Chemistry professors ask a lot of themselves in order to give back to their students high-impact learning.
Dr. Barry Eichler is the department's inorganic chemist and is interested in materials science. One of the current projects that he is working on is the detection of prostate cancer using quantum dots. Another project is the synthesis of organic dyes for dye-sensitized solar cells.
Dr. Cyndey Johnson-Edler
Assistant Professor, Analytical Chemistry
Froiland Science Complex #324
Cyndey joined Augustana as a visiting Analytical Chemistry Instructor in the Spring of 2016. She has since taught general chemistry labs and is now the Chemistry Department's tenure-track Analytical Chemist. Cyndey received her Ph. D. from South Dakota State University in Environmental Analytical Chemistry for her research into the architecture of Natural Organic Matter in the soil as it relates to carbon sequestration.
Dr. Andrew Klose arrived at Augustana in the fall of 2015 after a two-year appointment as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Time and Frequency Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado. He received his bachelor’s degree with majors in chemistry and mathematics from the University of Jamestown (ND), and earned his Ph.D. in nuclear chemistry from Michigan State University. The Klose Group research program focuses on precision laser spectroscopic measurements of trace gases using cavity-enhanced techniques.
Dr. Duffy-Matzner is an organic methodologist by training. She also has experience in industrial polymers and forensic science. She is active in the field of chemical education and has served as an editor for several chemistry publications. She received her Bachelor of Science at Boise State University and her Ph.D. at U.C. Davis. Her research centers on the synthesis of heterocyclic compounds with interesting biological or material science applications; particularly in the fields of drug design, solar cells and environmental chemistry. Dr. Duffy-Matzner is a recipient of the Vernon and Mildred Niebuhr Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching.
Dr. Jared R. Mays joined the Augustana faculty in 2009 and is the department’s biochemist. He received his Bachelor of Science with majors in chemistry and biochemistry from Gustavus Adolphus College, his Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Wisconsin, and completed postdoctoral work in medicinal chemistry at the University of Kansas. As a synthetic medicinal chemist, he has established a multidisciplinary research program at Augustana which bridges the boundaries between chemistry and biology and is focused on the medicinal chemistry of glucosinolates and isothiocyanates, anticancer natural products found in broccoli.
Dr. Andrew Strandjord
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Froiland Science Complex #328
Dr. Andrew Strandjord earned his bachelor’s degree with majors in physics, biology and chemistry from Luther College and his Ph.D. in physical/organic chemistry from the University of Minnesota. He has won many awards and holds patents for his chemical research during his career. He comes to Augustana after working in California at PacTech-USA where he served as senior manager and director of operations.
Dr. Charlie Weiss
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Froiland Science Complex #322
Dr. Charlie Weiss’s interests span the areas of organic and inorganic chemistry, along with scientific computing. He received his bachelor's degree from Carleton College, his Ph.D. from Northwestern University, and completed his postdoctoral work in the electrocatalysis group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. His research has historically centered around the development of organometallic complexes at catalysts for organic reactions but has more recently moved into digital data analysis and visualization using Python and the SciPy stack.
Stockroom Manager, NMR Coordinator
Froiland Science Complex #317A
With a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from South Dakota State University, Laura began her career working 10 years as an environmental chemist. Before joining Augustana, she gained industry experience as a Lab Manager at an ethanol facility that was retrofitted to an isobutanol production plant.
Marlys Vant Hul '94
Froiland Science Complex #390
Marlys has worked at Augustana University for more than twenty-five years. She and her two daughters are Augustana alumni and she and her husband have a granddaughter attending Augustana University. Marlys is also the Science Day coordinator, which brings about 300 high school juniors and seniors to campus every fall for a day of hands-on science experiences. Marlys thoroughly enjoys being surrounded by the very best students and watching the students grow and change throughout their time at Augustana. Marlys enjoys shopping, gardening, walking and reading.
Dr. Duane Weisshaar came to Augustana in 1984 with a Master's from University of Kansas, a Ph.D. from North Dakota State University in Analytical Chemistry, and two years of postdoctoral experience in electrochemistry at The Ohio State University. After 34 years of full-time teaching, he moved to a half-time staff position as the Chemistry Instrument and Computer Technician, with duties that include: care and maintenance of the Department’s instruments and computers, instrument training and teaching Instrument Proficiency courses. Dr. Weisshaar held the Orin M. Lofthus Distinguished Professorship from 2016-2019.