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Chemistry

The Chemistry major at Roger Williams University prepares students for graduate school, medical school and chemistry-related positions in industry and government. As a Chemistry major you will have the option to pursue either an American Chemical Society (ACS) accredited B.S. degree or a B.A. degree in either Chemistry or Environmental Chemistry. All Chemistry degrees emphasize critical thinking, laboratory skills and independent research.

The Chemistry Department maintains an array of chemical instrumentation to support both laboratory instruction and the diverse research interests of the faculty. Student/faculty research collaborations are highly encouraged and you may join a research group as early as your first year. Student research efforts are supported by external grants, departmental funds and by additional funding opportunities provided by the College of Arts & Sciences and by the University. Chemistry students who endeavor to work at the interface of chemistry and biology, marine biology, environmental science or engineering will find that they can easily contribute their skills to a number of ongoing interdisciplinary research projects.

RWU Chemistry students have presented their research at local, state, regional and national chemistry meetings across the U.S. in venues such as Anaheim, San Diego, Atlanta, Chicago and New Orleans. In the last five years, the Department of Chemistry has brought more than 60 students to national meetings, earning our programs and our highly-active RWU Student Affiliates-ACS Chapter distinguished recognition by the American Chemical Society.

Most recently, the RWU ACS Chapter was honored with the Green Award from the Committee on Education and the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute for their work on biofuels. Only 5% of affiliate groups nationwide receive the Green Award.

Erica Oduaran, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
B.S. Grove City College, Ph.D. Texas A&M University
Contact Information
x3544
MNS 247

Erica Oduaran

Erica
Oduaran
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
B.S. Grove City College, Ph.D. Texas A&M University
Contact Information
x3544
MNS 247
Clifford Murphy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
B.S. Saint Michael's College, Ph.D. State University of New York
Contact Information
x5657
MNS 241
Areas of Expertise: 
Polymer Photophysics; Environmental Chemosensor Design; "Green" Chemistry in Materials Development

Clifford Murphy

Clifford
Murphy
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
B.S. Saint Michael's College, Ph.D. State University of New York
Contact Information
x5657
MNS 241
Areas of Expertise: 
Polymer Photophysics; Environmental Chemosensor Design; "Green" Chemistry in Materials Development
Nancy E. Breen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
B.S. Russell Sage College, Ph.D. Oregon State University
Contact Information
x3453
MNS 226
Areas of Expertise: 
Novel applications of LC-MS to the undergradauate curriculum. Fatty Acid Profiling of marine samples.

Nancy E. Breen

Nancy E.
Breen
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
B.S. Russell Sage College, Ph.D. Oregon State University
Contact Information
x3453
MNS 226
Areas of Expertise: 
Novel applications of LC-MS to the undergradauate curriculum. Fatty Acid Profiling of marine samples.

Courses Taught:
CHEM 191/191L - Principles of Chemistry I & Lab
CHEM 192/192L - Principles of Chemistry II & Lab
CHEM 311/311L - Analytical Chemistry I & Lab
CHEM 312/312L - Instrumental Analysis & Lab
CHEM 450 - Research in the Chemical Sciences
CORE 101 - Science, Technology and Society

Research Interests:
Fatty Acid Profiling of Marine Samples. Development and implementation of new technologies for use in the undergraduate laboratory curriculum.