Augusta University research in chemistry covers a range of areas with an emphasis on biomolecular compounds and drug discovery. The department houses the Chemical and Biomolecular Analysis Facility as a core resource to facilitate research with major instrumentation that includes NMR, ICP, CD, and XRD spectroscopy among others. Below are research areas of the department showing faculty with expertise in each of these areas.
Analytical chemistry is concerned with identifying substances and quantifying amounts of substances. An array of instruments and methods is available to detect signatures of compounds to deduce the identity and amount of materials present in a sample.
Biochemistry, or biological chemistry studies the compounds and transformations that are associated with living organisms. This includes investigation of the substances involved, the pathways and their mechanisms, signaling and regulation, energy changes, and the interaction of biomolecules with other substances.
Chemical education research seeks to understand how students learn chemistry and how to improve student understanding of chemistry through the teaching methods employed.
Tom Crute, Stephanie Myers, Angie Spencer, Yanjun Wan
Computational chemistry examines the chemical design of potential pharmaceutical agents through an understanding of the pharmacological targets using quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSAR), Molecular modeling and dynamics.
Environmental chemistry measures substances significant to the quality of our environment. This includes looking a substances that are not beneficial to the environment (e.g., pollutants) as well as substances that are (e.g., dissolved oxygen).
Food chemistry is concerned with the chemical processes and interactions of the components of food, including the biological substances such as proteins and lipids as well as additives, flavors, and colors. Processing techniques of food may also be studied.
Green chemistry is concerned with designing materials and processes in a manner that reduces or eliminates generation of hazardous substances in the design, manufacture, and application of chemical products.
Materials science seeks to understand and develop materials with new applications and improved performance to provide solutions to technological, societal, and environmental problems.
The study of compounds of with pharmaceutical activity comprises medicinal chemistry. It includes the design and synthesis of new drug compounds, identification and isolation of medicinal compounds from nature, and processes for producing drugs in a cost-effective and environmentally friendly manner.
Natural products are substances produced by living organisms and thus found in nature. Many natural products have valuable properties and this field is concerned with discovery, isolation, identification, and properties of potentially useful new natural products.
Nuclear science is the study of isotopes whose nuclear instability results in decay with emission of radioactivity. It includes the study of the radiation amounts and the effects of exposure from radioactive material, and separation methods for application to nuclear forensics and the nuclear fuel cycle.
Chris Klug, Joe Newton
Organic compounds represent the largest type of known substances (over 9 million of the approximate 10 million known substances) and include molecules with many applications such as drugs, food, fuel, explosives, plastics, enzymes, cosmetics, fabrics, and biological molecules. Organic synthesis involves the design and intentional construction of desired organic substances, and includes the development of new reactions.