Research Interests


Faculty in the Department are engaged in research in a variety of sub-fields in chemistry, physics and astronomy.  At Purdue University Calumet, the faculty are encouraged to pursue research actively as part of their regular work activity.  Descriptions of faculty research programs can be found below:


Professor Dawit Gizachew research focus is in the following:  Analytical Chemistry – Food Safety, Bio-analytical Chemistry – Biomarkers

Professor Libbie Pelter works in the area of Organic Chemistry.

Professor Mike Pelter is involved in the areas of Organic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry; and Chemical Education.

Professor Hal Pinnick works on Synthetic Organic Chemistry, particularly of pharmacologically active molecules.

Professor Maria Longas is involved in funded research on the Biochemistry of Alzheimer’s Disease and on the chemistry of aging.

Professor Kay Rowberg’s research focuses on Environmental and Computational Chemistry.

Physics and Astronomy

Professor Robert Kramer research focuses on:  Energy systems; Nuclear physics engineering.

Professor Neeti Parashar is a high energy physicist who works on both the DØ Project at Fermilab and the CMS Project at CERN from Fermilab.

Professors Adam Rengstorf and Shawn Slavin are astronomers working on the Northwest Indiana Robotic Telescope Project.  Dr. Rengstorf also works on research in the area of quasar variability.  Dr. Slavin is involved in the computational astrophysics of dense star cluster dynamics and high performance computing at Purdue Calumet.

Professor Dan Suson works on Computational Physics; High Energy Astrophysics; Physics Pedagogy; and Theoretical Physics