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Assistant Professor
Arts & Sciences
Public Relations:Josh Brown (802)656-3039
Specialty:inorganic and organometallic chemistry, catalysis, hydrogen, renewable energy
Biography:Rory Waterman is an inorganic chemist. Broadly speaking, his research explores new and useful ways to make and break chemical bonds. He is currently interested in developing catalytic methods to build bonds between main-group elements such as phosphorus, silicon, and germanium. Such bonds may give rise to new materials, including those with relevance in light-emitting diode (LED) technologies. He has additional interest in developing chemical methods to store hydrogen as part of the growing need for carbon-free fuels in the emerging global energy crisis. In addition to his teaching interests in inorganic and organometallic chemistry, Rory is also promoting the idea of science literacy, or a general understanding of science and scientific research, among nonscience majors. He is also working to develop understanding of global energy at the college and high school level. In 2007, he established a Project SEED program, which encourages economically disadvantaged high school students to pursue science through a summer research experience.