The Department of Chemistry and Physics

Photo of the Department of Chemistry  Physics faculty members

First row: Kathryn Rowberg, Libbie Pelter, Maria Longas, and Dan Suson Second Row: Robert Kramer, Adam Rengstorf, Michael Pelter, Norm Relich, Harold Pinnick, and James Lesniak

The Department of Chemistry & Physics at Purdue University Calumet provides baccalaureate degrees with several concentrations available in both areas. Faculty in our department have a breadth of experience in a wide range of sub-disciplines within chemistry and physics, and most are actively engaged in research. Both chemistry and physics majors are regularly involved in research projects with faculty and collaborators at other universities, laboratories and observatories. For more information on both the chemistry and physics programs at Purdue Calumet, click on the appropriate links to the left.

Department Head’s Message

Welcome to Chemistry and Physics!! Our department teaches chemistry, physics, general science, astronomy, and earth and atmospheric science courses – about 10,000 credits per year. These courses include traditional chemistry, physics, and astronomy courses as well as forensic science, brewing science, nanotechnology, polymer chemistry, and energy efficiency improvement. Research is as varied as the coursework and includes aging studies, star clusters, neutrinos, organometallics, chemical education, environmental pollution sources, drug design, high energy physics, quasars, purification techniques, and nanotechnology.

Our proximity to Chicago is a big plus for Chemistry and Physics. Two unique national laboratories — Argonne and Fermilab – are about an hour away. Also, there are many companies in this area which rely on chemistry and hire many chemists

We also are excited by the recent funding of a telescope to be installed in Lowell. This will be a big boost to our astrophysics efforts.

Our Department has much to offer – look over these pages and see!!





2014 Influential Woman of Northwest Indiana

Neeti Parashar


Dr. Neeti Parashar, was recognized on November 6, 2014, as the Overall Most Influential Up and Coming Woman of the Year in the 2014 Influential Women of Northwest Indiana awards competition held at Avalon Manor.  Neeti, Professor of Physics, was selected from among 172 applicants and 100 finalists for this noteworthy recognition.  Dr. Parashar, was part of the international team of researchers contributing to the discovery of the Higgs boson particle that earned the 2013 Nobel Prize in physics, she also recently was inducted into the Northwest Indiana Society of Innovators.

Congratulations, Neeti!

 Neeti Parashar

Faculty Fellow

Prof. Neeti Parashar inducted into NW Indiana Society of Innovators

A year after being recognized as a collaborator on a worldwide research team that contributed to the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics, Professor of Physics Neeti Parashar has been named a Fellow of the Northwest Indiana Society of Innovators.

1 of 6 Fellows

She was among six new Fellows recognized last week at the 10th annual Innovators Induction Ceremony, sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College Northwest.

Professor Parashar, a nine-year Purdue Calumet faculty member and 2012-13 recipient of the university’s Outstanding Scholar and Outstanding Teacher Awards, participated in the discovery of the elusive Higgs boson subatomic particle.

Shaping understanding of natural universe

Also referred to as the “God particle”, Higgs boson has been touted as a vital building block in shaping understanding about the composition and interaction of all matter in the natural universe.

Theorists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert received the 2013 Nobel Prize for their work developing the theory of the Higgs field, which prompted discovery of the Higgs boson by the team of researchers that included Professor Parashar.



   Recipient of Fall 2014

Undergraduate Research Grants



Hal Pinnick who is mentoring Keeley Mazukiewicz and

          Seidu Mahama;  

          Title:  Antagonists for the Orphan G-Protein-

          Coupled GPR55 Based on Cannabidiol (CBD)


Hal Pinnick who is mentoring Emily Wingert and

          Giovana de Silva Ramos

          Title:   Cyclopropane Rearrangement Reactions


Congratulations, Dr. Pinnick!



Recipient of Fall 2014

Indiana Space Grant


Hal Pinnick who is mentoring Jie Ning and Jiaqi Liu

          Title:   Preparation of Cannabidiol Analogs


Congratulations, Dr. Pinnick!