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Our professors are distinguished scholars, active researchers, published writers, and faithful Christians who demonstrate what it means to be both Christ-followers and leaders in their academic fields. As mentors and role models, they play a huge role in the integration of faith and learning at Bethel.

Department Chair

Rollin King

Rollin King

Department Chair and Professor of Chemistry | rking@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2001

King's research is in the area of computational chemistry, which is the application of quantum mechanics using the tools of modern computing to solve problems in chemistry. He is a primary developer of the PSI4 quantum chemistry package, collaborating with scientists around the world to develop open-source software. King's current research focuses on the modeling polymers for organic photovoltaic cells, determining molecular stereochemistry by computing spectroscopic properties, generating . . . read more.

Faculty

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Don Albright

Professor of Chemistry Emeritus | d-albright@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1985

Professor of Chemistry Emeritus

James Christenson

James Christenson

Assistant Professor of Chemistry | chrjam@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Professor Christenson teaches within the Chemistry department.

Amy Gorowsky

Amy Gorowsky

Laboratory and Safety Coordinator and Adjunct Instructor of Chemistry | rohamy@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Amy teaches the Laboratory Safety Workshop and Science Concepts course in Chemistry.

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Brian Leafblad

Adjunct Instructor of Chemistry | brian-leafblad@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2019

Leafblad is a Bethel chemistry alum who has spent 22 years in industry inventing new products and tools for the facilities cleaning market, mentoring young scientists, doing analytical test method development, giving presentations at conferences and for both customers and senior corporate leadership, and teaching people how to apply science to every day life. He loves digging into the meaning of chemistry and science in general: how it works and why it matters.. . . read more.

Trey Maddox

Trey Maddox

Associate Professor of Chemistry | m-maddox@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Maddox's research focuses on two classical areas of organic chemistry, synthesis and natural product isolation. His main project focuses on the synthesis of modified DNA and RNA nucleosides. These modified nucleosides can be used to study template directed polymerization, the core mechanism in DNA replication, transcription, and translation. His newest project is developing protocols for the isolation and identification of biologically active compounds in different herbal remedies that have. . . read more.

Ashley Mahoney

Ashley Mahoney

Professor of Chemistry and Associate Department Chair | amahoney@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2001

Mahoney's research is in chemical education, both curriculum development and scholarship of teaching and learning projects. Mahoney is active with the POGIL (process-oriented guided inquiry learning) Project and has co-authored a collection of POGIL activities for the GOB (allied health) classroom available through Wiley. She has also assembled a national consortium of faculty to write inquiry laboratories for introductory courses. Her research projects focus on incorporating various learni. . . read more.

Ken Rohly

Ken Rohly

Professor of Chemistry | rohly@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1987

My research is focused on solution, surface, and materials chemistry applied to industrial applications. My major area of interest has been the modification of the surface chemistry of metallic and polymeric biomaterials used for devices implanted in the body. Recent research projects include the development and understanding of ion-exchange materials, physical and chemical adsorption phenomena, the application of biocides in medical device processes, microencapsulation and controlled relea. . . read more.

Angela Stoeckman

Angela Stoeckman

Associate Professor of Chemistry | a-stoeckman@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Angela is interested in the regulation of fatty acid metabolism. Fatty acids are not only important in the generation of ATP/energy, but they are important signaling molecules and inflammatory mediators. Fatty acids are stored as triacylglycerol (TAG) molecules in a dynamic cellular organelle called the lipid droplet. My research focuses on proteins that coat these lipid droplets in the hepatocyte and act to regulate the entry or exit of TAGs.

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Paul Tavernier

Professor of Chemistry Emeritus | p-tavernier@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1973

Professor of Chemistry Emeritus

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David Tweeten

Adjunct Professor of Chemistry | twedav@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2018

Adjunct Professor of Chemistry

Brandon Winters

Brandon Winters

Associate Professor of Chemistry | b-winters@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2011

Dr. Winters' research is currently focused on the chemistry of carbon. Carbon has more known allotropes than any other material with a new one having been discovered as recently as 2015. While many of these allotropes have existed naturally for thousands of years, it was not until 2004 that one particularly fascinating one, graphene, was discovered and characterized. This form of carbon is the first 2D material ever discovered and is made up of a single atomic-thin layer of carbons bonded t. . . read more.

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