Florida Tech Chemistry

Chemistry Faculty And Staff

All phone numbers use area code 321. Faculty offices are located in the Olin Physical Sciences building (OPS), Olin Life Sciences (OLS), and Olin Engineering Center (OEC). The Chemistry Resource Center (CRC) is in Quad building 405. See the campus map for building locations. The chemistry program fax number is 674-8951.

 Chemistry Program Chair

Jessica Smeltz

Assistant Professor

Program Chair 

Offices: 103 OPS


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Chemistry Faculty

Boris Akhremitchev

Associate Professor

338 OPS


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Biophysical and physical chemistry, atomic force microscopy 


Alan B. Brown

Associate Professor

Office: 322 OPS


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Structural organic chemistry


Andy Knight

Professor and Department Head (BCES)

Office: 103 and 316 OPS


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Inorganic chemistry, catalysis, materials, organometallics, chemistry for defense applications, green technologies


Yi Liao


Office: 310 OPS



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Photochemistry and organic materials


Gordon Nelson

University Professor

Office: River's Edge Main - Building A, 122N


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polymers, polymer degradation and flammability, flame retardant materials, nanocomposites, combustions product toxicity, polymer aging and weathering, coating adhesion to plastic substrates

Nasri Nesnas


Office: 323 OPS



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Synthetic organic, biomimetic, bioorganic and physical organic chemistry

Pavithra Pathirathna

Assistant Professor

Office: 257 OEC



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Analytical chemistry, electrochemistry, micro/nano electrodes, sensors for in-vivo and in-vitro applications 


Roberto Peverati

Assistant Professor

Office: 334 OPS


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Theoretical and computational chemistry for spectroscopy and energy science, molecular modeling for medicinal and synthetic chemistry

Stephen Smith 

Teaching  Assistant Professor

Office: 127 OPS


Analytical chemistry, nanochemistry, formulation chemistry, agrochemical and drug delivery 

Norito Takenaka

Associate Professor

Office: 220 OPS



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Organic chemistry 



Robert Usselman

Assistant Professor

Office: 324 OPS




Quantum biology, electron paramagnetic resonance


Rudi Wehmschulte


Office: 314 OPS



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Main group chemistry, main group organometallic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, materials chemistry, catalysts



Wilma Cohen

Administrative Assistant

Office: 101 OLS


Katherine A. Legg

Laboratory Manager I

Office: 112 OPS




Chemistry Faculty Emerita and Emeriti


Michael Babich 

Professor Emeritus



Inorganic chemistry


J. Clayton Baum

Professor Emeritus



Physical chemistry, including spectroscopic and computational investigation of ground and excited state molecular properties; optical sensors

Joshua Rokach

Professor, Director of the Claude Pepper Institute for Aging and Therapeutic Research


Bioorganic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, natural product chemistry


Mary L. Sohn

Professor Emeritus



Analytical, environmental and geochemistry 


Joel Olson

Associate Emeritus


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Materials, chemistry of surfaces and interfaces, microscopy, chemical sensors, chemical education


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