R. Carlisle Chambers

R. Carlisle Chambers, PhD

Professor of Chemistry



Office: EHS 312

I started teaching at George Fox in 1994, and my appreciation for the mission of this community has only grown since then. I value a Christ-centered environment that encourages honest reflection, sincere seeking, and personal growth. I believe that the undergraduate liberal arts-based education at George Fox University attempts to educate the whole person in preparation for a life of service.

I love chemistry, as it provides a wonderful way of understanding how our world works. I’m intrigued by the detail, economy and complexity that is evident in the chemical basis of our world. However, I don't just love chemistry for the sake of learning the fundamental scientific principles of the universe. I also love how chemistry equips one to solve important problems. I believe that a knowledge of chemistry provides creative opportunities to prepare novel chemical systems that address real-world issues.

Academic Background

BS, Chemistry, Milligan College (1986)
PhD, Inorganic Chemistry, Emory University (1992)

Expertise and Research Interests

My broad research interest is the preparation of novel chemical systems for applications in nanotechnology and medicine. My specific research projects involve the following areas: organic and inorganic compound synthesis and characterization; preparation of modified silver nanoparticles for antibacterial and anticancer applications; inorganic-organic hybrid polyoxometalate-based lyotropic liquid crystal systems; self-assembled monolayers for nanoscale electronic devices.

In addition to my doctoral research at Emory University, I also worked as a research associate at the University of Texas-Austin before coming to George Fox. All of my research work at George Fox involves undergraduate students. I believe that research is a crucial component to the development of a young scientist, and I greatly enjoy joining students in the discovery and creation of knowledge. Students are involved in every facet of the research projects, including design of the experiments, the actual laboratory work, analysis of the data, and presentation of the results.

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Publications and Presentations

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

CHEM 211/212 - General Chemistry
CHEM 310 - Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 320 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 460 - Experimental Chemistry

Outside the Classroom

I’ve been blessed with a wonderful wife and two children, with whom I love to explore the outdoors. We love to hike, bike and ski, and the Pacific Northwest has proved ample opportunities for these pursuits. As most current and former students will tell you, I follow all Pittsburgh-related sports teams, love good barbecue, enjoy classic movies and play the piano accordion. I also enjoy traveling and have had the good fortune to go on several Juniors Abroad trips to Africa, South America and Europe. These trips have also provided opportunities to practice my photography hobby.