Faculty Profiles

Chemistry department faculty contact and bio information


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Dr. Alan Schrock

  • Position: Professor and Chair
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Office Location:  Building 58, Room 101

Dr. Alan K. Schrock is Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry, which he joined after a 26-year career with The Dow Chemical Company. He teaches courses and works with undergraduates involved in research projects. He also is the Chair of the Department of Physics.

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Dr. Karen W. Barnes

  • Position: Lecturer, Analytical
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Office Location:  Building 58A, Room 217

Dr. Karen W. Barnes received her P.h.D. in Chemistry from the University of Florida.

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Dr. Pamela (Vaughan) Benz

  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Office Location:  Building 58, Room 3

Dr. Pamela Benz, Associate Professor, holds a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Maryland, teaches analytical courses and conducts aquatic photochemistry research. Benz has served on college leadership councils and founded the Office of Undergraduate Research in 2010.

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Dr. Jonathan Buttrick

  • Position: Visiting Assistant Professor
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Office Location:  Building 58, Room 112

Dr. Jonathan Buttrick, a Visiting Assistant Professor, received his BS in Chemistry from UWF in 2010 and his PhD from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2016. He teaches primarily general and organic chemistry courses and conducts organic chemistry research.

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Dr. Michael Huggins

  • Position: Professor
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Office Location:  Building 58

Dr. Michael Huggins has received several awards and fellowships over the course of his career, including the 2013 University Faculty Distinguished Service Award.

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Dr. Tanay Kesharwani

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Office Location:  Building 58, Room 008

Dr. Tanay Kesharwani, a Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, focuses his research on developing new synthetic methods that can be used on novel materials and small molecules.

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Dr. Karen Molek

  • Position: Associate Professor of Chemistry and Administrative Fellow for Student Engagement, Chemistry Scholars Program Director
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Office Location:  Building 58, Room 004

Dr. Karen Molek, an award-winning Associate Professor of Chemistry, has helped raise more than $2 million in outside funding since she begin teaching at UWF in 2008.

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Dr. A. Timothy Royappa

  • Position: Professor
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Office Location:  Building 58, Room 001
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Dr. A. Timothy Royappa, Professor of Chemistry, conducts research on copper(I) complexes for semiconductor microelectronics, pharmaceutical and nanotechnology applications. He is in UWF’s Distinguished Teaching Hall of Fame.

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Dr. Leonard Ter Haar

  • Position: Professor
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Office Location:  Building 4, Room 0445

Dr. Leonard Willem ter Haar, a Professor of Chemistry, has been involved in many aspects of UWF’s growth.

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  • Katherine Whitaker

    • Position: Lecturer
    • Department: Chemistry
    • Office Location: Building 58, Room 102
    • kwhitaker@uwf.edu
    • 8504742742
    • Short Bio: Dr. Katherine Whitaker holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin and teaches courses in general chemistry.