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About Chemistry programs

Chemistry Faculty

Department of Chemistry

Location: Building 50, Room 3400
Phone: (904) 620-3503
Facsimile: (904) 620-3535
Web Address:

Dr. Bryan Knuckley, Chair


The mission of the UNF Department of Chemistry is to provide excellent educational experiences in the classroom and the laboratory at all levels and in all subdisciplines of chemistry. Our goal is to foster in our students a solid background in the foundational aspects, an understanding of scientific methods of inquiry, and an appreciation for the significance and relevance of chemistry in daily life. We strive to offer programs of relevance that prepare our students for graduate school, medical school, or careers in the chemical industry or in teaching. Toward these ends, the Department has focused its resources on 1) undergraduate curricula that convey the fundamental theories and principles in chemistry, and 2) opportunities for faculty to mentor undergraduates in original research in order to enhance their theoretical, experimental, and creative abilities through hands-on laboratory experiences. In designing our lecture and laboratory courses we strive to engage our students and to help them develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork skills.

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate degrees:

The Department of Chemistry offers four Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry with four tracks: traditional Chemistry, Pre-Medical Professions, Materials Chemistry, and Biochemistry.

In conjunction with the College of Education and Human Services, B.A.E. and M.A.E. degrees with majors in chemistry, general sciences are also available.

Graduate degrees:

Advanced degrees in Chemistry such as a Master’s of Science or a Doctor of Philosophy are not offered at present. In conjunction with Physics and Engineering, Chemistry is happy to be offering the Master’s program in Materials Science and Engineering set to begin in Fall 2021.


All of the tracks for the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry are certified by the American Chemical Society.

The Program

Chemistry is a central science that deals with the study of the properties and behavior of matter. Knowledge of chemistry has always been fundamental to the investigation of the physical world. It serves as a bridge between biological sciences, physics and mathematics.

In recent years, the traditional specialties of Analytical, Organic, Inorganic, Physical, and Biochemistry have become increasingly interconnected, creating new and exciting interdisciplinary concentrations in areas like bio-organic, bio-inorganic, bio-analytical, bio-physical, and materials chemistry. The ever-increasing use of complex technologies and processes employed in modern medicine, agriculture, defense, manufacturing, and other industries is a clear indication that the demand for individuals with a chemistry background will continue to increase in the future. An array of analytical and spectroscopic instrumentation is available for laboratory instruction and research. Students in the chemistry program are encouraged to gain research experience by working in the laboratory of a faculty member of their choice. Diverse projects in synthetic and mechanistic organic chemistry, natural products, bioorganic chemistry, materials and solid state inorganic chemistry, environmental and analytical chemistry, and computational physical chemistry are currently available for undergraduate research. By a judicious choice of courses, students in research programs can obtain credit toward graduation. Qualified students engaging in undergraduate research during the summer and/or academic year could receive financial support from their faculty research advisor or via competitive university fellowship awards or other scholarships. Several tuition scholarships are also available on a competitive basis.

Department of Chemistry Faculty

Bryan Knuckley, Associate Professor and Chair

Melissa P. Bush, Associate Laboratory Lecturer

Corey P. Causey, Associate Professor

Stuart J. Chalk, Professor

Matthew Dickman, Laboratory Lecturer

Hank Eng, Laboratory Lecturer

Brynna Jones, Assistant Professor

Kenneth K. Laali, Professor

Amy L. Lane, Associate Professor

Joseph Langat, Laboratory Lecturer

Michael W. Lufaso, Associate Professor

Hannah R. Malcolm, Assistant Professor

Joshua J. Melko, Assistant Professor

Barnali Mondal, Laboratory Lecturer

Naveen Mukhtar, Laboratory Lecturer

Thomas J. Mullen, Associate Professor

Frederick J. Troendle, Associate Laboratory Lecturer