B.S. Chemistry, Truman State University (Kirskville, Mo.), 1990
Ph.D., Chemistry (Inorganic), University of Arkansas (Fatetteville, Ark.), 1997
Dr. Bryan, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, joined the faculty at Briar Cliff in the Fall of 2000. His teaching responsibilities include Principles of Chemistry (CHEM 111, 112), Quantitative and Qualitative Chemistry, and Inorganic Chemistry.
His broad area of research is ruthenium metal complexes. He is interested in synthesizing and using compounds of the general formula [Ru(LLL)(LL)(SOx)]n+ to model the formation of acid-rain in the atmosphere. As part of these projects, he would like to be able to perform theoretical calculations on these molecules to identify possible transition states and do energy minimization calculations. Furthermore, because the oxidation of sulfur is dependent on the electronic environment of the metal, he would like to be able to characterize these complexes via cyclic voltammetry.