George Ritchie, Jr.
Professor of Physics
Science Hall 339D

My current research interests include the design and development of cross-dispersive spectrograph instrumentation for LIBS (Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy), on which I am collaborating with personnel at Los Alamos National Laboratory and my associates in Tucson, AZ. LIBS is a technique for remotely obtaining atomic emission spectra from the surface of a sample, usually done by hitting the sample with a few nanosecond pulse of infrared laser light having a total energy of about 0.01-0.1 Joule.

John  Sheats
Emeritus Professor of Chemistry

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Physical Organic and Organometallic Chemistry

Organometallic Polymers- I am interested in the methods of synthesis, chemical and spectroscopic properties, and application of polymers containing metals as an integral part of their structural backbone. In cooperation with Dr. Charles Carraher of Florida Atlantic University and Dr. Charles Pittman of Mississippi State University I have organized five ACS symposia on this topic. I have also co-edited books arising from each symposia.