Chemistry professors ask a lot of themselves in order to give back to their students high-impact learning.
Dr. Barry Eichler is the department's inorganic chemist. His research focuses on organic-inorganic hybrid materials, especially those that are electroluminescent (glows when electricity is passed through them). He specifically studies organosilicon compounds called “siloles” and hopes to incorporate them into organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). He is currently working on a paper entitled
Symmetric Diarylacetylenes: One-step Syntheses and Solution Photoluminescence.
Stockroom Manager and NMR Coordinator
Gilbert Science Center #24
Brandon Gustafson is the new stockroom manager and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) coordinator. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in chemistry from North Dakota State University and is a synthetic methodology organic chemist by training. His graduate research involved template-controlled, enantioselective Diels-Alder reactions.
Dr. Jetty L. Duffy-Matzner
Associate Professor, Organic Chemistry
Gilbert Science Center #248
An organic methodologist by training, Duffy–Matzner received a presidential appointment to United States Military Academy (West Point) but was discharged as a disabled veteran due to injury. Before and after earning her B.S. at Boise State, she worked for the Boise Forensic Laboratory on arson, rape, drug and homicide cases. Her Ph.D. research centered on novel antibiotics, and today her research still centers on the synthesis of novel heterocyclic compounds with some biological applications.
Dr. Jared R. Mays joined the Augustana faculty in 2009 and teaches courses in General Chemistry, Survey of Organic and Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Biochemistry/Medicinal Chemistry. He received his bachelors degree in chemistry and biochemistry from Gustavus Adolphus College. His doctoral work in pharmaceutical sciences was completed at The University of Wisconsin, where he worked toward the development of prodrug histone deacetylase inhibitors under the direction of Scott R. Rajski. He completed a postdoctoral appointment with Brian S. J. Blagg in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Kansas, working on C-terminal Hsp90 inhibitors. His multidisciplinary research program at Augustana bridges the boundaries between chemistry and biology and is focused on the medicinal chemistry of glucosinolates and isothiocyanates, anticancer natural products found in broccoli.
Dr. Andrew Strandjord
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Gilbert Science Center
Dr. Andrew Strandjord earned his bachelor’s degree with majors in physics, biology and chemistry from Luther College and his Ph.D. in physical/organic chemistry from the University of Minnesota. He has won many awards and holds patents for his chemical research during his career. He comes to Augustana after working in California at PacTech-USA where he served as senior manager and director of operations.
Dr. Duane E. Weisshaar
Professor, Analytical Chemistry
Gilbert Science Center #254
The analytical chemist on staff, Dr. Duane Weisshaar's research is a collaborative effort with Dr. Earl centered on using dimethyl carbonate as a greener route to quaternary ammonium compounds (quats). Millions of pounds of quats are manufactured each year for uses ranging from fabric care to asphalt emulsifiers to ionic liquids. In the last 4 years, Dr. Weisshaar and Dr. Earl have engaged 25 Augustana students in summer research on facets of this project and are finishing a paper exploring the stability of the methyl carbonate quats.
Marlys Vant Hul '94
Gilbert Science Center #246
Marlys has worked at Augustana for more than twenty-five years. She and her two daughters are Augustana alumni. Marlys is also the Science Day Coordinator, which brings about 300 high school juniors and seniors to Augustana every fall for a day of hands-on science experiences. Marlys thoroughly enjoys being surrounded by the very best students and watching them grow throughout their four years at Augustana. Marlys loves to shop, garden, and read. She also loves to spend time with her grandchildren, especially watching their sporting events.