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Mary Crawford

Professor & Chair of Chemistry

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7326

mcrawfor@​knox.edu

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Meet the Chemistry Faculty

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7326

mcrawfor@knox.edu

"My laboratory uses kinetic, mechanistic, and computational approaches to determine the products formed and the rate constants of reactions of the hydroxyl radical and the chlorine atom with various anthropogenic substances. Of particular interest at this time is the study of fuel additives."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7434

dcermak@knox.edu

"My research interests lie primarily in the area of synthesis of optically active organic molecules. Three-dimensional characteristics of organic molecules are highly influential on their chemistry and biochemistry, and create special challenges to the synthetic organic chemist. My research students and I are working specifically on the synthesis of organic molecules that contain phosphorus, an element that plays an active role in many biochemical transformations."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7270

amehl@knox.edu

"The general research interest for my laboratory is on protein structure and how the final 3-D structure is obtained; what provides stability to a protein and how does a newly synthesized protein fold into its final shape? We use a protein from E. coli called GrpE as a model protein to try to answer questions about folding and stability because it has some common and unique structural characteristics."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7333

lwelch@knox.edu

"My students and I have done a wide variety of experiments over the years, starting with electrochemistry and chromatography, but now moving more toward spectroscopy. In particular, we've been looking at the luminescence of the lanthanide metals and their compounds, and have been working with fluorescence anisotropy to probe complex systems."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7482

tclayton@knox.edu

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7798

hhoyt@knox.edu

"My research laboratory focuses on the design of environmentally benign catalysts to address important challenges in synthetic organic chemistry and materials science. Transition-metal organometallic catalysts provide an interesting platform for study given the variety of selective transformations that they can accomplish by the subtle tuning of their coordination environments. One goal in my research is inspired by an aspect of green chemistry known as atom economy. This involves efficiently transforming readily available reagents into valuable products while producing a minimum amount of chemical waste byproducts. A strong emphasis is placed on using mechanistic insight to drive future reaction discovery and development."

Cooperating Faculty from Other Programs

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7308

jkirkley@knox.edu

"My research program is devoted to investigating factors that control the size and character of the immune response. This basic information about how cells of the immune system respond to various stimuli has a wide variety of applications, ranging from disease prevention to disease amelioration or cure."

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