Faculty Profiles

Chemistry department faculty contact and bio information


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Dr. Karen Molek

  • Position: Chair, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Administrative Fellow for Competitive Grants, MARC & Chemistry Scholars Programs Director
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Office Location:  Building 58C/204A

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 and is now Department Chair.

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Dr. Karen W. Barnes

  • Position: Lecturer
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Office Location:  Building 58C, Room 204G

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: Professor, Director of STEM Success
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Office Location:  Building 58C, Room 204B

Dr. Pamela Benz, Professor, Director of STEM Success, 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.

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Ms. Christina Fields-Wolf

  • Position: Visiting Lecturer
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Office Location:  Building 58, Room 004

Ms. Christina Fields-Wolf is a visiting lecturer in the Department of Chemistry.

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Dr. Tanay Kesharwani

  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Office Location:  Building 58C, Room 204H

Dr. Tanay Kesharwani, an Associate 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. Ajay Lajmi

  • Position: Lecturer
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Office Location:  Building 58C, Room 204

Dr. Ajay Lajmi's research interest includes developing methods to synthesize molecules with targeted biochemical functional properties with potential applications in biotechnology.

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Dr. Thomas Moore

  • Position: Visiting Assistant Professor
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Office Location:  Building 58, Room 002

Dr. Moore, at UWF since Fall 2019, has been teaching Organic Chemistry 1 and Organic Chemistry 1 lab as well as conducting research in association with Dr. Michael Huggins. Dr. Moore obtained his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 2015 from Dr. George Kabalka at UT Knoxville.

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Dr. A. Timothy Royappa

  • Position: Professor
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Office Location:  Building 58, Room 001
  • Personal UWF Website

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 58, Room 008

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

Dr. Katherine Whitaker

Dr. Katherine Whitaker

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

Dr. Katherine Whitaker holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin and teaches courses in general chemistry.

Emeritus Faculty

Chemistry department emeritus faculty contact information.


  • Dr. Jerome Gurst

    • Position: Professor Emeritus
    • Department: Chemistry
    • Office Location: 58C, Room 210
    • jgurst@uwf.edu
  • Dr. Stephen "Peter" Tanner