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Our faculty are committed to maintaining a high degree of competence in their specialties and also to helping students develop the ability to think critically, independently, and creatively. They foster a learning environment of mutual support and cooperation in the context of a Christian worldview.

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Dr. Steven Lee, Chair

Professor of Chemistry

(509) 527-2041
Steven.Lee@wallawalla.edu

Professor Lee’s bio

Current teaching areas: General Chemistry and General Chemistry Laboratory, Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry

Education: Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison. Specializing in analytical chemistry.

Interests: Bread baking, metal work, archery

Joseph Brannaka

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

(509) 527-2299
Joseph.Brannaka@wallawalla.edu

Dr. Kyle Craig

Professor of Chemistry

(509) 527-2762
Kyle.Craig@wallawalla.edu

Nerissa Lewis

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

(509) 527-2040
Nerissa.Lewis@wallawalla.edu

Professor Lewis’ bio

Current teaching areas: General Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, and Inorganic Chemistry.

Education:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD),Louisiana State University
    • Synthesis and characterization of B12model complexes and the study of their potential use in the targeted delivery of therapeutic and diagnostic metal compounds. 
    • Design of ligands for the chelation of metals, particularly cobalt, rhenium and platinum. 
  • Masters of Science (MSc), University of Southern Mississippi 
    • Synthesis and characterization of novel vanadium(IV) complexes and the study of their potential use as cancer therapeutic agents.
    • Development of a viable mechanism for the fate of the products obtained upon aerial oxidation of novel vanadium(IV) complexes.

Awards:

  • TA Scholar Award presented by the Department of Chemistry (Louisiana State University) in recognition of outstanding services as a teaching assistant.
  • The Metro New York Chapter graduate student award for the application of precious metals to Medical Research awarded by the International Precious Metal Institute, Inc.
  • Certificate of academic leadership awarded by the American Afro Association of the University of Southern Mississippi.
  • Certificate of Excellence for outstanding performance in Analytical Chemistry awarded by the University of the West Indies.
  • Certificate of academic excellence awarded by the University of the West Indies.

Professional experience and certifications: 

  • Development of new methods for the synthesis of metal compounds. 
  • Knowledge in the characterization of metal compounds by using FT IR, UV-Visible, Fluorescence, Circular Dichroism, 1D and 2D 1H and 13C NMR Spectroscopies, ESI and MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry, and Cyclic and Square Wave Voltammetry. 

Interests: Hiking, camping, swimming

Last update on July 17, 2018