CHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT FACULTY


VLADIMIR E. FAINZILBERG

M.S. (Chemical Physics) Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

Ph.D. (Quantum Chemistry) Kishinev State University, Moldova

My teaching in the Chemistry department includes the classical general chemistry course (lectures and laboratories), called Principles of Chemistry (CHM 3, 4), lecture and laboratory in Physical Chemistry (CHM 55, 56) and Quantum Chemistry (CHM 57). The Principles of Chemistry course provides the student with a solid broad knowledge of general and descriptive chemistry with an emphasis on experimental skills and principles for future employment applications in the chemical industry or academia. Quantum Chemistry stresses the principles of the quantum approach to chemistry necessary to grasp modern experimental techniques and trends of electron (ESR) and nuclear spin resonance (NSR), Mossbauer Spectroscopy and Optics. My current research interests are the study of the magnetic properties of coordination compounds of transition metals with fixed and variable valency, and their manifestation in radiospectroscopy experiments. Clusters of transition metals exhibit unusual magnetic behavior (computer memory chip applications), represent the active sites of natural and synthetic enzymes (biological applications) and are important in understanding cooperative phenomena in chemical bonding (fundamental research).

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ARTHUR S. GOLDBERG

B.A. New York University

M.S. New York University

Ph.D. University of Hawaii

 

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STEWART KARP

B.A. (Chemistry) Queens College (CUNY)

M.S. (Chemistry) Polytechnic University

Ph.D. (Chemistry) Polytechnic University

I teach introductory chemistry courses (CHM 3, 4) and advanced courses in analytical chemistry (CHM 37, 38). Research in analytical chemistry is performed in my laboratory. For example, a number of students and I devised a method for determining ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) along with its oxidized form. We also apply analytical chemistry to solve problems. We analyzed the fluid in a canopic jar which was found with a recently discovered Egyptian mummy.

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NANCY J. S. PETERS

B.S. (Chemistry) Cornell University

M.A. (Physical Chemistry) Princeton University

Ph.D. (Physical Chemistry) Princeton University

 

I spent 23 years at Southampton College before coming to C. W. Post.  I currently teach general chemistry lecture and laboratory (CHM 3, 4), although I've also taught Quantitative Analysis, Physical Chemistry, and Advanced Inorganic previously at Southampton.  I spend time in assessment and testing:  as a judge for the Siemens-Westinghouse Science and Technology Competition, as an Advanced Placement chemistry reader, and as a member of the NY State Department of Education committee to prepare NYSTCE (exams) for future chemistry teachers.  My research interest is small molecules, their structure and energetics (primarily of H, N, O, and F), using computer packages to complete molecular orbital calculations.

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NICHOLAS J. RAMER

B.S. (Chemistry) Long Island University - C. W. Post Campus

B.S. (Mathematics) Long Island University - C. W. Post Campus

Ph.D. (Theoretical Physical Chemistry) University of Pennsylvania
 

I teach the half-year organic chemistry (CHM 25) and the half-year biochemistry (CHM 71) courses for health-science majors. The courses together prepare these majors for advanced studies in nutrition as well as medical biology.  I am a theoretician and I study ferroelectric materials which of use in many different devices, such as acoustic speakers, submarine SONAR and non-volatile memories.  Using large-scale quantum mechanical calculations, I am currently designing new materials that are cheaper and more powerful than the current generation of ferroelectrics.

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LAWRENCE ROCKS

B.S. (Chemistry) Queens College, N.Y.

M.S. (Chemistry) Purdue University, Indiana

D.Sc. (Chemistry) Technische Hochschule, Austria

I teach a General Chemistry course for non-science majors (CHM 1, 2) and a graduate course in the Environmental Studies Program. The graduate course contains the subjects of chemical pollution and its abatement in various industries. I have authored two books on energy: "The Energy Crisis" and "Fuels for Tomorrow". My main interests are in energy systems, such as, nuclear, solar, wind, agricultural, and synthetic fuels.

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JOAN E. SHIELDS

B.A. (Chemistry) Regis College

M.S. (Chemistry) Tufts University

Ph.D. (Organic Chemistry) Boston College

Dr. Joan E. Shields passed away in April of 2008.  She taught introductory

Organic Chemistry courses CHM 21, 22, 21L, 22L, and senior course

Spectroscopic Identification of Organic Compounds, CHM 24.  Her broad

research interests ranged from nitrogen and sulfur organic compounds to

Organic Photochemistry to synthesis of polycyclic hydrocarbons.  Lately she

applied molecular modeling to predict strain energies and heats of formations. 

Using this information one can predict whether or not a specific compound can

be synthesized, which has extremely important pharmaceutical applications. 

For many years she served as the Chair of the Department, and is profoundly

missed by faculty, staff, and students. 


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