Spotlight on New Facultyóa Q&A with Professor GorDan Reeves

Interview by Jenny Connell; photo by Dan Landau

FDU welcomes GorDan Reeves, the newest assistant professor in chemistry to Becton College of Arts and Sciences. Reeves hopes to share with his students his passion for chemistry, and his desire to bring a newfound appreciation for other concentrations within the field.

FDU: Tell us about your new positionÖ

GR: Iíve been hired as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Iíll be teaching General and Inorganic Chemistry courses.

FDU: What sparked your passion in this field?

GR: While Iíve always enjoyed chemistry as an undergrad, I didnít develop a passion for the field until I took Inorganic Chemistry, and in particular, Inorganic Chemistry Lab.  In the first week of the lab course, as a means of studying Crystal Field Theory and the spectrochemical series of ligands, we made a series of multicolored Chromium complexes.  What was so cool about the experiment was that we could now form a direct correlation between color and energy.  Iíve been hooked on chemistry ever since.

FDU: What is something that you would like to contribute to FDU?

GR: Hopefully, through my research, I can bring an appreciation for solar energy studies and synthetic inorganic chemistry.

FDU: What do you want your students to walk away with from your class?

GR: In addition to gaining a greater understanding of the course material, Iíd really like the students to understand the importance of networking and inter-disciplinary collaborations. This is especially useful in the sciences, where we are now seeing the boundary lines between fields being blurred, and the creation of relatively new fields of study such as organometallic, bioinorganic and biophysical chemistry.

FDU: What is something that most people wouldnít know about you?

GR: Iím a nerd.  Everything from anime to Star TrekÖIíve done it all!

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