Professional Background

Currently, I am an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the College of Charleston. I started my academic career here in August 1999. Previously I was a postdoctoral researcher at Dartmouth College with Russ Hughes where I studied transition metal perfluoroalkyl complexes. I obtained my Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University with Tim Hanusa by investigating main group and transition metal metallocenes and metallocene derivatives. I earned my B.S. in Chemistry and Political Science at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Personal Background

My wife, Robin, and I have two daughters (Emma and Sarah) and two cats (Maisy and Ace).

Things I Like and Like to Do

My real passion is cooking. Cooking is simply chemistry on a macroscopic scale but it is also a way to peer into one's soul. I like Iron Chef America and Top Chef among the many cooking shows I watch.

As for cuisines, I enjoy just about every one of them. I favor rustic French, Italian and Spanish cooking but have a real soft spot for Latin American, Malaysian, and Vietnamese food. I will eat just about anything and believe in the head-to-tail concept.

I am a huge fan of Chef Thomas Keller. I have two of his cookbooks (Bouchon and Ad Hoc at Home) and have cooked my way through almost all of both of them. One of the items on my bucket list is to eat at Keller’s The French Laundry. I could absolutely “settle” for Per Se in New York City as well...

When it comes to sports, I am a diehard Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Lakers fan. Of course, I root for my alma maters in college sports, particularly Vanderbilt basketball.

I am also an avid fan of swimming as one of my daughters is a competitive swimmer. I am currently a nationally certified (N2) USA Swimming Stroke & Turn official as well as Starter.

In my spare time and weather permitting, I enjoy being on my boat. One of the perks of living in Charleston is the multitude of waterways for boating.

When it comes to computers, I am a Mac fan through and through. I got on board with Apple in 1992 with my first Mac and have never looked back. I love my iMac and MacBook Air. And I love my iPhone as well. This is probably the single greatest invention known to man. The wheel is a close second... :-)