People

Faculty

Chemistry Chair, Professor of Chemistry
Professor Gomez and her student researchers use the principles of thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and quantum mechanics to study how structure affects proton and oxygen vacancy conduction in fuel cell systems. Their work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the MERCURY consortium, the Dreyfus Foundation, and the Research Corporation. Gomez enjoys teaching chemical principles in general chemistry, physical chemistry, and electives. She and her students also enjoy getting K-6 parent/child teams to tackle interesting scientific ideas through the Passport to Chemistry Adventure outreach program.
413-538-2868
Carr Laboratory G22C
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Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Professor Broaders' research interests focus on the interaction of living cells with their material surroundings. He employs the tools of organic synthesis to prepare materials with tailored properties like shape, stiffness, permeability, or response to external stimulus. The responses of cells to these designed properties allows him to assay the way they integrate information about their surroundings and make behavioral choices.
413-538-3658
G22A Carr Laboratory
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Marilyn Dawson Sarles, M.D. Professor of Chemistry
The primary research goal of Professor Chen's interdisciplinary research group is to use materials chemistry to understand and impart important surface phenomena, such as wetting and bio-compatibility of polymeric and inorganic substrates. The selected projects are contemporary, relevant in the field, and feasible for undergraduate researchers and to use the tools of organic, analytical, bio-, physical chemistry.
413-538-2224
G22D Carr Laboratory
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on leave 2014-2015, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Professor Cotter's scientific research focuses on the mechanism of transmetalation. Recently, he has turned his scholarly attentions to the study the history of chemistry, focusing on the American chemical community between 1890 and 1920. Cotter is the author of numerous scholarly papers and presentations, many of them coauthored by Mount Holyoke students.
413-538-2120
218A Clapp Laboratory
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Professor of Chemistry
Professor Hamilton and his students use the tools of synthetic organic chemistry to prepare molecular systems with designed properties or functions. These molecular systems can bind and transport, or bind and recognize, a species of interest. Current projects involve the preparation of transport systems for metal ions employed in medical imaging techniques, as well as the development of a prototype molecular construct for carbohydrate recognition. Hamilton's research with undergraduate students has been published most recently in the Journal of Organic Chemistry, Crystal Growth and Design, and the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
413-538-3427
G02A Carr Laboratory
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Claire Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Professor McMenimen is interested in the chemical interactions that underlie biological systems. Her research group uses tools at the interface of chemistry, biochemistry, neuroscience, and biophysics to study one type of molecular chaperone, the small heat shock proteins. McMenimen is particularly interested in protein homeostasis and how dysfunction of molecular chaperones contributes to protein misfolding diseases, such as, cataracts, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and other neurological diseases.
413-538-3375
G22B Carr Laboratory
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Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Professor Snyder's research focuses on the synthesis and spectroscopic detection of new molecules. Several years ago, in collaboration with Jakob Wirz (Univ. Basel), Snyder and a former Univ. of Chicago graduate student, Dan McMasters, succeeded in making the only known Kekulé biradical. By using a new ab initio computational method, RASSCF-RASPT2, Snyder has since identified several other small hydrocarbons that should also leave two π-electrons unpaired and prefer to exist in a paramagnetic form.
413-538-3262
G02D Carr Laboratory
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Alan van Giessen

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Professor van Giessen uses theoretical and computational techniques to understand the structure and thermodynamics of both complex and simple systems. His research focus has focused on the destabilization of a test protein and its potential to provide a mechanism for nucleating misfolded aggregates complicit in diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Huntington's Disease. A second area of focus is the energetic properties of curved interfaces, such as liquid drops or micelles. Van Giessen teaches a wide range of courses including both general chemistry and physical chemistry and including a seminar course entitled “Poisons: Death by Chemistry”.
413-538-2449
G02C Carr Laboratory
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Staff

Dina Bevivino

Senior Administrative Assistant, Chemistry
Ms. Bevivino helps students with major declarations, permission forms for credits that need to be transferred and to answers any general questions related to the Chemistry department.Along with planning events for the majors, she enjoys music, gardening, playing golf and spending time walking her dog, Bella.
413-538-2214
G04 Carr Laboratory
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Ashley Figueiredo

Senior Laboratory Instructor, Coordinator of Passport to Chemistry Adventure Program
Ms. Figueiredo is the coordinator and senior instructor of the Organic Chemistry laboratories. She teaches the introductory organic labs as well as an and the advanced laboratory course for chemistry and biochemistry majors which focuses on more advanced syntheses and scientific writing. Figueiredo mentors teaching assistants for laboratories and work on curriculum development to keep our labs aligned with current standards in chemistry and to spark interest in students. She values emphasizing the relevance of organic lab techniques and discussing real-world applications of organic topics. Additionally, along with Professor Gomez, Figueiredo advises Mount Holyoke Students in the Passport to Chemistry Adventure outreach program for K-6 children at local libraries.
413-538-2215
111 Carr Laboratory
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Thomas Houle

Laboratory Director/Instructor
Mr. Houle is the Director of the department of chemistry teaching laboratories with concentration on general and analytical chemistry.
413-538-2213
G03 Carr Laboratory
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Himali Jayathilake

Senior Laboratory Instructor, Physical Chemistry, Research Associate
Ms. Jayathilake joined the chemistry department of Mount Holyoke college in fall 2008 after receiving her Ph.D. in physical chemistry. Since then, she has taught courses and associated laboratory components in general chemistry and physical chemistry. In addition to teaching, Jayathilake enjoys performing research with students on synthesis, characterization and assembly of metal nano particles.
413-538-2678
111 Carr Laboratory
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