Associate Professor of Chemistry

Science 280

1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, OR 97520

Office Phone: (541) 552-6426

Fax: (541) 552-6415


B.A. Chemistry (1978) University of California, San Diego

Ph.D. Organometallic Chemistry (1983) University of California, San Diego

Postdoctoral Fellow (1983-1985) University of California, Irvine


Manager and Senior Scientist, Rockwell International Corporation (1985-1994)

Instructor, Fullerton College (1994-1996).

Joined the SOU Chemistry Department in 1996

Teaching Areas

Fundamentals of Chemistry (Ch 100)

General Chemistry (Ch 201/2) with Laboratory (Ch 204/5/6)

Principles of Organic Chemistry (Ch 331/2) with Laboratory (Ch 337/8) 

Inorganic Chemistry (Ch 411) with Laboratory (Ch 414)

Research Interests

My current research is on monolayer-protected gold nanoparticles, also known as Au-MPN's. Details on this work can be found in a Power Point presentation Au-MPN's .


Publications and Presentations

Hala G. Schepmann and Laura A. Hughes, "Chemical Research Writing: A Preparatory Course for Student Capstone Research," J. Chem. Ed.2006, 83, 1024.


Laura A. Hughes, "Determination of the Structure of Three Molybdenum Coordination Compounds Through Their Synthesis and Characterization Using Infrared and UV-Visible Spectroscopy," Chem. Educator2004, 9, 1-3 (web).


A complete publication list can be found here .


Professional Organizations and Affiliations

American Chemical Society (ACS), 1978 - present

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 1983 - present

Sigma Xi, 1996 - present

Association of Oregon Faculties, 2004 - present 

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