Chemistry Department, 2017


In Chemistry:
Recognizing the increasing importance of chemistry both as an area of liberal arts education and as a professional field, the Department of Chemistry/Physics offers courses to serve two types of students: 1) those who want some fundamental knowledge of chemistry as a part of their general education; 2) those who need specific training in chemistry in preparation for professional careers in health, engineering, secondary education and chemistry. Chemistry graduates are expected to be acquainted with the basic principles of inorganic, organic, analytical, physical and biological chemistry, and to be able to apply these concepts using analytical reasoning and experimental methodology to the formulation and solution of a variety of problems.

In Physics:
The Department of Chemistry/Physics offers all major undergraduate courses in physics required to complete a degree in Physics. The degrees offered are B.S. in Physics and B.S. in Physics with Secondary Education. The Department also offers a minor in Physics and Dual Degree Programs with partner institutions to pursue careers in Physics and Engineering. Physics majors seeking interdisciplinary careers in the Biomedical fields, Law, Technology, etc. are advised to choose appropriate minors from Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Pre-Med, or Pre-Law. The department also offers active undergraduate research training and in-house research opportunities in Bio-Engineering, Geographical Information System, and Nanotechnology. Students can also avail research opportunities at partner institutions in Astrophysics, Aerospace Engineering, and Materials Engineering.

Faculty and Staff

Dr. George Armstrong
Professor and Chair, Physics/Chemistry
Teaches: Organic Chemistry, General Chemistry, Introduction to Chemistry
Phone number: 601-977-7785
Dr. George Armstrong, Professor and Chair, Chemistry
Research: Synthesis of polyurethane nano-composites for possible use in direct methanol fuel cell membranes, which involves energy generation from renewable resource. Nano particles are prepared by “precipitation polymerization”. Polyurethane polymer chains have hard segments and soft segments. In this research we are developing a process for in situ precipitation of nano particles of the hard segments by “precipitation polymerization” into the soft segment to give nano- composites.
Dr. Bidisha Sengupta
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Teaches: Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, Introduction to Chemistry
Phone: 601-977-7779
Dr. Bidisha Sengupta Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Research: Research studies on three major areas of contemporary interest: 1. Studies on the antioxidative properties of plant flavonoids in preventing glycation of proteins, nucleic acids and membranes. 2. DNA as templates for Fluorescent Silver Clusters for tumor/cancer cell imaging. 3. Spectroscopic studies on the binding of therapeutically active plant flavonoids with unusual DNA motifs toward alternate cancer therapy.
Dr. Manliang Feng
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Teaches: General Chemistry, Experimental Physical Chemistry
Phone: 601-977-7790
Dr. Manliang Feng Associate Professor, Chemistry
Research: 1) Design and evaluation of polypeptide based anti-cancer drugs. Peptide based drug delivery and tracing systems. 2) Studies of the electron transfer mechanism of metal enzymes and their roles in bio-catalysis. .
Dr. Rajender Trehan
Professor, Chemistry
Teaches: Quantitative Analysis, General Chemistry
Phone: 601-977-7792
Dr. Rajender Trehan
Dr. Richard McGinnis
Professor, Chemistry
Teaches: Physical Chemistry I, II, General Chemistry II
Phone: 601-977-7782
Dr. Richard McGinnis
Dr. Pradip K. Biswas
Co-Chair of Physics Department
Ph.D., Jadavpur University
Research: Computational Biology, Bio-Nanoengineering
Dr. Santanu Banerjee
Co-Chair of Physics Department
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Research: Surface Science and Nanoscience