Faculty

Dr. Jerry Easdon, Ph.D.

Professor of Chemistry 

easdon@cofo.edu

Education:

Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, University of Iowa

M.S. in Chemistry, San Diego State University

B.S. in Chemistry, Southern Nazarene University

Research Interests:

Synthesis of molecules for use in pharmaceutical, agrochemical and electronic industries.

Synthesis and properties of DNA aptamers for use in forensics and pharmaceutical science.

Collaborations with Dr. Jason Lashley (Los Alamos National Laboratory), Dr. Bhaskar Datta (Missouri State University), Dr Stephen DiMagno (University of Nebraska).

Recent Abstracts:

Rusbarsky, K., Easdon, J.C. "Synthesis of a Fluorine Containing Convertible Nucleoside,"  April 2011, ACS National Meeting and Missouri Academy of Science, 1st place in Chemistry Division.

Santo, N., Easdon, J.C. "Synthesis of 4-Acylpyrazole Compounds," April 2010, ACS National Meeting and Missouri Academy of Science, 1st place in Chemistry Division.

Mathews, L., Easdon, J.C. "Factors Affecting Stereoselectivity of Fluorinated Beta-Lactam Synthesis," April 2009, ACS National Meeting and Missouri Academy of Science, 1st place in Chemistry Division.

 Dr. Kenneth Garrison, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry

garrison@cofo.edu

 Education:

NCI Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Kansas

Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, University of Missouri

B.A. in Chemistry, Drury College

Research Interests:

Analytical electrochemistry using modified carbon paste electrodes.

Investigation of protein interactions by self-interaction chromatography.

Combustion analysis of fermentation products and rocket fuels.

Recent Abstracts:

Smith, C.J., Garrison, K.E., "Copper Phthalocyanine Modified Carbon Paste Electrode for Simultaneous Electrochemical Analysis of Homocysteine and Cysteine,"  April 2011, ACS National Meeting and Missouri Academy of Science, 3rd place in Chemistry Division.

Powell, A., Garrison, K.E., Easdon, J.C., "Demonstrating Periodicity Through Conductivity of Nitrate Solutions: A Teaching Method," April 2011, ACS National Meeting and Missouri Academy of Science.

Nicholson, J., Garrison, K.E., "Analysis of the Fermentation Products of Sorghum Halapense with Ruminococcus Albus," April 2011, ACS National Meeting and Missouri Academy of Science, 3rd place in the Agriculture Division.

 Dr. Carol J Breaux, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

cbreaux@cofo.edu

Education:

Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, Washington University                                

M.A. in Chemistry, Washington University                                 

B.S. in Chemistry, Saint Mary’s University    

Research Interests:

Investigate relaxation mechanisms for T1 and T2 relaxation times of solutions of brain metabolites as a function of conductivity, pH, and concentration.

Investigate the effect of cinnamon on glucose testing.

Recent Abstracts:

Conrad, J.A., Breaux, C.J.,  "Investigation Into Relaxation Times and Conductivities of Aqueous Solutions of Brain Metabolites," April 2011, ACS National Meeting and Missouri Academy of Science.

Nunley, A., Breaux, C.J., "Effect of Cinnamon on Glucose Concentrations in Aqueous Solutions," ACS National Meeting and Missouri Academy of Science.           


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