Chemistry Department, 2017

Mission

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 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 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.

Learning Outcomes

For the Chemistry Student:
Students will demonstrate an understanding of major concepts, theoretical principles and experimental findings in chemistry. They will be able to employ critical thinking and efficient problem-solving skills in the four basic areas of chemistry (analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical). The Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Tougaloo College will train students to work effectively in diverse teams in both classroom and laboratory, to effectively write and communicate, to conduct experiments using modern instrumentation for chemical analysis and separation, analyze data, and interpret results, while observing responsible and ethical scientific conduct. This will enable students to gain entry into professional schools, graduate programs, or the job market.

For the Physics Student:
Students will acquire an overview of the major areas of classical and modern physics; and, learn the fundamental concepts and laws of physics, their interrelationships and various applications.

 

Faculty and Staff

 

Dr. George Armstrong
Professor and Chair, Physics/Chemistry
Teaches: Organic Chemistry, General Chemistry, Introduction to Chemistry
Email: garmstrong@tougaloo.edu
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
Email: bsengupta@tougaloo.edu
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
Email: mfeng@tougaloo.edu
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. Richard McGinnis
Professor, Chemistry
Teaches: Physical Chemistry I, II, General Chemistry II
Email: rmcginnis@tougaloo.edu
Phone: 601-977-7782
Dr. Richard McGinnis
Dr. Pradip K. Biswas
Ph.D., Jadavpur University
Research: Computational Biology, Bio-Nanoengineering
pbiswas@tougaloo.edu
Biswas
Research: i) Oxidative DNA damage by radicals using DFT-based QM/MM dynamics, ii) Allosteric drug designing for hormonal therapy resistant breast and prostate cancers, and iii) Development of a topology independent classical force field for Molecular Dynamic simulations.
Dr. Santanu Banerjee
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Research: Surface Science and Nanoscience
sbanerjee@tougaloo.edu
Banerjee