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University of Richmond Experts Discuss The Periodic Table

The United Nations has declared 2019 the International Year of the Periodic Table marking the 150th anniversary since Dmitri Mendeleev, known as "The Father of the Periodic Table," published his periodic table in 1869.

"I saw in a dream a table where all elements fell into place as required."
— Mendeleev

Chemical elements play a vital role in our daily lives, and University of Richmond faculty and staff are available to discuss specific elements related to their areas of expertise.


Elizabeth Gruner headshot

Mariama Rebello de Sousa Dias, assistant professor of physics, works with Aluminum, Element 13, as part of her research on how light interacts with metals at the nanoscale.

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Isaac Skromne headshot

Isaac Skromne, assistant professor of biology, studies Calcium, Element 20, related to bone development.

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Della Dumbaugh headshot

Della Dumbaugh, professor of mathematics, uses Carbon, Element 6, to teach the Calculus concept of Differential Equations.

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Julie Laskaris headshot

Julie Laskaris, associate professor of classical studies, has researched how Copper, Element 29, was used in ancient Greek medicine.

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Mike Leopold headshot

Mike Leopold, Floyd D. and Elisabeth S. Gottwald Professor of Chemistry, works with Gold, Element 79, on a project focusing on incorporating gold nanomaterials as a functional component of sensors for biomedical applications.

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The Halogens

Kelling Donald headshot

Kelling Donald, associate professor of chemistry, works with elements across the Periodic Table. He can speak in particular to a group of elements known as The Halogens, which he uses in his research as a theoretical and computational chemist.

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Elizabeth Gruner headshot

Elisabeth Gruner, associate professor of English, can discuss how elements like Lead, Element 82, play a role in literature.

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Matt Barany headshot

Matt Barany, head coach of the Women’s Swimming team, can speak to the importance of Oxygen, Element 8, in sleep.

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Julie Pollock headshot

Julie Pollock, assistant professor of chemistry, uses Phosphorous, Element 15, in her research related to preventing, detecting, and understanding cancer. 

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Karen Hensley headshot

Karen Hensley, a nutritionist in Dining Services, discusses the role Sodium, Element 11, plays in our diet and lives.

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Carol Parish headshot

Carol Parish, professor of chemistry, works with Sulphur, Element 16, as part of her research on alternative energy.

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Ryan Coppage headshot

Ryan Coppage, director of introductory laboratories in chemistry, can speak to the role of Rutile, a major mineral source of the Titanium, Element 22, in ceramics.

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