In addition to travel and spending time with her family, Phillips also enjoys making mead in her meadery.

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Adhesion
Adsorption
Catalysis
Corrosion
Interfacial phenomena
Surface chemistry

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Andrzej Przyjazny

Professor, Analytical Chemistry Chemistry / Biochemistry 1700 University Ave
3-217 MC
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Dr. Andrzej Przyjazny, Professor of Analytical Chemistry
Ph.D. in Chemistry from Southern Illinois University, with expertise in analytical chemistry.

Przyjazny views Kettering students as motivated, serious and competitive. Kettering students are adept at getting the most value out of their tuition dollar by getting as much education as they can; this sets them apart from students at other universities. He enjoys teaching at Kettering because of the small class sizes, which allow him to get to know all of his students personally, and the opportunity to perform directed research with Chemistry majors. It was Przyjazny's technical background (he has an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering) that initially interested him in teaching at Kettering.

He once asked his students what is the logarithm of zero and one student replied, "Error." It was obvious that the student had used his calculator!

His hot tip for prospective students is to "enroll for three reasons: the cooperative education experience; small class sizes; and all courses are taught by professors, not teaching assistants."

Hidden talents and outside interests: Przyjazny has diverse interests outside of Kettering. He is an avid reader, with history being his favorite topic. He also likes to play bridge with Professor Reg Bell on the AC Delphi/Kettering bridge league.

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Analytical chemistry
Chromatography
Environmental chemistry
Environmental issues
Separation science

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Montserrat Rabago-Smith

Assistant Professor, BioOrganic Chemistry Chemistry / Biochemistry 1700 University Ave
3-223 MC
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Dr. Montserrat Rabago-Smith, Assistant Professor of Bio-organic Chemistry
Ph.D. in Chemistry from Michigan State University, with expertise in organic chemistry and bioorganic chemistry.

Rabago-Smith finds Kettering students hardworking, smart and distinguished from students at other universities by their motivation and how hard they study. She was first attracted to teaching at Kettering because it is a small university with "a very good batch of students" and it is the interaction with these students that keeps her here.

Hidden talents and outside interests: When not teaching or working with students, Rabago-Smith enjoys activities such as Aikido, camping, hiking, swimming, and reading.

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